Thu 21 February 2019 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Alfred Gallery - Aharon Chelouche 5, Tel Aviv,
Alfred Gallery is happy to open the exhibition year 2019, which will consist entirely of exhibitions revolving around the theme ‘Burn Your Bridges Down’
The first exhibition in the series: Heka
Joint exhibition of artists:
Bianca Eshel Gershuni, Arava Assaf, Hadar Mitch, Shani Pri-Ness and Lior Shor
Curator: Lior Shor
Opening Event: Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 20:00
Closing: March 22, 2019 at 14:00
The title of the exhibition, Heka, is borrowed from a magical practice in which magic is perceived as primary, powerful, and chaotic energy to be channeled through a pattern in order to harness it for influence and change.
The exhibition was created in response to the annual theme proposed this year at the Alfred Gallery: burning bridges. As part of the work process, the participants embarked on a creative journey in the desert, where they held art workshops and shamanic magic ceremonies aimed at motivating a creative move that would separate the patterns from the failures, demoralize and deal with them.
The exhibition presents works of video, sculpture, drawing and painting, which are the result of the work of artistic magic, the conversation with the demons and the burning of the artists’ internal bridges. These are hung in space in relation to the three stages of sorcery and they continue the magical process: the Heka is the first stage, meaning the formulation of a mantra in the process of introspection and listening inward. Cia is the second stage of sorcery and its meaning is to stay in an imaginary space actively, while Hu is the last stage, meaning to put things out of practice.
Two Prizes presents a number of surrealistic sculptures made of painted synthetic clay, in which the present, the past, and the fantasy space are embodied in one object. Arava Assaf presents a large panoramic drawing and sculptural objects that are intimate with natural materials, in which she treats wax and pigments. Hadar Mitch presents two video works that continue her work in hybridization between natural and artificial, and in the attempt to activate organizing mechanisms in relation to natural forces. Lior Shor, who is also curator of the exhibition, presents paintings, sculptural objects and art diaries. The works she created for the exhibition respond directly and indirectly to the underlying ideas, as well as to the work of the other participants. As part of the curatorial process, Shor also invited the award-winning artist Bianca Eshel Gershuni, whose work is characterized by shamanic quality.
Bianca Eshel Gershuni is a jeweler, painter, sculptor. Graduated from Avni Institute. Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award, Ministry of Culture (2009).
Hadar Mitch Video artist and photographer. Graduated from the Graduate School of Art (2014)
Arava Assaf Painter, sculptor, reading cards. She is studying for her fourth year at Bezalel Art Department.
She is a freelance painter and sculptor. She holds a BA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2010) and the Graduate Studies Program of the Graduate School of Art (2016).
Lior Shor Painter and sculptor. She holds a BA in Art and Education from Beit Berl College of Art (2008) and an MA in Art Therapy from Leslie University, Israel (2013).