29/12-4/2; Hezi Cohen Gallery. Participating artists: Aaron Johnson, Assi Meshullam, Lisa Sanditz,
Ryan Schneider, Shay Kun, Tai Shani, Tom Sanford.
The exhibition showcases paintings, photography, sounds and installations by Israeli and international artists.
The works of art take to the very extreme moments of decline and deterioration, among both society and the individual, from economic, social and cultural aspects. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
The double of a zombie character that descends into madness and death - the story is revealed to the viewer through the text, sound and 3D photographs.
In the current exhibition, Tai Shani will exhibit, for the first time, a piece outside the performance medium, although the work draws from the sources of the medium, and is composed of photographs, sounds and text. The work follows the story of an actress that losses her mind while she prepares for a new movie role. The real identity of the actress is indistinguishable from the character she portrays.
Lisa Saditz portrays American landscapes that reflect the decline of its culture and economy, with a Sponge Bob doll dying in a deserted children's pool, and American towns abandoned after the economic crisis.
Tom Sanford orders portraits of Mao Zedong from China and "rapes" them using motifs originating from American culture.
The paintings by Ryan Schneider deal with cultural problems within American society (loneliness, estrangement, poverty, political distress due to economic policy). Schneider creates, using the experience surrounding him, moments of embarrassment, tension, excitement and fatigue.
Shay Kun's works are an absurd crossbreeding of virgin American landscapes with psychedelic, detached and surreal landscapes.
Aaron Johnson's grotesque characters deal with cheap trash culture from an anarchistic and mocking perspective of what seems like America's "national nightmare".
Assi Meshullam exhibits a hybrid creature, a grotesque fusion of human children and petting corner creatures that have gone wrong. Meshullam's characters (Satan's pets) watch over the pieces like defiant children from ancient times that have been resurrected in order to shout "You screwed us!"
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