A number of works by David Breuer-Weil are to be included in an exhibition at Stern Pissarro Gallery (18 June – 8 July 2015). The drawings will be shown alongside works by Pissarro, Degas, Renoir, Matisse, Léger and Hirst.
Also on display will be a previously unseen sculpture by Breuer-Weil entitled Flight showing a sculpture of a flying man.
He commented, Sculpture, especially in bronze, usually represents weight and place. The image of the flying man represents the opposite: weightlessness and freedom. This is an airborne man, the quintessential modern image: the human on the move. In today’s world nobody is bound to one particular place. It seems like nothing to travel thousands of miles in a day. I fly all the time and produce a large number of my drawings and small paintings when in flight. Flying frees the mind. Human aspiration and ambition has always been represented by the idea of flying; but it is also about human and artistic freedom, the possible flights of the imagination where anything is possible. And we are now venturing out, exploring space as never before. However there is some ambiguity in the title. Flight also suggests escaping. The straps are visible embodiments of the invisible ties that bind us to a place, person or situation even when we are about to depart. In this sculpture the paradox is that these very straps that bind us to the ground are what enable the figure to fly as a sculpture. In my paintings, drawings and sculptures I have often produced images of straps and bindings to represent our ties with other people, siblings, parents and our past. These straps also reference the umbilicus. In a sense we spend our whole lives tearing away from the things that connect us to our source.