Wed 7 August 2019 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv - 21 Levontin st, Tel Aviv,
Abraham Hostel is excited to host “Stop Playing with Sheet!”, photography exhibition by Nati Hoki and Tom Ariel.
The series of photographs presented in the exhibition was created following the same pattern of action – first, searching for locations around Israel where garbage and junk were thrown. From each site, objects were taken to assemble an improvised abstract monument, built on the site where they were found. After the construction of the sculpture was completed, the scene was photographed to immortalize the event. The photographic method in the series exemplifies basic rules that relate to classic studio photography, which requires lighting and background used to create a “halo” to the photographed object. However, in the current series, the strict principles of studio photography are “distorted” by the choice to take photographs in an urban landscape, and from the role given to the background.
A recurring motif in the colorful part of the series is a sheet of pink fabric, which served as a background for photographing the installations and sometimes also as an object of its own in the frame. The role of the background sheet is not distinct – sometimes the fabric covers only parts of the landscape, and in other cases its folds are showing, in contrast to the “smooth” background that is common in typical studio photography. Formalistically, two main principles were taken in mind; The first is composition, which is expressed on three levels: the relationship between the objects themselves, between the objects and the pink sheet and between the final installation and the photographic frame. The second principle is color: In the second part of the series color was chosen as an essential element that adds colorful richness, which intensifies the “halo” surrounding the found objects.
Opening eve of the exhibition will take place on Wednesday 07/08 at 19:00
3rd Floor of Abraham Hostel
21 Levontin St., Tel-Aviv
– Free entrance! –
The exhibition will be open daily between 10:00-20:00
Closing date: Saturday 14/09