Division of the Vision
Exhibition Dates: January 15 - February 21, 2015
Thursday, January 15
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Division of the Vision, is an exhibition of sculpture, video and photo-based work by Israeli artist Assaf Shaham. Shaham draws attention to the divide between perception and reality in still and moving images. Recognizing that obeying prescribed roles of artist, camera and subject, limits the possibility of representing reality, his work attempts to break down and reconfigure these roles.
Shaham challenges the role of the artist by relinquishing control of the creative process to machines. Shaham states that:
“My investigations center, for the most part, on simple, mass-produced, easily available appliances such as calculators, cameras, watches...My assumption is that every appliance, material and mechanism predicts its user – so that the user is...already included in the instruction manual...By introducing disruptions into [this] manual, I suggest a way of rethinking its potential...”
The light-only “scanograms” from Shaham’s series Full Reflection, are made by two reciprocating office scanners. One scanner projects light and the other captures its effects. Shaham experiments with the settings of the scanners and their orientation to one another to create abstract and colorful images resembling paintings by Mondrian or Rothko with the experimental spirit of Dada.
Assaf Shaham’s photographs have been exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; The Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai; Shpilman Institute for Photography, Tel Aviv; and the Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem, among others. Shaham received the Constantiner Photography Award from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2012) and the Shpilman Institute for Photography Scholarship for Excellence (2011). Born in Jerusalem in 1983, Shaham currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel and Lisbon, Portugal. - adapted from Yossi Milo Press Release
To learn more about this exhibition, preview the works online, or read the full press release, please visit Yossi Milo Gallery
From the series Full Reflection
FR (300 DPI), 2012
© Assaf Shaham, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York