Thu 14 February 2019 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Zemack Gallery - Hei be-Iyar St 68, Tel Aviv,
Dual Exhibition at Zemack Contemporary Art
Orit Hofshi and Mahmood Kaiss | Standpoint
Curator: Yaron Haramati
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 pm
We are pleased to invite you to a dual show by the artists Orit Hofshi & Mahmood Kaiss at Zemack Contemporary Art. The artists will exhibit site-specific installations, sculptures, paintings and prints where wood is the basic raw material of their artworks and the connecting theme in the exhibition.
What distinguishes tree from wood? The tree grows, changes, yields, responds to the seasons and its life cycle. Wood, in contrast, is a manmade raw material created after the tree’s death or intentional felling. And so, tree is life and wood is death, one is nature and the other is man, one is the wild and the other is culture.
The work of each artist is fundamentally different, but one of the central aspects of their art forms an affinity between their works, planted precisely in the difference between tree and wood.
The juxtaposition of the two artworks created by the two artists brings to mind additional dualities such as art/craft, painting/installation, figuration/abstraction, expressive/geometric, secular/religious, destruction/construction, finite/infinite; and if we turn to the artists themselves, we can also add to these: woman/man, senior artist/emerging artist, Jewish/Muslim.
Text: Ron Bartos