Bile

January 18 - June 17, 2023

Merav Kamel and Halil Balabin: Bile
Curators: Tanya Sirakovich and Amitai Mendelsohn
Assistant curator: Elinor Zilberman
Designer: Libat Eden
Design Pavilion

A hot dog man, a distance thief, and a messianic worm – these are just some of the characters created by the artist duo Merav Kamel (born 1988) and Halil Balabin (born 1987). The large-scale drawings covering the walls look muted and gentle, but a closer look reveals a chaotic, erotic, and violent world. Similarly, their multi-textured figurines are simultaneously delicate, poetic, rude, grotesque, funny, and shocking.

Kamel and Balabin’s microcosm of multi-faceted, multi-limbed beings is personal and mythical, local and universal. Together, the artists form an unreal world that becomes a monumental metaphor for the cycle of life. Alongside a playful, sensual lust for life – degeneration and the awareness of death. A carnival atmosphere that is also mystical and magical. And so creative juices are mixed with bile, injecting what is abject and repulsive with teeming, vital energy.

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The Hot Dog Man, 2020 African walnut wood, fabric, etching, 60 x 40 x 36 cm The Israel Museum, Jerusalem: Purchase, “Here & Now” Contemporary Israeli Art Acquisitions Committee, Israel Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

Orange Udder Dog, 2020 African walnut wood, okoumé wood, fabric, 55 x 55 x 29 cm The Israel Museum, Jerusalem: Purchase, “Here & Now” Contemporary Israeli Art Acquisitions Committee, Israel Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

Messianic Worm, 2020 Fabric, 57 x 60 x 30 cm The Israel Museum, Jerusalem: Purchase, “Here & Now” Contemporary Israeli Art Acquisitions Committee, Israel Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

Palmachniks, 2022 Fabric, wood, epoxy clay, 61 x 35 x 25 cm Collection of the Galli Family, Tel Aviv Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner

The Hot Dog Man and Distance Thief, 2018–20 (detail) Watercolor, ink, gouache, and food coloring on paper, 57 sheets, 76 x 57 cm each The Israel Museum, Jerusalem: Purchase, “Here & Now” Contemporary Israeli Art Acquisitions Committee, Israel Photo © Merav Kamel and Halil Balabin

Bauchnabel (Bellybutton), 2018 (detail) Watercolor, ink, gouache, and food coloring on paper, 27 sheets, 76 x 57 cm each Philara Collection, Düsseldorf Photo © Merav Kamel and Halil Balabin

Mezuzah, 2022, Relief, Linden wood 83X16X6 cm

Sun, 2022, Fabric, 60x61x48 cm

Centitits, 2022, Fabric and epoxy, 52 × 54 × 32 cm

Tree of the knowledge, 2021, Fabric and Linden Wood 67x55x33 cm

Moses, 2022, Wood, 97x20x15 cm

Flashing, 2022, Wood, epoxy clay, 43x42x33 cm

Tim & Tum, 2021, Wood, Fabric 100x40x15 cm

Shavuot or The Birth of the Siamese Baby, 2022, Fabric, Wood, ceramic, 50x51x23 cm

Mohsen, 2022, Fabric and Resin, 55x30x24 cm

Wolt Courier, 2022, Wood, 47x55x21 cm

Messengers, 2022, Wood, color pencil, 40x45x11.5 cm

Gastric Bypass, 2022, Wood and epoxy clay, 62x26x10 cm

Tightrope, 2022, fabric and wood, 63x68x50 cm

Riding the Hills, 2022, Wood, 79X50X18 cm

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