The practice of Tchelet Ram (*1982, Kibbutz Hanita; lives and works in Tel Aviv-Yafo) deals with the notion of a place and its potential loss and “Third Wheel,” her solo exhibition at the Center, is based on the desire to live the life of a wanderer. Inspired by various forms of ascetic life and by the freedom it offers, the artist appropriates materials that are characterize of such lifestyles – materials that are embedded in meager and humble existence. Through her interest in the tension between the escapist horizon of nomadic life and its practical, essential, and survivalist mode, Ram conceived a show based on improvisation and modulation. Nomadism presupposes the lack of a fixed place of abode, and yet it is related to the capability of making a home in any place and with anything. Ram applies these ideas to the Center’s and to its adjoining spaces.
Outside, Ram has placed a 1992 Subaru pickup truck that has been modified in various ways. In the 2010s, this iconic automobile is located on the seam between a work vehicle and an antique collectible; although it is still used for commute and storage, it gradually becomes a desirable, fetishized object. Her sculptural gestures directed at this vehicle oscillate between two contradictory movements: the first is of a person in search of a home and has to do with structurally transforming the truck into a living space; the other is of an object on the verge of losing its use-value while undergoing an improvised process of conservation that attests to the inability to part with it.
Inside the gallery, various sculptures – which can be defined as surreal models of living spaces – are presented within a display that employs light and movement as a sign of suspended time. Ram inspects survivalist creativity and its game-like disposition. She examines the ability of the ephemeral to appropriate a space in a similar way to a child building a kingdom under the table, or a vagabond building a makeshift shelter for the night, only to dismantle it by dawn. For Ram, one’s capability to lead a modular existence marks an acceptance of the uncertain and persistently changing nature of life. Thus, the various sculptures in the exhibition also require a movement – of light, of the body, of the imagination.
“Tchelet Ram: Third Wheel” is guest curated by Hila Cohen-Schneiderman.
“Tchelet Ram: Third Wheel” and related booklet is supported by Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts and the Yehoshua Rabinovich Tel Aviv Foundation for the Arts.
“Tchelet Ram: Third Wheel,” 2018
View of the exhibition at CCA Tel Aviv-Yafo
Photo: Liat Elbling
Tchelet Ram: Third Wheel
August 31, 2018
June 6, 2018