Elijah Kaufman was born in Manhattan in 1976. He received his B.A.from Sarah Lawrence College in 1998 and also studied at The Art Students League of New York. Mr. Kaufman currently teaches art in a public school in Philadelphia. He lives in Bucks County, PA.
Mr. Kaufman's sculpture was in a Group Exhibition at the Bucks County Sculpture Show. Previously he exhibited at the Artsbridge Annual Show, the Allied Artists of America Annual Show, Peace Antiques in Woodstock, NY and participated in a Group Exhibition at Gallery Balsamo in Chichester, NY. Early honors for Mr. Kaufman include three First Place awards and one Second Place award for sculptures in class shows at The Art Students League of NY between 1996 and 2000.
Mr. Kaufman works in three different styles. Foremost, he sculpts single
figures and torsos, playing on anatomy
with large volumes and abbreviated forms. While these works are cubist
in influence, they address dimension and shape rather than ideas of
perception. Texture and process disrupt any smooth lines and classical
proportions, forcing the question of what is natural.
Additionally, Mr. Kaufman works on "Story
Sculptures". These allegorical pieces portray the tension,
transience and complexity of relationships. Mr. Kaufman avoids the
conventions of drama in these pieces by relying on strong composition.
The symmetry of a slightly turned head is often enough to convey interpersonal
context. The story sculptures are bookish and understated,
instructing the viewer to read beyond the interplay of component
figures and see a beautiful, human math.
Finally, Mr. Kaufman produces humorous sculptures based on observations of people in awkward social situations. With a certain whimsy, he refers to these sculptures as "Chimerae," plural of Chimera, meaning in Greek mythology: "an imaginary monster made up of grotesquely disparate parts." The chimerae of Mr.Kaufman occupy two worlds at once, subscribing both to the classical intonation of their title and also the modern implications of chimera as "fanciful mental illusion or fabrication." The works themselves are formal hybrids--- Mr. Kaufman grafts heads from Assyrian, Egyptian and West African sculptures onto human torsos. Already out of their element, anthropomorphic creatures are displaced in common, awkward, even humiliating social situations.