Bezalel Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2018by Danielle Gorodenzik | 04.06.18
The Bezalel Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition 2018 is a group show not to be missed – closing June 9th, 2018. The exhibition is the culmination of two years of studies for the 23 artists. Held at their studios in south Tel Aviv, the Salame and Abulafia locations have been tailored to complement and display each artist’s work.
At the top of the Abulafia location is Sivan Lavie’s glistening work Letting in the Sun. The large space beams with vivid colors surrounded by wall paintings and spherical sculptures. Lavie’s work welcomes the sun and emits energy, spirit, and intensity. Down the staircase is the monument of a work by and dedicated to the late artist Benjamin Mecz. The sound installation represents the light of Mecz and his art, which was collectively realized by fellow students.
In the Salame location, a shooting target peeks behind a window speeding back and forth, this is Yoav Weinfeld’s Target Audience. Entering the gallery space – what looks like a shady phone store – the viewer is greeted with a wall of smartphone cases covered with generic stock photos and the odd viral selfie trend, distorting one’s faces with clear tape. Just behind the wall of cases hoovers a vertically tilted plasma screen snooping over the viewer. The screen shows a man taking a selfie-video of himself holding a gun, targeting the audience and simultaneously himself. A tacky spraypainted painting is also installed at a slant revealing a safe. Yoav Weinfield’s work is a playful critique on the viral pop-culture of today.
At the rooftop of the Salame location stands Hall I by Yasha Rozov. The structure is inspired by the “Illumination Problem” a problem questioning whether a room with mirrored walls can always be illuminated by a single light source, proposed by Ernst Strauss and solved by Sir Roger Penrose. The architectural construction is captivating and constantly changing throughout the hours of the day and activated by artificial light by night. What is not obvious to the eye, Rozov’s work is a reaction to the gentrification on Salame – the Salame 60 location is set to be destructed, together with Hall I, to make way for a new apartment complex and commercial stores.
Olivia Hild confronts the notion of space by filling an empty room with sound. With the assistance of small speakers randomly chanting, “corner, exit, drip, window”, the viewer is challenged with the proximities of the space. The sounds create volume, dimension, and presence in the seemingly empty room.
Here is just a sliver of the Bezalel Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition and what is ahead for the class of 2018. Be sure to see all of the artists work at up until June 9th, 2018.
Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, MFA Program, Salame St 60 and Abulafia St 6, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Tuesday-Thursday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm