Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is very pleased to present its ninth solo exhibition with Peggy Preheim. Titled Facing Time, the exhibition is comprised of a series of figures, drawn, photographed, sculpted, and staged, that focus on the transience of life, examining the consequences of the passage of time and the cyclical nature of human experience, with powerfully symbolic personal, biblical, and mythological imagery. This presentation, the most in depth to date, includes exquisitely rendered works on paper, sculptures, and photography. Both new and classic, the works are simultaneously accessible yet mysterious, revealing yet elusive, strikingly intimate and yet always universal.
Preheim broadens the scope of her artistic inquiry in Facing Time, elaborating on her past exploration of images from childhood to examine different phases in human progression. Although primarily figurative, Preheim’s work is simultaneously non-narrative and not exclusively personal; her aim is not to singularly examine her own transformations, but rather to present the major dichotomies that exist in each life: the public and private worlds, the past and the present, the sacred and secular, the conscious and the subconscious. No matter how large her surface, Preheim presents these dichotomies in drawings that are small in scale, and she often shelters her figures within a geometric design, as in “Geiser,” “Roots,” and “Dormir.” The surrounding blankness of the paper and the geometric framework that Preheim gives her figures serve a type of cartographic placement, the eye travels from the blank whiteness of the frame to the shape that surrounds the figure until it lands on the figure itself; this format requires a more active engagement from the viewer, literally drawing them in, and exhorting a close examination.