ORGANIC APPROACH BY KLONE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Klone currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. Influenced by his childhood emigration from the Ukraine to Israel, Klone’s initial practice of tagging and graffiti were personal challenges to themes of diaspora. This urban tradition allowed him to take ownership of his surrounding and localize an often hostile and alienating environment, making his foreign settings, more familiar.

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Using characters, symbols, and regional iconography Klone’s work borrows from existing linguistic traditions in hope of providing a bridge to communicate. This organic approach appeals in its attempt at universality without erasure, without requiring a blank slate mentality. Each installation and drawing, attempts to create an environment that will connect with the observers primal feeling, placing him or her as part of the setting and context of the work.

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THE WORK OF BROKEN FINGAZ

by Ariadna Zierold

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The port city of Haifa in Israel is home to some of the best street art in the world. Broken Fingaz crew, a collective of artists who do brilliant graffiti works, T-Shirt designs and illustrations, was founded in 2001 by artist Unga, who, along with some friends who shared a love for bizzare and colorful images. Since then they are recognized as one of the premier names to come out of Israel’s scene, and have been touring the globe exhibiting and painting the streets.

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SURREAL PLACES BY SHARONA ELIASSAF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Sharona Eliassaf is an American/Israeli artist who has been splitting her time between Tel Aviv and New York City since childhood. As a result her art is deeply affect by the changeable notion of place, the surreal and the sublime. She holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jersualem, an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine.

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DIGITAL SIMULATIONS BY EYAL GEVER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eyal Gever is a cutting-edge contemporary artist whose work sits at the fusion of art and technology.  Using just a palette of code, he develops life-like digital simulations of moments in time — often dramatic or catastrophic in nature — from which he fabricates 3D-printed sculptures and installations.

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Gever, born in 1970 in Tel Aviv, Israel, attended Jerusalem’s prestigious Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, but was injured while performing his mandatory national service with the IDF, where he served for two-and-a-half years as a paratrooper (special operations unit). Volunteering for the IDF’s specialist computer R&D unit, Mamram, he began to master the computer simulation skills which would later shape and infuse his art.

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MESSY SITUATIONS BY SHAI AZOULAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Born in Israel in 1971, Shai Azoulay lives and works in Jerusalem. He received both his BFA and MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem.

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Azoulay works has been exhibited around the world, including shows in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Rome. In 2011 Azoulay had his first major museum show at the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art. His work was featured at Frieze art fair, London and is in major privet and public collections.

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CONDENSED PAINTINGS BY GUY YANAI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tel Aviv, Israel based Guy Yanai attended Parsons School of Design and the New York Studio School, and received a BFA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Yanai’s paintings are characterized by bold colors, simplified shapes, and a shallow depth of field. He often chooses everyday objects and spaces as his subjects, flattening and abstracting them in a way that seems removed and objective.

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Synthesizing a wide range of influences, from Renaissance humanism and classical antiquity to modernist abstraction and the Internet, Yanai’s work captures the sense of simultaneous anxiety and excitement characteristic of today.

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Dan Zev’s trip to Isreal and Palestine

This past Spring I took a month to travel all over Israel and Palestine. The Arab Spring, sweeping through the Middle East, is a cause for apprehension among Israelis and optimism for the Palestinians. There is a palpable tension that exists just below the surface of daily life, and it can quickly break out into violence.

During my time in-country there was a bombing in Jerusalem, countless rocket and mortar attacks committed against Israel by Hammas forces based in the Gaza Strip, devastating retaliatory strikes by the IDF, and the murders of two high-profile, pro-palestinians peace activists; Juliano Mer-Khamis and Vittorio Arrigoni.

During my time in-country there was a bombing in Jerusalem, countless rocket and mortar attacks committed against Israel by Hammas forces based in the Gaza Strip, devastating retaliatory strikes by the IDF, and the murders of two high-profile, pro-palestinians peace activists; Juliano Mer-Khamis and Vittorio Arrigoni.

At the same time, I experienced nothing but goodwill from everyone whom I met, both Israelis and Palestinians, and had a great time taking buses and shared-taxis from city to city. The entire month, I made it a point to not stay anywhere for more than three nights in a row so that I would always be seeing something different and meeting new people. In a country that’s smaller than New Jersey, I covered a lot of ground traveling at that pace.

I always had a camera on me and was taking pictures constantly. I’m still editing everything I shot but I’ve been posting one picture each day to my Flickr account: www.flickr.com/photos/high-karate/

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“For a Long Time…” at Roberts & Tilton Gallery

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After the great Kehinde Wiley World Stage: Israel show, Roberts & Tilton will open “For a Long Time…”, a group show featuring works from Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Hamish Fulton, Whitney Hubbs, Erica Love, Raymond Pettibon, and Kehinde Wiley. You know, HEAVYWEIGHTS. The show will feature works that “examine varying periods of duration in which stamina is physically and psychologically confronted. Combining performative works by performance-based and nonperformance-based artists, the exhibition includes video, photography, text and docu-works.”

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From The Citrus Report

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Dan Zev

1. I live in Brooklyn but have spent the last month traveling around Israel and Palestine. It’s a completely different world over here and its full of great people to meet and crazy things to photograph.

2. I take pictures of whatever is front of me. I’m not a conceptual guy, I just shoot a lot and try to make sense of things later. The best thing I shot on this trip has to be the demonstration in Bel’in, a weekly demonstration against Israel that’s been going on in this small town in Palestine for over 6 years now. There are always lots of Palestinian kids throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers and the soldiers fight back with tear gas, stun grenades, and rubber bullets. It was my first time taking pictures in that sort of environment while it was unnerving at first to see some guy pointing an M-16 at me I ended up having a lot of fun taking pictures of the whole thing. I didn’t even mind getting a face full of tear gas…it suckedfor 5 minutes but it wire off quick and I went right back to where the action was to get more flicks.

3. I shoot 35mm mostly. On this trip my Leica has been getting the most use but Ive also been using a couple of point and shoots. I always thing its great when someone sees me working and they’re all like, “wow you are using a really old camera!” Just because digital photography has really taken over…but a lot if people still shoot film and I think its an easy way to set yourself apart these days. For example, there were dozens of people taking pictures at the demo in Bel’in but I was the only one shooting film that day. That’s important to note.

4. I went to school for photography and got a BA in studio art from a mediocre state university. I didn’t learn much there. The photo classes I took in high school were way more beneficial in that they really hot me stoked on photography un the first place. Since coming to New York worked in a photo studio and assisted a lot of professional photographers and have just gone out everyday with a camera and taken pictures…that’s the best way to learn really.

But I am going back to school for Photography in the fall. The ICP in Manhattan has a really good photojournalism and documentary program, so I’m going to be committed to that for the next year.

5. It’s hard to say what my influences are, I have favorite photographers whose work I really dig but I’m not sure how much it really effects what I end up shooting. My friends probably have the most direct impact in my work, it seems like they are all involved with great projects and seeing thembe creative and going for it really motivates me and my work.

6. I have no idea where life is taking me. In a few years I hope to be doing my thing, being creative, working in projects, making stuff and getting paid to do it all. That’s the goal right? Getting over with as little compromise as possible.

7. Photography Skateboarding, Bikes, Friends, Rad times, World Travel and Not getting shot makes me happy.

See more of his work at: WWW.Danzev.com

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Pretty sure this man does not a give a f@*!

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If you are President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and you come to NYC, about a stones throw from the site of the 9/11 plane smash into the WTO, and you call out the USA in front of the United Nations for “orchestrating” the whole thing to save Israel,  you officially do not give a fuck if you start a war. He basically just dared the US and its allies to drop some bombs on Tehran. Not pretty. For anyone. Wonder where he ate in Manhattan last night?

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