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Frederick Yocum

The Telephone Series

These paintings were mostly prompted in thinking about transition and absence in the context of traditions that commemorate the events described in the book of Exodus when God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. They deal with transition. There is someone here, but not here.

Painting of a rotary telephone off the hook, with a handkerchief lying between phone and reciever.

Afikoman

Notes

The Afikoman, a piece of matzos, cracker-like bread, wrapped in a ceremonial cloth, plays a part in the Jewish Passover celebration. It is hidden and then held to ransom by the children until the end of the meal, when, traditionally, it is the last food eaten.

Media Oil
Support Canvas
Other Material Oak and Rusted Steel
Size 750 mm x 800 mm

Passover

Notes

This series was, in part, an attempt to create a transitional state out of inanimate objects. There is someone here, but not here. It is linked to the Passoever tradition of setting a place at the table for the prophet Elijah.

Media Oil
Support Canvas on board
Other Material Oak And Rusted Sheet Metal
Size 800 mm x 1100 mm
A telephone sits on a table, the receiver off the hook and a tissue nearby.

Passover Small

Notes

The telephone is off the hook.

Media Oil
Support Canvas on board
Other Material Oak and Rusted Steel
Size 370 mm x 540 mm