The concept of ‘beauty’ is present in our lives in many ways. It is considered a basic value in human life, and to this day most of us believe that beauty is the main value in any artistic field.
In art, what is beautiful enjoys precedence over values such as what is real, good, just, etc. However, the debates and questions about the qualities of this basic but elusive value apparently began with the first Greek philosophers, and continue to this day.
Still, the concept of beauty has always been associated with the world of art, and my interest in this subject led me to an unexpected approach presented by Oscar Wilde in a fascinating article from 1891, ‘Intentions’. In this paper, Wilde offers a proposition on “beauty,” which seems illogical (to say the least), in which he argues that nature imitates art more that art imitates nature.
Wilde claims that until Monet and Pissarro did not paint the typical London fog, the fog did not exist at all. “Things exist because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it, depends on the Arts that have influenced us. ….One does not see anything until one sees its beauty. Then, and then only, does it come into existence….. At present, people see fogs, not because there are fogs, but because poets and painters have taught them the mysterious loveliness of such effects…..”
The idea is that our perception of life is changed by art, so that nature sometimes seems to imitate paintings we have seen before, giving us the emotions we felt when looking at those paintings. When that happens, life seems to imitate art.
To see the beauty of something is to understand its own distinctive logic. This logic is a starting point in my art work, and serves as the basis for focusing on the properties of the raw material, its history, its conventional use and its integration into the work of art that I create.
These connections motivate me to seek collaborations with artists, scientists and researchers, because the curiosity and creativity that are inherent in research and the sciences fill me with endless artistic inspiration.
I believe that artists (as well as scientists) do not create reality; they only give it meaning and interpretation. I can only hope that the interpretation I give to my art work will also be of interest to others by revealing an additional, different perspective on reality.
2008 – 2012 Graduate of the The Faculty of Arts – Hamidrasha at Beit Berl College.
1980 – 1983 Graduate of Graphic Design Studies at the Tel Aviv Technion.
Before Art Studies:
Senior positions in the marketing departments of telecommunications companies in Israel
2012 – Today Member of the art committee of The Keshet Eilon Music Center
and violin Master course, Israel.
2014 – Today – Art Program Director at the ‘Katedra – Cultural Center’, Israel.
2016 LNAF – La Napoule Art Foundation – France
2019 Cassis Artist Residency – France
2019 (upcoming on April – May19) AiR Kunstnarhuset Messen 2019 – Norway
2019 (upcoming on July – August) Nakanojo Residency and Nakanojo
Biennale 2019 – Japan
2019 “Stretching the Limit”, commissioned installation for the institute for the
J.F Museum of Nano Technology, Bar Ilan University.
2017 “CONNECTED” Special project and Community Art Workshop at
“Beit- Tammy”, Tel Aviv, Israel; Curator: Carmit Blumenson
2017-18 “Old, Fake News” Weitzman science institute Gallery, Rehovot,
Curator: Yivsam Azgad
2018 “Rahama” Dana Gallery, Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel;
Curator: Ravit Harari
2016 “Cloud Reader”, Beit Dondikov-Municipal Gallery of Rehovot, Israel;
Curator: Ora Kraus. (catalog(
2014 “Brush Landscape”, Artist house, Tel Aviv, Israel Curator: Vera Pilpoul
2018 “Tsunami” With Daniel Feldhaker, Artists House, Rishon Lezion,
Curator: Arie Berkowitz, Vera Pilpoul
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018 “Spirit of Israel”, art exhibition, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv
Curator: Shulamite Nuss, Vera Pilpoul
2018 “The soap cried so much”, Al Hatzuk Gallery, Netanya,
Curator: Dr. Gai Morag.
2018 “Black Chimpanzee, evil as forgetfulness”, Art Space-Tel Aviv,
Curator: Nir Harmat
2017 “Spirit of Israel”, group exhibition, Shenkar Collage of Art, Ramat Gan
Curator: S. Nuss, Vera Pilpoul
2017 “EMPIRE II”, Group Video Art Exhibition, Castello 30122, Riva Dei Sette ,
Martiri Venice, Italy
2017 “Sisterhood”, Herzelilinblum Museum, Tel Aviv; Israel,
Curator: Shulamit Nuss, Vera Pilpoul
2016 “La Nap Neuf”, Chateau de la Napoule, (during residency) France
2016 “Spirit of Israel 2016, art action, Tel Aviv Curator: Shulamite Nuss
2016 “MasterPieceS”, Contemporary Art Fair, Rosenbach Contemporary,
2016 “Plaster”, Exhibition for the ‘Physicians for Human Rights-Israel’,
Curators: Vardit Gross, Carmit Galili.
2016 “Wireless Connection”, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
Curators: Daniela Shalev
2016 “Darkness Clear as Daylight”; ArtSpace Tel Aviv, Israel,
Curator: Prop Simcha Sirman
2015 “Drawing Salon”, Florentin 45 Contemporary Art Space, Tel Aviv, Israel
Curator: Gilat Nadivi
2015 “Artist Wall”, ArtSpace Tel Aviv, Israel, Curator: Dalia Danon
2015 “The Red Sea”, Yanko Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel,
Curator: Raya Sommer
2015 “145”, Duo-exhibition with Tamar Sheaffer, at ‘Bezalel 7 gallery’,
2015 “Tracing Oblivion”, Group Exhibition, Galerie Mémoire de l’Avenir,
Paris, France. Curators: Vera Pilpoul, Margalit Berriet
2014 “Print. Work”. Alfred Institute, Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2014 “Tach Nistar” Beit Dondikov-Municipal Gallery of Rehovot, Israel.
2014 “Epidermis”, Florentin 45 Contemporary Art Space, Tel Aviv, Israel
Curators: Vera Pilpoul
2014 “MORPHOS – “Sustainable Empires”, Palazzo Albrizzi, Venice, Italy
2014 “Disturbed Landscape”, Binyamin Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel,
Curator: Shahar Marcus
2014 Elem 6th annual art auction New York – Nili Lotan Showroom, New York
2014 “Tel Aviv Photo Event, Loft 16, Tel Aviv, Israel
2012 Graduate Exhibition “Hamidrasha Art School” Beit-Berl, Israel
2012 Elem 4th annual art action, Opera Gallery, New York
2017 Channel 10 Israeli Television, April 2017
The Weizmann International Magazine of Science & People, issue no 89 November 2017
2016 http://efifo.co.il – Efifio Design Magazine November 2016
Cloud Reader – Solo exhibition 2016
Wire(less) Connections – Group Exhibition at the Israel Museum 2018
The Yanko Dada museum
Weitzman science institute collection
R Barnea – privet collection
Gili Karev – privet collection