Friday, April 11, 2008

Another Fine Photographer...

Last night was gallery open night and I had the pleasure going to Shai Kremer's photo show at the Julie Saul Gallery in Chelsea. Shai takes what should be very ugly life scenes and creates beauty from them.

"Without going as far as Dostoyevsky claiming that beauty will "redeem the world”, I do believe in the ability of aesthetics to affect change.
I would relate to R. Misrach saying that “beauty can be a very powerful conveyor of difficult ideas”.

This seven year project portrays the ominous imprint of the Military on the Israeli landscape - and reflectively, on the Israeli society.
The aesthetic, orderly compositions parallel the defence mechanism of Israeli citizens striving for normalcy, while the scars concealed in the landscape correspond to the wounds in the collective unconscious of the country.
The landscape, infected with loaded sediments of the ongoing conflict, becomes a platform for discussion.
If the accumulation of ruins and military remnants turns out to be a defining trait of the Israeli landscape, what to think of the society that grows out of it ?"- artist statement from his site

If you have a chance to make it to Chelsea, I highly recommend this show.

Julie Saul Gallery
535 West 22 Street
New York, NY 10011


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