Photo by Or Kaplan.
Earlier this month, Israeli non-profit Kinetis invited me, as Hi-Fructose online editor, to tour Israel as part of a group of 5 leading contemporary art bloggers from the US, Canada and England. An organization that specializes in connecting international bloggers with Israeli creatives in specific subject areas, the folks at Kinetis took us on a week-long whirlwind of an art tour. In Tel Aviv, we visited the studios of internationally exhibiting artists, like multi-media artist Dor Guez, whose work has been featured in museums world-over, and discussed his explorations of racism and Palistinian identity though his photo and video work. We also met with Sigalit Landau, an interdisciplinary sculptor and installation artist who revealed to us her plans to build a crystalized salt bridge across the Dead Sea.
In Jaffa, we visited the Old Jaffa Musuem of Antiquities, where in the room next to a 6,000-year-old human skeleton and remains of Egyptian hieroglyphics we saw the contemporary exhibition, “Toy Cycle,” where artists like Freya Jobbins repurposed toy parts for sculptural means (Talk about a surreal museum set-up!) Later in the week, I ventured out to the industrial part of Tel Aviv to visit with Klone — a street artist who has recently been making waves in the European art scene — after seeing Klone’s work at the cooperatively-run Alfred Gallery. At the Center for Contemporary Art, we saw the installation work of Michal Helfman and heard from Gilad Ratman, whose experimental, sound-based video art has been featured in the Venice Biennale. The trip wrapped up at a gala at the Tel Aviv Museum, with a 27 meter-tall, fabric sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos looming overhead. Take a look at some highlights from the adventure below.
Sculptures by Freya Jobbins in the “Toy Cycle” group exhibition at the Old Jaffa Musuem of Antiquities. Photo by Or Kaplan.
Assi Meshullam and Klone collaboration at Alfred Gallery
Klone and Assi Meshullam at Alfred Gallery
Klone in his studio
Drawing by Klone in his studio
Watercolor by Klone in his studio
Mural by Klone in the Artport studios in Tel Aviv
Installation by Michal Helfman at the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Tel Aviv. Photo by Or Kaplan.
Talk with video artist Gilad Ratman at the CCA in Tel Aviv. Photo by Or Kaplan.
Photography exhibition at the Royal Beach Hotel it Tel Aviv. Photo by Or Kaplan.
Video artist Dor Guez shows us his work with family archives in his studio. Photo by Or Kaplan.
27 meter-tall fabric sculpture by Joana Vasconcelos at the Tel Aviv Museum. Photo by Or Kaplan.
Joanna Landau, founder of Kinetis, Christopher Jobbins of This Is Colossal, Nastia Voynovskaya of Hi-Fructose, Adi Koren of Kinetis, VC Mauer of FAD, Redia Soltis of 01 Magazine and Hannah Stouffer of Juxtapoz. Photo by Or Kaplan.
Sigalit Landau showing her salt sculptures in her studio. Photo by Or Kaplan.
Sigalit Landau reveals her plans to build a crystalized salt bridge across the dead sea. Photo by Or Kaplan.