Zeva Oelbaum: Hand to Hand
March 22nd - April 21st 2007

Hand To Hand: Photographs by Zeva Oelbaum, the artist’s second solo exhibition with Hirschl & Adler Modern, opens on March 22, and will remain on view through April 21. The exhibition features 18 toned gelatin silver prints that Oelbaum photographed in 2005-06, depicting fragments of endpapers from old Hebrew books passed down through generations. Manipulating imagery from her families’ books and others sourced from the Jewish community, Oelbaum creates a body of work that transforms markings written in multiple languages –– Latin, Russian, German, Polish, Aramaic, and Yiddish –– into a coherent visual story. With her camera, Oelbaum immortalizes the inherent lyricism in a word, a scribble, and even something as seemingly insignificant as an ink blot, as they dance across the page, transformed from language to pure form.