Event DetailsFebruary 29, 2020, 12:00PM – April 25, 2020, 2:00PM
Jerusalem Artists` House12 Shmuel Hanagid St.
Exhibitions Opening – February-April 2020
Eyal Sasson ‘Armpit Garden’ (painting)
Curator: Ravit Harari
Eyal Sasson’s exhibition “Armpit Garden” resembles a painterly installation, whose organs have been inflated to monumental dimensions and gone out of control. It consists of large-scale, raging, spilling, bleeding paintings that breach the boundaries of the quadrangular format, undermining the medium’s familiar boundaries. They come together to form a model of a disordered nature, an excessively flowering garden almost to the point of rotting, blended with fluid and fleshy bodily elements to create open-mouthed, carnivorous vegetal monsters. Sasson fashions surrealistic hybrids, crossing blown up elements which he isolates from nature, with body parts and fluids. The results are physical and mental landscapes swarming with emissions or emanations of paint — tantamount to outbursts of foliage or inflorescence, or to some welling forth of a spring — eliciting thoughts about the body’s wear and disintegration.
Gallery talk: Sat., April 18 at 12pm
Gideon Rubin ‘The Black Book’
Curator: Marie Shek
As part of a research for an exhibition at the Freud Museum, London, artist Gideon Rubin purchased online old newspapers and magazines from the late 1930s, relating to the period of Freud’s escape from Vienna to London. In one of the parcels he was shocked to discover a 1939 magazine containing an English translation of a chapter from Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf, published in the UK as a weekly serial. As opposed to the exclusively textual book, the magazine format contained illustrations, paintings, and photographs from Nazi Germany and the world over (including Tel Aviv), and royalties from all sales went to the British Red Cross Society, as noted on the cover.
Following the initial shock, Rubin decided to purchase the entire 18-magazine edition. Via Sisyphean, daily work, which began as a personal emotional act, he erased every word in the text with black paint, and altered and/or erased all the accompanying images. In his typical style, Rubin manipulated the photographic images by masking the figures’ faces and obliterating Nazi propaganda symbols. The methodical blackening yielded a series of abstract, monochromatic works, which introduce a symbolic act of neutralization: “rewriting” the satanic book and transforming it into a black book.
The Black Book was first exhibited at the Freud Museum, London in 2018. Its presentation in a new format at the Jerusalem Artists’ House has different, symbolic overtones.
Tue., March 3rd at 6pm with the curator and the artist
Mon., March 30th at 6pm with the curator
Abraham Kritzman ‘SMOKING’ (mixed media)
Curator: Amit Shemma
By means of cutting, fragmentation, and layering, Abraham Kritzman alludes to various gathering, wandering, and hiking experiences he had in 2015 in Piatra Neamț, a city in the Moldavia region of Romania, where his great-grandfather lived years back. During his journey, Kritzman follows the evolution of various myths that carry cultural and ideological baggage.
Architectural arches and vaults alongside peeled frescos come together to form new images that function as a visual façade for “mythic rifts”: transient fractures in the historical continuum, which strive to highlight the fluid, imaginary nature of our reality. These allusions elicit thoughts about situations in which the gathering of information and the multiplicity of data create camouflage and screening, while generating new stratified images that echo our relation to such notions as memory, experience, and interpretation. The exhibition assembles myriad depictions, a blend of forms, and a sequence of visual and experiential references to form a two-space, multi-layered installation, introducing questions regarding their recurrence, preservation, and place along the historical continuum.
Tue., March 17 at 6pm with the artist
Sat., April 4th at 12pm with the curator and the artist
David Teboul ‘Sigmund Freud, a Jew Without God’ (film)
Curator: Marie Shek
French filmmaker, artist, and writer David Teboul unfolds the chronicles of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis and one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, based on his personal letters. Teboul uses archival footage and periodic photographs, which often resemble paintings, supplemented with narration, thereby animating the film and infusing it with a vocal aspect and additional depth. The use of all these to tell Freud’s life story yields a poetic masterpiece, at once historical and dramatic.
Ofri Lifshitz ‘Industrial One Of 3.0’: an exhibition in the 22nd Nidbach series (industrial design)
Curator: Shlomit Bauman
The encounter between the human and the mechanized and coded is at the heart of Ofri Lifshitz’s exhibition. This encounter is manifested in the combination between the artist’s love for craft and matter, and reality in which the lines between man, machine, and digital media become increasingly blurred. The process began with the development of a machine operated by digital code, whose algorithm was programmed to make it simulate a process parallel to making ceramic dishes by hand. The code enables a broad range of machine movements, so that in the manufacturing process, each plate is created as a one-of-a-kind piece.
For this current research (3.0) Lifshitz opted for ceramic ware, products of the industrial world, from various factories worldwide (Rosenthal, Wedgwood, IKEA and more). Their reproduction by the machine and its operating algorithm infuses them with a new interpretation, eliciting questions: What will the language of craft look like in tomorrow’s world, and what will the new meaning of art and design be in the post-industrial age?
Tue., March 24 at 6pm with the curator and the artist
Mon., March 30th at 7pm with the artist
– Free admission –
Mon., Wed., Thurs. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tues. 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Jerusalem Artists’ House Tel. 02-6253653