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Artist's Reception & Gallery Talk: Andrea Meislin Gallery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sharon Ya'ari

Leap Toward Yourself

Exhibition Dates: March 8 – April 26, 2014

Reception & Gallery Talk: 
Saturday, March 8th 
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Artist and Gallery Talk between Sharon Ya'ari and ICP curator Christopher Phillips

This exhibition marks Sharon Ya’ari’s first solo show at the gallery, and is being held in conjunction with the artist's one-person show at the Tel Aviv Museum Leap Toward Yourself.  Ya'ari's work is rooted in both the mundane and the profound.  While sites selected are common there exists a certain perfection to the images- a subtle subconscious structure that speaks to underlying frames of place, history, and politics.  What enriches these spaces is a slow-watching that occurs as Ya'ari returns to sites over time.  Through the evolution of images and juxtapositions we notice slight shifts to space that exist among similarities.  Changes that cannot be controlled or predicted poke through anchor-points of stability and all our visual senses become heightened.  In dual mages of Haplada Street, an empty lot on a street corner, taken in 2011 and 2013 we recognize the place by the number on the lamplight and see an obvious change immediately- the absence of a large tree in the later image is striking, abrupt, even a bit alarming.  We sense an emptiness in the second frame, but we identify a stability in the later shot as well- the street lamps and power lines, the wall across the street remain fixed and we feel as if they have endured something profound somehow.  We see the grass has overgrown the vacant lot, but we also spot a car in both images and wonder if it is the same vehicle and even drift to thinking about its owner.  Meislin Gallery’s choice to include two bedroom images
David Ben-Gurion's Bed, Kibbutz Sde Boker, 2012 and
Paula Ben-Gurion's Bed, Kibbutz Sde Boker,
 2012 was poignant and again reveals Ya’ari’s fascination with place.  In these works our eye floats from frame to frame revealing shifts in the mirror-like commonalities between the images.  We begin to wonder if the tenant or the location has changed. Each room has two windows, blue walls, rose-colored coverlets, and wood bedside tables.  We watch Ya’ari’s images and as we do we are forced to consider how to represent what is already representational, how to manage the gap between the ideal and the real and how to reconcile the subtlety of the photographic gesture with the over-bearing political context. 

The museum exhibition is curated by Urs Stahel and is accompanied by a comprehensive publication published by Steidl and the Tel Aviv Museum.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Andrea Meislin Gallery

Image information: 

Sharon Ya'ari, ANZAC Monument, 2010
75 x 59 inches, Edition of 5

Courtesy of Andrea Meislin Gallery


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