FINGER TEACUPS BY RONIT BARANGA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Israeli artist Ronit Baranga’s (previously featured here) sculptures are based on contrast and duality in meaning, unexpected and viewer experience, using the metaphor of the body to transfer unsettling yet powerfully expressive human gestures and emotions to everyday objects, which lose their functionality to become instead active, alive, capable of feeling, of interacting with each other and deciding their own path. Her education in psychology and literature resonates through her intimate and connective works on human nature, that blur the lines between living and still life.

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VERY STILL LIFE BY RONI LANDA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tel Aviv, Israel based artist Roni Landa works with polymer clay to create sculptures that combine the natural shapes of food and flowers with the texture of raw meat. Landa takes inspiration from classical sculpture, product and commercial design in this series called “Very Still Life” and comments on life and death.

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EXPERIMENTAL ILLUSTRATION BY ORI TOOR

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tel-Aviv based illustrator, animator and avid doodler Ori Toor (previously featured here) deals mostly with experimental 2d animation and obsessively drawing heaps of noodly landscapes and shapes. He never sketches or plans ahead, instead he improvises. The slightly darker undertones to Ori’s work are emulated by the shadowy color palette of changeable purples and blues.

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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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