Reuven Israel, group show, ‘Flair’ at Fridman Gallery, Tel Aviv
Reuven Israel is participating in sculpture group show, Flair, curated by Gregory Volk, at Fridman Gallery. Participating artists also include Margrét H. Blöndal, Ayşe Erkmen, Karin Sander, Pascale Martine Tayou. June 1 – July 21, 2017.
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“New York-based Israeli sculptor Reuven Israel is the one artist in Flair represented by Fridman Gallery. His impressive debut exhibition at the gallery was in 2014 followed by solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and Tel Aviv. Israel’s sculptures are largely made from simple MDF (medium-density fiberboard), a commonplace and generally lowbrow particle board. Using this workaday material, Israel cuts, shapes, and sculpts his signature forms, which look simultaneously familiar and completely odd (maybe even like parts of futuristic science fiction machines). He then lavishes attention on them: sanding and polishing them, making their surfaces as smooth and precise as possible, and painting them, in carefully chosen colors, in a uniform way with a spray gun. Israel’s two, quietly marvelous sculptures in Flair feature MDF forms, upright copper tubes, and, with one, two lacquered wood balls on top which also suggest remote planets.”