Alouette: a Solo Exhibition by Tamir Chen

    Event Details

    March 25, 2021 – May 15, 2021
    Tel Aviv Artist's Studios
    Hatavor 32
    Tel Aviv, Israel

    Event Info

    The solo exhibition, curated by Eitan Buganim, presented at the project space of the Tel Aviv Artists’ Studios. It showcases oil and wax on canvas, drawings, and wax casts – all created over the last year – which aspire to deconstruct and rework the image of a bird-tree. 

    I first encountered the bird-tree in the Netherlands: an object constructed of stuffed birds that were remolded and ‘planted’ on small pieces of wood in a layout that could not have existed in the natural world. This object, with its ability to be both dead and alive, had me in a spell. I pored over it at length. I longed to unite this quality with painting – petrified and inanimate, but filled with nuance, life, and sexuality. 

    The act of repeating the bird-tree image promotes a deepening gaze into the abstract depths embodied within it and within painting as a whole; a sphere is formed, in which the bird breaks down, disappears, and is born again; finally, the image transforms into a cover for the actual story: a tale about a painting that is both tree and bird, and neither one of them.

    Alouette is a French song with a naïve, sweet-sounding composition that a young boy sings to a bird while plucking its feathers and dissecting its corpse. I sensed an affinity between the dissonance inherent in Alouette and my exhibition – that it stems from the same carnal savagery and fervor tucked away in each of us – passions that guide me in my studio work. 

    Painting for me is a sensual, husky, mysterious act. These thoughts have been my chaperons for a long while. They accompanied my final exhibition at Bezalel and I believe that they will stay with me for years to come throughout my continued explorations.

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