Opening: Thursday, March 17, 2016, 8pm Yael Efrati‘s practice bridges the fields of photography and sculpture through what can be considered “documentary sculpture.” Her exhibition, Eye of the Sea, includes five new works that, using a minimalist aesthetic, focus on the impact of light on both photography and sculpture, and how it signifies the passing of time and speaks to the physical and metaphysical mutability of memory itself.
Efrati’s point of departure are childhood memories of her grandparents’ apartment in Haifa: a faded reproduction of an iconic Romanian painting, a Rummikub game, and the housing project itself. Efrati uses materials in her work that are characteristic of typical apartment architecture from the 1950s and 1960s: formica, terrazzo floors, mashrabyia tiles, and plastic shutters – materials that play with the permanence and mutability of light and create an overarching effect of warmth, and perhaps nostalgia, that challenge the objectivity demanded by the minimalist aesthetic governing their design.
Yael Efrati (b. 1978) is an Israeli artist based in Tel Aviv. She earned an MFA at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in 2010 and has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Haifa Museum, Israel and Gallery FRIESE, Hamburg. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Israel at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Petah Tikva Museum of Art, the Center for Digital Art and others, and has exhibited abroad at NURTUREart, New York.
Eye of the Sea is supported by Artis and the Berman Foundation.