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Artist's Reception: Ilit Azoulay at Andrea Meslin Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 7, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Room #8

Exhibition Dates: March 7 - April 13, 2013

Artist's Reception:
Thursday, March 7
6:00-8:00 pm

Artist talk with Christopher Phillips:
Saturday, March 9th

12:00 - 2:00 pm


Ilit Azoulay's second exhibition at the Andrea Meslin Galelry is as interesting as the first. This new series draws on field work. As before, the process is king, and Azoulay engages collecting, archiving, organizing, and arranging in her work. Azoulay begins through visits to buildings in Tel Aviv that are soon to be demolished; while in these places she is attentive to the organization of space, materials, and surfaces. Once the building is raised Azoulay returns to the site where she digs through the rubble and refuse to uncover fragments large and small. Azoulay takes only photos with her when she leaves, so these found bits of important material are well documented. Back in the studio, Azoulay works to reconfigure, reinvent, and reorder what she has accumulated. The result are inspired imagined spaces, some of which are massive in size- nearly 30 feet long. The scale draws us not only in but into; we trace the steps of passages lost. Some scenes allow us to rest and seem plausible, at least in part, while others are so perfectly disjointed that after we fail to stabilize self or rationalize plane we give up and engage them as they are- upturned.

The works are curious- both secretive and revealing, and in the end it iswewho negotiate and rationalize new combinations. Azoulay explains the work as being "Like a cabinet of curiosities (wunderkammer)" where "the display is intended to create interferences in the place where our brain is conditioned to create connections and meanings between the objects."

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Andra Meslin Galelry

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