DFN Gallery presents Rick Finkelsteins exhibition of large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings and his animated short film, WITHOUT WINGS. This film explores the relationship between the artists need to create, the process of creation and the need to revisit past traumatic experiences. Once a drawing is completed, it is photographed and then reworked, with no trace of the original drawing except the filmed record. These drawings are Finkelsteins tangible representations of what Freud called the repetition compulsion -- the continuous process of working and reworking traumatic material.
The films animation consists of single drawings sequentially drawn and erased, and includes childlike cutouts moving against a static backdrop. Each drawing represents a distilled moment in the animated story, and together they allow the dream-like narrative to evolve.
Rick Finkelstein has been drawing and painting for several years following a career as a public interest and criminal trial lawyer and as an assistant professor at New York University Law School. His work has been exhibited at DFN Gallery and at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, Parkers Box in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and at the Inquiring Mind Gallery in Saugerties, New York.