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David Abed
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starting another skull painting.
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1/26/17
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Amira ( My Autistic daughter) 8''x10'' Oil on copper
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Artist David Abed “Nebulous” 8"×10" oil on copper
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9/12/15
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Artist David Abed “Nebulous II” 8"×10" oil on copper
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Patron’s review of Chicago Symbolist painter David Abed"s “Primal Sympathy”.

Unveiling the latest masterworks from Chicago Symbolist painter David Abed. In "Primal $ympathy," Abed addresses the interplay between capitalism and the modern health-care system, in an approach both expressive and refined.
 
His last exhibit evocatively titled "Liquid Modernity," was a sensation, garnering local and national press, for its provocative depiction of existential themes. Kathleen Rooney, in "The Believer".

As William Osler noted in his landmark 1913 lectures, medicine arose out of a "primal sympathy"- the desire to help those in sorrow, need, and sickness.  But modern medicine's industrialization has its impact on this innate desire to minister to others.  The connection between doctor and patient is distanced and compromised by managed care, insurance companies, market access, formularies, and even litigation.  Sympathy has become commoditized.
 
The subject matter is close to Abed's heart. In 2004, his twin daughters were born three months early, each under two pounds.  Both children spent four months in intensive care before they finally came home, dependent on feeding tubes and machines. At times, instead of looking into his children's eyes, he anxiously read numbers on a machine.  Instead of listening to their nighttime infant babble, he searched for the sound of beep-abnormal breathing.  Abed is in awe of and indebted to modern medicine, which saved his children lives, but he's also noted the effects of an overly medicalized path.  
 
 The work in Primal $ympathy is conflicted and nuanced.  Abed uses the snake as a recurring motif (evoking both Poison & Antidote) and makes use of its opposing associations. He evokes the ancient serpentine symbols of "The Rod of Asclepius" (staff with single serpent) and its oft confused "Caduceus" (with twin serpents), pointing towards their contradictory overtones. The Rod of Asclepius was the emblem of healing in ancient Greece, while the Caduceus, or staff of Hermes, was associated with messengers, merchants, and thieves.
 

David Abed's latest work recognizes the limitations of modern medicine when it comes to healing the mind of anguish, guilt, and trauma.  Primal $ympathy is the patient ministering to himself.  Every painting is an antidote - to anger, loss, confusion, uncertainty, and ultimately, to overwhelming love.

David Abed's Primal $ympathy runs May 15 - June 28th.
 
For information about acquiring works, Please contact our director, Jerry Suqi, 312.617.8711 or jerry@galeriefledermaus.com 
Gallery is open Sundays 12 - 6 pm or by appointment.
  
Galerie Fledermaus
2136 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
 
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2015-06-08
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Painting “Removed” by David Abed for the show “Primal Sympathy” at Galerie Fledermaus 
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"Antonyms" detail 36x82 inches, Oil on Linen
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