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Tal Adler
mixed media
8x8x16 cm

 

 


Sam Azoulay
Blue square
ink on paper
70x70 cm

 

 

 

 

 


Ariel Eilon
Landscape no.2
colour photograph
42x61 cm

 

 

 

 




Ofer Blanc
Untitled
colour photograph
50x50 cm

 

 


Issu Golbahar
Untitled
mixed media - Color on paper 70x50 cm

 

 

 


Noa Vidman
Vice - Work-bench,
para-rubber
206x58x85 cm

 

 

 

 


Marcelo Lauber
GREETINGS FROM THE HOLY LAND
One of a series of tourist postcards publication - print 90 x 20 cm

 

 

 

 


Uriel Miron
Chaise-Prongue
wood, foam-rubber,
fabric 109 x 114x 76 cm

 

 





Shmulik Mangan
Automatic poison device
readymade syringe, stainless steel and copper 60 x 70 cm

 


Steve Sabella
Search
colour photograph
30 x 40 cm

 

 

 


Mimi Smilan
Untitled
photograph collage
100 x 90 cm

Tal Adler | Sam Azoulay | Ariel Eilon | Ofer Blanc | Issu Golbahar | Noa Vidman | Marcelo Lauber | Uriel Miron | Shmulik Mangan | Steve Sabella | Mimi Smilan


This exhibition inaugurates the Artists Studios, a new centre for multi- and inter-disciplinary creative art. The location - in this wondrous city of Jerusalem, specifically, at its "Teddy" football stadium, at the divide between mass entertainment and ("elitist") visual art - appears to highlight a series of stark and glaring contradictions, like that supposedly setting art against ball games.

But the "contradiction" is illusory. The admixture of the physical with the spiritual is ancient, its roots buried deep in human history and in creeds, ancient and modern, that elevated man's corporal and cultural beauty as integral whole. This concept has been a vital component of the humanistic outlook since the dawn of civilization, and it remains a firm element in the evolution of modern humanity.

Side by side, in cross-pollination: artistic creativity and play, in the hope that the blessed synthesis between body and spirit will be generated through dialogue that challenges and confounds formalistic dogma. Behind the seemingly inflexible rules of "the game" are the free definitions of creation and creativity. For in the absence of those elements, there can be nothing of "the game", the contest that elevates to beauty and perfection.

The post-modern discourse hinges principally upon the artistic creativity that constitutes its central axis, in the constant quest for originality. On the threshold of the 21 st century the young artist is called upon to discard the formulae and definitions dictated by an artistic establishment that categories art forms according to its own needs - a diktat that has often given rise to utterances of a false identity and chauvinism.

The natural location for artistic creativity is in a physical space that allows the necessary freedom of movement and flow, each move - on the canvas as on the football field - possessing a value of its own. The Artists Studios offer a unique creative facility for a group of young artists who represent a cross-section of present-day art. This unique space endows their creative efforts with the necessary physical and spiritual conditions, enabling them to conduct a fruitful and significant discourse among themselves, drawing upon one another but subject to no-one. The outcome is integral visual art that finds expression in sculpture, colour, material, movement and light, which together produce the experience of the unexpected, from the formulae and guidelines of the creative language with which we are acquainted from the annals of art.

This exhibition is an entry ticket into the modern art-world of shifting borders and ephemeral identities: art that fluctuates between classifications, evading labels or definitions.

Hedva Shemesh
The Gallery Curator


Tal Adler

A graduate of the school of photography, Mussrara, Jerusalem, Adler also attended the city's Spiegel school of television and cinema. He is currently studying at Bezalel (art department, programmed for young artists).
Adler has held group and solo exhibits at: the Jerusalem school of photography; "Tahana Betnuah" Tel Aviv; gallery of the Bezalel school of photography; the Jerusalem Artists House.

I am an inter-disciplinary artist turning out collectors' items.
Have you been to an exhibition of mine? Have you bought a work of mine? Have you taken part in a project of mine? If so, you're a collector.

Tal Adler, Jerusalem 1999


Sam Azoulay

A graduate of Bezalel with BFA and MFA degrees, Azoulay also studied at the Sorbonne. Was awarded the Samuel prize for painting and a prize for distinction from the Bezalel art department. He has taken part in group and solo exhibitions at Jerusalem Artists House;Kalisher Gallery, Tel Aviv; Bezalel. He lives and works in Jerusalem.

This work depicts the deconstruction of the act of painting, leading me to deal with the elemental, the 'almost nothing'. By a minimalist abstract procedure, I reduced my paintings to a monochromatic variation constructed by tracing horizontal and vertical lines, and dots. From this mechanical handwork process, like weaving a material into the paper, there emerges from between the lines a pictorial realism, a landscape. The intriguing outcome hints at the link between realism and the abstract, supported by the symbolic junction of architectural painting technique and the pictorial reality of the painting.

 

Sam Azoulay, Jerusalem 1999


Ariel Eilon

A graduate of the Jerusalem school of photography, Eilon won a scholarship from the school and from the Jerusalem Foundation. He has taken part in group and solo exhibitions at the Jerusalem Theatre; the Jerusalem school of photography; the Dada study centre. He teaches at the Dada centre. His works have been put onsale by Sotheby's, in Israel and elsewhere.

The landscape photographs I create are transformed, in the spectator's eyes, into an apocalyptic environment divorced from reality and taken with colour photography techniques. The situation appears irremediable, but it generates tension between the calamity and the tranquility of the colours, a situation suggesting
e silence succeeding the storm.

Ariel Eilon, Jerusalem 1999.


Ofer Blanc

A graduate ofthe Jerusalem school of photography, Blanc teaches photography to the handicapped and works at the Jerusalem art-print workshop.
He has exhibited at Beit Argentina, Jerusalem; Tel Hai museum of photography; the Jerusalem Theatre; the Jerusalem school of photography; Jerusalem Artists House.

My work touches upon the Eretz Yisrael conflict between West and East. On the one hand, Western time, swift, capitalist; on the other, Eastern time, traditional and spiritual, stemming from our very existence in this place where we are.

Ofer Blanc, Jerusalem 1999


Issu Golbahar

Graduate of the Dusseldorf academy; studies under Gunter Uecker and external studies at Bezalel. Born in Germany, she has lived in Teheran, London and Dusseldorf. She has held solo- and group shows at: Artists' House, Jerusalem; Gimel Gallery, Jerusalem; "Autumn salon", Ramat Gan Museum; Biennale, Los Angeles; Pozner Gallery; Delta Gallery, Dusseldorf; "le Chat Noir", London; Jerusalem Municipal Gallery. Her work can be found in collections in Israel and abroad. She lives and works in Jerusalem.

In my work I engage inexamination of opposites arid the attempt to create links between them, opposites like East-West, left-right inner-outer etc. I am also interested in inter-personal links, particularly those taken for granted.

Issu Golbahar, Jerusalem 1999


Noa Vidman

A graduate of the Jerusalem visual theatre school, Vidman specialised in set design and stage sculpture. She won scholarships from the Jerusalem Foundation, and from the U.S. Israel Sharett Foundation. She shared in several group exhibits and art projects in the course of her studies.

Sculpture works inrubber, depicting the body as matter and image. Rubber is the body's skin, enfolding, enveloping and sealing, like the peel protecting the fruit kernel.

Noa Vidman, Jerusalem 1999


Marcelo Lauber

A graduate of the Musrara ( Jerusalem) school of photography, Lauber studied and worked as youth instructor in Buenos Aires (Argentine), San Francisco and Israel. He gained the Jerusalem mayor's award for artistic achievement and social involvement. He also won a scholarship at the school of photography; Jerusalem.

He has exhibited at the Jerusalem Theatre; the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; Artists House, Jerusalem; the Tel Hai museum of photography; the RE gallery, Paris.

Taking photographs of the objects of civilization' the traces that mankind - as creature of history - leaves in its trail, and the landscape that our society generates; "speaking" of man without him ever appearing in picture. Conducting a kind of study - anthropological, topographical and archeological, with the photograph as its mode of expression. In an effort to pose questions concerning these issues, confronting the observer with a trick resting upon our confidence in photography as representation of the truth.

Marcelo Lauber, Jerusalem 1999


Uriel Miron

BFA graduate of Bezalel, MFA graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, with a BA in literature from Yale University. Awarded the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award and an MFA scholarship by the School of Visual Arts. He has held solo-and group exhibits at the Israel Museum; Visual Arts Gallery, Soho, New York; West Side Gallery, New York, and the Tova Osman Gallery, Tel Aviv.

Childhood memories, primarily of transition and dislocation, are at the heart of my work, as the source of imagery, choice of materials and the feelings I try to evoke. Equally important to me is how I remember, and particularly the tension between how I observe things now and how I remember observing them in the past. Thus, while my pieces often recall common everyday objects, they are always fictitious, for memory is in fact a story we tell ourselves, a story that changes with every retelling.

Uriel Miron, Jerusalem, 1999


Shmulik Mangan

A graduate of Bezalel art and design academy (jewelry design section) Mangan also holds a BFA art degree. Studied painting, sculpture, drawing, graphic design - at Givat Ram. He designs jewelry and sundry objects. Born in Nahlaot, he lives and works in Jerusalem.

My creations are goldsmith's designs whose aesthetic and minimalist character stems from form related to action. Forms and materials are chosen according to the purpose of the object, its function and mode of use.
'One-off' objects, constructed by mixed techniques of machining and casting, for specific needs or purposes.

Shmulik Mangan, Jerusalem 1999


Steve Sabella

A graduate of the Jerusalem school of photography and with a degree from ICS, Sabella previously attended the Jerusalem College des Freres.
Sabella has exhibited in group and solo shows at the Jerusalem school of photography; Tel Hal Museum; Beit Ha'am, Tel Aviv; the French cultural centre, Jerusalem. He writes philosophy, teaches photography to Jewish and Arab children, and has taken part in a number of art programmes on television. He lives and works in Jerusalem.

Art has been a shelter to hide in. This shelter allows me to break free day by day. I try in most of my work to show a trace of light. I jump to an invisible world - to a place where only the imagination can reach. In my photographs, I offer the viewer the opportunity to transport himself from his normal and known dimension to another one.

 

Steve Sabella, Jerusalem 1999


Mimi Smilan

A graduate of Bezalel (art department) with a BFA degree, Smilan also studied in Rome ( Italy) and Munich ( Germany). She engages in painting, illustration and computer graphics, and lectures on art. She lives and works in Jerusalem.

Photography, painting and the three-dimensional are 'an open field' from which I select and create in keeping with the content I wish to express. The two-dimensional surface generally contains testimony to an absent three-dimensional, suggesting the objects exist elsewhere (e.g. a painting of a folded painting, photograph of a as sculptural underlay on which images are projected).
I take photographs of myself and stage various situations; I preoccupy myself with the experiences of alienation, masquerading, and various representations of femininity and sexuality taking form within a childish world. The works are playing fields, or perhaps a stage where I inject the objects into various 'scenes' or 'roles'.

Mimi Smilan, Jerusalem, 1999

 

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