14Y Gallery

On Display Through December 31

Damien Olsen Berdichevsky
The Guardian of the Clan

On display through December 31

“These three sculptures are the result of my year as a LABA Fellow focused on Taboo. The works represent and amalgam of our LABA study of Torah, Kabbalah and Talmud texts with my own interest in Sigmund Freud’s treatise, Totem and Taboo. Freud’s theories link certain aspects and behaviors in ancient cultures, including taboos, to totemism, ritual, and ceremony.

As an abstract artist, I was faced with the task of translating this investigation of Taboo into my personal visual language. Most of this process relied on free associations, dream theory and the expression of emotions and feelings which, in turn is exhibited through the concrete presence of the artwork.”

Damien Olsen Berdichevsky is a multi-disciplinary artist who throughout his life has consistently created art and music. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961 to a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant family. He studied Psychology and Dance Theater at the University of Buenos Aires and at the University of Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil. Damien has continued to work in sculpture, painting, photography, video and music. He studied musical composition and free jazz improvisation with Raol Bjorkenheim. He also has performed at a variety of venues in the NYC area, both solo and collaboratively.


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