Highlights      

About the Exhibition
The End of Days
and New Beginnings
Highlights
Ohad Meromi
Karen Russo
Gal Weinstein
Yael Bartana
Nira Pereg
Michal Helfman
Sigalit Landau
Adi Nes
Shahar Marcus
Shibetz Cohen
Ofri Cnaani
Zoya Cherkassky
Sharif Waked
 
The Exhibition
Credits
Sixty Seconds of Real Time
 


Michal Helfman

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Michal Helfman

Michal Helfman, born 1973
The Owl, 2003
Painted polystyrene sculpture,
quartz lights, sound
Installation in Sommer Contemporary
Art, Tel Aviv
Collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Purchased with the help of the
America-Israel Cultural Fund
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Michal Helfman juxtaposes an owl, the mysterious nocturnal bird that is an ancient Greek symbol of wisdom, with the glamorous nightclub world. Helfmans owl, which she has fashioned in the style of the twentieth-century Israeli Canaanite movement, resembles a prehistoric fertility figure. However, as it is made from a synthetic imitation of sandstone, it also seems to be part of an elaborate stage decor. The owls eyes and the background against which it stands have the glitter and flashing lights of a nightclub, but the birds ominous, unfathomable gaze hints at a knowledge of ancient mysteries. In the background Roy Chicky Arad reads his poem The Owl, a work that underscores the tension between the magnificent traditions of the ancient world and the false glitter of todays consumer society.

 

 

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