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Meyer Vaisman

As if by some unexpected formal progression, Meyer Vaisman has moved from representations of blown-up canvas weave to actual fabrics and reproduction tapestries. His new work is richer both in texture and in associations than anything he’s shown so far. Starting with expensive decorator tapestries, Vaisman seamlessly incorporates cartoon figures into the depicted scenes. As in a game of “What’s Wrong with This Picture?” at first glance it is difficult to tell what has been altered. In a work entitled The Making of the Wool (all works 1990) the viewer suddenly discovers a pair of cartoon laughing girls and a mule humping a sheep in the middle of the picturesque scene. In another piece called The Hunt, a Disney-style girl with a deer’s body joins the party.

The tapestries themselves are lovely to look at; they have a veneer of legitimacy that Vaisman’s inserts subtly violate, but never entirely

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