Exhibition Title: Perspectives of Protest & In The Body of Wood
Venue: Jerusalem Print Workshop
Dates: On view until June 30, 2017.
The Jerusalem Print Workshop’s exhibitions are always a fascinating glimpse into the progress of printmaking in Israel’s current artistic trends, as well as a celebration of printmaking in Israel’s history. Two current exhibitions celebrate the influence of Israeli printmaking Jacob Pins, who worked primarily with woodcuts, 100 years after his birth.
Perspectives of Protest highlights the work of the second generation of woodcut artists in Israel, some of whom were Pins’ students. These works from the 21st century convey various expressive forms of criticism, revolution and protest typical of the woodcut medium in modern art.
In The Body of Wood presents the works of the winners of the Jacob Pins Prize for an Israeli Graphic Artists. This exhibition indicates the medium’s continuity and its renewed blossom since the 1980s. Awarded every two years since 2008, each winner presented in In The Body of Wood presents a body of work that unravels the process of form and content present in printmaking and reflects on the medium’s contemporary relevancy.
Exhibition Title: The Day When Nothing Happened
Venue: Art Cube Artists’ Studios
Date: On view until June 30t, 2017.
A collaboration between Polish artist Magdalena Franczak and Israeli artist Yael Frank. These two artists first collaborated on an exhibition from two years ago at Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Poland. Now, they return to work together, reflecting on the dialogue between the two artists who are physically and culturally far away yet examining the possiblity of a joint artwork that cracks in the process.
Exhibition title: Thou Shalt Not
Venue: Museum on The Seam
Dates: Opens May 12, 2017
Faith that seeks to strictly preserve the boundaries and laws of Jewish tradition has always experienced difficulties coping with rapid changes around it, whereas contemporary art serves as a mirror depicting our times and their constant change. It seems that lately and interaction is taking place between these two worlds, however faith and art will continue to seek the path between confrontation and reconciliation. This group exhibition serves as a bridge while helping us understand this renewed discourse and brings together these two worlds through the powerful messages that the artists choose to convey to us.
Exhibition title: Eat, Fall Apart, Collect
Venue: Beita Jerusalem
Dates: On view until May 19th
Eat, Fall Apart, Collect presents the songs of Cheli Tal Shalem, an Israeli bibliotherapist and poet, printed on a translucent platform and presented on the windows in the exhibition space; along with the paintings of Yael Oren and videos of chef and restaurateur Omer Tal documenting the preparation of small portions of food using modern cooking techniques. All of these works come together to provide discourse on one subject: food. Food is a distinct memory agent, a geographical messenger carrying with it ethnicity and culture. The transition from nourishment to food is complex, and in the paintings, poems and videos, the danger of dissolution from one to the other, a shattering and longing for a festive nourishment, is present in an illusionary yet relatable revelation.