Assaf Evron’s “the sea was smooth, perfectly mirroring the sky” opens 3/4

Assaf Evron’s one-person show the sea was smooth, perfectly mirroring the sky at Andrea Meislin Gallery is pleased to announceThis will be Evron’s first exhibition at the gallery, and will include photographs, photographic objects and sculpture. The exhibition will be on view from March 5- April 25, 2015.

Lending from a variety of disparate topics, Assaf Evron’s work investigates the deceptive nature of vision and the ways in which it influences social structures. Positioned between the abstract and the figurative, Evron’s work employs a photographic logic on three-dimensional objects, exploring a space that lies between perception and its rationalization.

the sea was smooth, perfectly mirroring the sky will include works from Evron’s latest bodies of work created in Chicago over the past three years, most notably, the Visual Pyramid After Alberti (2013-2014), and a series of sculptures based on graphic representations of Color Spaces (2014-2015).

The bold purple photographs from the Visual Pyramid series are inspired by Evron’s interest in aesthetic philosophy, focusing on the work of Renaissance thinker Leon Batista Alberti. Following Alberti’s theory of linear perspective, Evron uses an infrared camera to capture the light beams projected by an Xbox Kinect devise on everyday objects, thus exercising a literal translation of Alberti’s theory into a photographic process.

In the exhibition text, scholar Abigail Winograd writes, “The visual simplicity of Evron’s art belies an intricate working method, each series of objects being the result of multiple transformations from sculpture to photograph or vice versa. This generative process relies upon the investigation of physical phenomena as well as an active philosophical engagement with the work of artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Mies van der Rohe and Robert Smithson.”

Through the utilization of optic and aesthetic theories Evron considers social structures, political dispositions and economic constructs. In giving tangible form to visual and mathematical theories the exhibition reflects paradoxes of rationality and opticality, and invites a multitude of possibilities of interpretation. Together, his work constructs an environment that alludes to an awkward type of modernism.

Assaf Evron is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA) and is currently completing an Mphil at The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. He is the recipient of various awards, such as The Gerard Levy Prize for a young photographer awarded by the Israel museum in Jerusalem (2012), and The Israeli Ministry of Culture and Education Prize for Young Artists (2010). Among his photographic commissioned works are Aircraft Carrier the Israeli Pavilion at the 12th Venice Biennial for architecture, the renewing of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s Architect Dov Karmi Exhibition.

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