Naomi London One Gargantuan Optimistic Metaphor
With One Gargantuan Optimistic Metaphor, Naomi London proposes an installation based on hope and comfort. In her typical playful approach, she has diverted everyday shapes and common words to create new meanings.
Composed of the words HOPE, ESPOIR, TIKVA (Hebrew) and AMAL (Arabic), the sculptures take the shape of furniture/cushions/toys ready to welcome the viewer. Fabricated out of upholstering foam, each letter measures approximately five to six feet square by twelve inches in depth. The four words are covered in different, warm shades of material, a warmth echoed by the entire space. The large, soft objects can be touched, moved around and laid upon. A limited edition of fifty T-shirts accompanies the exhibition. The photograph of a hand with fingers crossed in the sign of hope and held up against a blue sky is printed on the front, whereas the four versions of the word hope reappear on the back.
Naomi London holds a B.F.A. from Concordia University and a M.F.A. from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Since 1989 her work has been shown in several solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the USA, Europe and Japan, including more recently the Galerie Samuel Lallouz, the Leonard & Bina Ellen Galerie at Concordia University, the Kunst & Complex in Rotterdam and the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan. Her work is part of the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Stewart Hall Art Gallery and the Musée du Québec. She lives in Montréal.