Weekly Highlights in Jerusalem’s Contemporary Art Scene
Exhibition Opening: Bright Moon/Dark Coffee
A joint exhibition by Yehudis Barmatz and Elinora Schwartz. The exhibition presents installations, photographs, and sculpture and video work. Each work points to a personal, complete, and closed story that tries to evade consciousness and at the same time strives to be revealed. Through attention to diverse materials such as coal, house dust, black coffee, glass, and more, Two artists touch on the tension between a charged, personal, and family past, where they are mothers and artists in a Hasidic Orthodox society — as well as on various issues related to gender, femininity and memory.
Exhibition Opening Wednesday February 5, 20:00 at Beita Jerusalem, Yafo St. 155. For more info, click here.
Exhibition Opening: Second Skin
The group exhibition features engraving painting, and sculpture which pose questions about coverage and exposure using garments and the play between inner essence and outer figure. In this exhibition, skin and clothing serve as a dual metaphor for humanity and femininity, ego and alter ego, tradition and progress. Tradition takes on a new form and meaning in each work.
Exhibition Opening Thursday February 6th, 20:00 at Studio of Her Own, Kaf-Tet November 13. For more info, click here.
Gallery Talk: Walk The Line
Drawing is an artistic act that hovers between fixation of the visible and its liberation, between the present line and its potential disappearance. The works of the nineteen artists exhibiting at the Jerusalem Print Workshop as part of the 7th Biennale for Drawing allow perusal of drawing in the transitions between presentation and trace, and between the paper or canvas and the physical or virtual space. The cluster of works featured spans diverse media: drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, video, and printmaking. Above all, the works follow the path of the print medium, which remembers, preserves, and deepens the act of drawing, while requiring the artist to challenge its nature.
Gallery Talk with curator Irena Gordon Friday February 7th, 10:00 at Jerusalem Print Workshop, Shivtei Israel St. 38. For more info, click here.
Last Chance to See: That We’ve Forgotten the Rain
The conceptual point of departure for Itamar Mendes-Flohr’s first solo exhibit is the water cisterns at Hansen House in Jerusalem. These cisterns served from the early days of the Jesus Hilfe Lepers’ Hospital (mid-nineteenth century) as a source of freshwater for treatment of the hospital’s patients and for watering the trees and plants of the compound’s autarchic farm. The exhibit transforms the spaces of the Mamuta Art and Research Center into a laboratory for artistic research about the connection between water and stone(from which the walls of the cisterns are made), motion, and light. Mendes Flohr’s works have a performative aspect to them: they are kinetic, often simulating motion in the natural world, and they change over the course of time. In the present exhibit water evaporates, is absorbed, and shapes the materials it comes into contact with.
Exhibition Closing Friday, February 7th at Mamuta Center for Art and Media, Gdliyahu Alon St. 14. Open 10:00-14:00. For more info, click here.
Exhibition Opening: Broken Skies
Inbal Mendhes Flohr hosts Moran Fischer in a new exhibition at the artists’ wall at the Art Cube Artists’ Studios. A new series of work takes form in Moran Fisher’s studio, stemming from a sense of urgency to create something new and alive, something that speaks and responds to a beautiful world which, at the same time, is chaotic, absurd, flooded and burning. Fisher’s paintings, composed of layers of paint, arise from a passion for color. The abstract works suggest organic shapes reminiscent of natural elements that are repetitively taken apart and reassembled to create a sense of movement, vibration, and sensuality in each painting. Some images remain enigmatic, laden with small enlarged details, inviting the viewer to take a closer look.
Exhibition Opening Saturday February 8, 20:00 at Art Cube Artists Studios, HaUman St. 26, floor 3. For more info, click here.