I to Eye
Close & Far
How close are we? Who do I love? Who loves me? Our closest relationships are our most important, as illustrated by the artworks seen here. These works illustrate the ways in which we are constantly moving like magnets: together and apart, pushed and pulled over and over again. The emotional connection depicted in these works is expressed through the figures’ body language and facial expressions.
In her photographs, Elinor Carucci presents moments of joy alongside moments of anger, insult, and reconciliation, dating from the births of her children to the present day. These authentic and emotional situations are usually absent from the family album.
Right: Love, 2011
Center: Why Can’t You be Nicer to Your Brother? 2012
Left: The Hug, 2001
Color photographs, Collection of the artist
Vered Aharonovitch reenacts a childhood memory in which her father promised to give her the moon, examining the ensuing disappointment from a distance. Shira Zelwer’s sculpture captures the affection between a grandfather and grandmother, still holding hands even after many years together.
Right: Dad Gets the Moon, 2016, Polymers and light fixture, Collection of the artist
Center: The Moon, 2007, Oil on canvas, Anat Bruck Gorfung Collection, Hod Hasharon
Shira Zelwer, Untitled (A Couple of Adults), 2015, Wax, acrylic paint, epoxy, wire, and wood. Collection of the artist
In the series “Sweet Dreams” by photographer Davina Feinberg Zagury, strangers pose as loving couples, based on old postcards. Meirav Heiman’s photograph is taken from a larger series of meals staged in exceptional situations: here she and her guest are placed in an uncomfortable situation in which there is not enough room for both of them. Heiman and Feinberg Zagury’s photographs take a humorous look at the gap between reality and the fairy tale ideal of “happily ever after.”
Right: Meirav Heiman, From the series “Sister of Mercy,” 2001, Color photograph. Private collection, Tel Aviv
Left: Davina Feinberg Zagury, From the series “Sweet Dreams”, 2005, C-print. Courtesy of the artist
Einat Amir, When Was the Last Time, 2018, Interactive installation. Booth design: Shay Id Aloni; Light design: Yair Vardi; Programming: Itai Matos
This work was created especially for this exhibition and is activated by you – the visitors. Enter the booths, two people in each booth, press the button, and face your partner. Listen to the instructions, play along, and you may discover something new about yourselves and the connection between you. The other visitors will see you through the window but will not hear what you are saying. The lighting changes gradually according to the instructions, using color to express the changes in emotion.
Einat Amir is an installation artist who examines day-to-day human communication. Her works are like laboratories for the exploration of emotions, and have the power to transform the gallery into an intimate space devoted to communication and personal contact.
Maya Smira and S. Hashemi, Iran-Israel, Video, 14:48 mins. Collection of the artists
In this joint video work by Israeli artist Maya Smira and Iranian artist S. Hashemi – who met while studying in the United States – the artists support one another, creating a construction from their mutual balance. The slightest shift, push, or relaxation threatens to destabilize their formation. The desert landscape in the background emphasizes the contrast between the mountain’s permanence and the artists’ precarious positioning, maintained only through their mutual effort. How long can you and a partner hold
the same pose?
Erwin Wurm, Untitled (Double) 2002, Pedestal, sweater, and instructional drawing, Studio Erwin Wurm, photo: Studio Automora
Can a sculpture be worn totake shape? And what are the boundaries between sculpture and action? These are some of the questions that led the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm to create minute-long sculptures over the last twenty years, in which the viewer becomes an artist through an irrational action he is required to do with an everyday object. For Wurm, the most important thing is the process by which we observe daily actions with familiar objects that are new and fresh and are freed from fixed patterns of thinking. In the "double" sculpture art and life come together. When you try to wear the same sweater together, you can see for yourself whether two are better than the one.