Artists' Reception & Book Signing: Shai Kremer at Julie Saul Gallery
Opening reception & book signing
Thursday, September 8, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 8 - October 15
Fallen Empires follows Infected Landscape and takes a look back into time at the failed attempts to occupy the land of Israel. Through time grand civilizations have tried to control the land and with Fallen Empires Shai Kremer points to eons of attempts from the ancient civilization of Masada, the Roman era, and the Turkish Empire to the Medieval Crusaders, and into the more modern era through both World Wars and the present Palestinian conflict.
Fallen Empires takes the Inflected Landscape series to another level. We had seen images of contemporary remains of destruction- abandoned UN bases, arms factories, training stations, and protective walls; the new work looks so far into time that the real question on the artists' mind, "Who if anyone, has the right to own the land" is put into a perspective that transcends contemporary dispute.
Twisted mettle from our time is juxtaposed with images of ancient walls, Turkish Railroad Stations, Roman arches, Zion's Gate with video cameras mounted- the more we look the more we have to question the capacity or legitimacy of imperialism. Shai Kremer does capture the beauty of the land and hope shines through the works. Beautiful light, verdant pastures, seascapes and deserts all have an ancient elegance that persists even through the scars and destruction.
Artist to attend reception and sign copies of the 136 page monograph. Hardcover includes 50 color plates and is available through the gallery and publisher, Dewi Lewis Publishing.
For more information please visit Julie Saul Gallery
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