Landscape of faraway photographs appearing through miraculous shapes of a relentless beginner

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Guy Avital: Landscape of faraway photographs appearing through miraculous shapes of a relentless beginner

cabinet no. 8

6. April – 25. Mai 2018

Balzer Projects is very pleased to introduce Israeli artist Guy Avital to a Basel audience with a series of images collected and created over the past three years. The basis are black and white photographs taken from the public domain, mainly the internet. They are of natural forces in form of huge waves, storms, avalanches, volcano eruptions, icebergs….the sea, the strength of nature. The splendor and power of nature characterizes the images, but they are broken up by cut-out geometrical shapes in the paper. Basic, impersonal and perfect – like nature, they belong to everybody. Guy Avital: “Looking for and choosing the photograph that might provoke the kind of poetry I’m looking for, is as personal a process as shooting them myself.”

It is obvious that the geometric shapes are an alien presence within the image. They invoke a presence – the piercing of the paper, an intellectual existence, the idea of mindfulness and the sense of an object itself. At the same time, they function as a reminder of the mathematical, the infinite, the ideal – an order within organic bursts of energies. “I see the shapes appearing on the photographs like stigmata. Wounding them, yet decorating them with marks of holiness, saving them from their banalities.”

Öffnungszeiten

Di - Fr: 14 - 18
Sa: 11 - 14
und nach Vereinbarung

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