new-york

Yishai Jusidman

Elizabeth Mcdonald Gallery

Yishai Jusidman presents a series of wooden globes and elipses, each about 20 inches in diameter, perched on brass poles at various heights near eye level. Each is overlaid with a wax-and-pigment encaustic and shows a landscape or, in a few cases, something like a schematic starscape. One seems to be unfinished, so that the patchwork of wood beneath is exposed; on another the colors are so pale, the landscape so flat, and the horizon so low that the effect is nearly abstract. A third has what appears to be gold leaf on top, which lends to the scene below a bright, almost revelatory glow. In another room, two globes, with their even more abstract heavenly circles, seem to represent the epicycles of the planets and the spinning paths of the stars in the sky.

At first the effect is disorienting; one looks at a globe expecting to see a map, with the countries and oceans laid out in two-dimensional

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