Smadar Sheffi covers Assaf Shaham’s work in the “Measure for Measure” exhibition, Petah – Tikva Museum of Art

April 26, 2014

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Measure for Measure, curated by Drorit Gur Arie and Hila Cohen-Schneiderman, is an exhibition of contemporary photographers, although there are hardly any photographs on display. The sculptural objects being shown could constitute the nucleus of a future show as an exposition on a discussion of the translation of photographs into materiality, precisely at the point in time at which the image is becoming more and more distant from the material. In Same Time, Same Place (2014), Assaf Shaham uses two slide projectors – projecting blanks. In the broken, noisy continuity from these appliances, an overlap is crated between what may be called an empty image. In the 40th slide, a cross of light is formed, only to break up in the next slide. Shaham makes the spiritual symbol of a cross out of mechanical light, formulating a sharp statement on modernism and faith, as an outcome of a mechanical mechanism.Axis  by Naama Arad is a carpet made of papers stuck together with sticky paper. The carpet is rolled up as a photograph, above which hangs a rolling pin coated with batter-like clay. She draws all of the coloration out of the Persian carpet as well as removing its materiality, leaving the black and white which characterizes her works; instead of being a consoling object, it becomes part of an arena charged with violence.Other outstanding works are by Matan Mittwoch, who creates a complex system of illusion and projection; the video art by Amir Yatziv & Jonathan Doweck referring to Mt. Karkom, identified as the biblical Mt. Sinai; and Mark Yashaev’s Omri (2014) the museum guard. His photograph is hung on the wall in the space where he was photographed to create a tunnel with its combination of a conceptual with a concrete space.

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