Exhibition Dates: October 30 - December 6
Artist's Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 30
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Orit Raff & catalogue essayist Eva Diaz:
Thursday, November 6
This exhibition marks the artist's fifth solo show with Julie Saul Gallery. Thirteen new works from the aritst's Priming series will be on view. A fully-illustrated catalogue, produced by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, complete with essays by Nili Goren, Jenny Erpenbeck, and Eva Dias accompanies the exhibition. Priming draws from the mind's eye. For them Raff worked digitally to construct images that depict literary scenes. These interiors, are quiet and charged. They are mysterious and gripping. We have a strange relation to them as we at first identify and then reconstruct actions from the clues left in the space.
These works root in us through familiarity and a sense of intimacy. Often we are drawn by a recognition of these spaces, titles are after the literary works, so connections are surely made. Another method of connection is through the intimate nature of the spaces themselves. Many of the frames are personal spaces including bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and other living spaces.
The stillness present in frames is unsettling, yet adds an alluring tension that only works to draw us deeper. These paces have witnessed actions that almost seem to echo back and reverberate through the frames. Many of the stories are well-known, including Flaubert's Madame Bovary, but the sweep of stories is broad, including Henry James' Turn of the Screw, Donna Tartt's Secret History, and Amoz Oz's My Michael, among others.
For more information on this exhibition or to preview the works online, please visit Julie Saul Gallery.
Orit Raff, Visitation (2013)
Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery