Monday, September 7, 2009

Art at the mall

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My world for That's My World this week and next is Jerusalem's Artfest.
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"A total of 27 exhibits will open daily between 5 to 10 pm, displaying works of art in various spaces and capturing the contemporary Israeli art scene.
In addition to the exhibits, the city will host artist meetings, gallery talks, installations and video art displays. Dozens of artists will open their galleries to the public, offering more intimate gatherings in the natural work place. Some workshops will also offer a glance into the work process of the artist. . . .
The project is supported by the Arts division of the City Council, the Jerusalem Foundation, Mifal Hapais culture council and independent businessmen."
--from the article on Ynet

(A click on the photos gets them to enjoyable largeness.)

Believe it or not, I walked up and down the new Alrov Mamilla shopping mall without entering a single shop. The best stuff was outside and free. You can see some of the sculptures along the wall, to the right of the two Arab ladies.

The Prodigal Son -- Shivat haben by Sam Philipe.

Tefila -- The prayer also by Philipe
Lot uvnotav (Lot and his daughters) created by Mati Yulzari

A cheerful work: Hashoket (The trough)
Portsim et hachoma mispar 7 (I would translate that as Breaking out of the wall, No. 7), Giora Segal

Harechem (The Womb) by Dr. Noni Reina
From the Hebrew word rechem, meaning womb, comes the word rachmanoot, meaning mercy !
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22 comments:

Reader Wil said...

All these statues and statuettes are so exquisite and surprising! I love the one called "Womb".

mirae said...

Hi Dina -those are magnificent sculptures.Congratulations that art festival sounds totally awesome. I could comment on all of them but the last sculpture-I will say that the form is beautiful and the revelation there also is beautiful. Mercy follows the thread of maternal care and love and is at the center of creation.

Now that we are on this topic I would like to share with you a major work in our provincial art gallery in Canada. It is from Jerusalem and you know Dina I have never noticed a work from Israel before in our gallery.
The work is a major installation. It is a beautiful wooden sculpture of a tree turned into a makeshift house.The artist is making a statement about contemporary assembling of furniture, that is bought ready to assemble.He is like making a statement about stores like Ikea.
He also has a video of him dissasembling the tree and building furniture. i.e. one branch would open up into a little drawer of screws etc.
The form of the sculpture is beautiful and the message helps us to step back and examine our lives of assemblage.

I will look up the artist's name. It has slipped my mind and I will let you know.You probably have heard of him but then again there are so many artists.


I should of thought of that. I am such a fucking perv. haha to use an expression I used in a journal before blogger. ha ha. Don't worry I will only use it once here.

Yes you know I have never thought of it before but we never get art from the middle east only u.s and european continent but not other continents. How weird really. I am going to take this up with our curator.

have a beautiful day beautiful Dina.

mirae said...

and also Dina I have to add-isn't art I wonderful spiritual gift-and free of charge.

richies said...

Some really amazing art. How could you stay out of the shops? Don't you know that the economy needs you? :)

An Arkies Musings

Snap said...

With all the wonderful sculpture outside, I think I would have been like you, Dina, and not entered a shop. Wonderful art. Thank you!

Carver said...

Great post. I'd be the same way about not needing to go into the shops. Such great sites outside.

Nathalie said...

Hi Dina, I wonder if you and Mirae will have a chance to meet when she visits Jerusalem?

Anyway I love art exhibits so I'm sure I would enjoy seeing this one. My favourite sculpture is "the womb".

Arija said...

Beautiful sculptures. i like Lot and his wife turned to multi-coloured salt slabs and the goats are such fun. Thank you for taking the photos to let us enjoy them too.

pasadenaadjacent said...

I guess if I was hanging out in Israel right now I know where I'd be.

FA said...

What a great exhibit. I'm glad to see that contemporary art is still using religious themes - the Prodigal son is very interesting. Thanks for sharing this.

Vagabonde said...

A few days ago I went to a local fair “Arts Fair on the Marietta Square.” There were mostly paintings, photographs, wood carvers and metal carvers. I did not see beautiful statues like at your fair. I would have liked to be able to look at all the art that must have been on display. I really like Lot and his Daugher – the shape is so fluid.

Pietro said...

Splendid sculptures, all very different and all so interesting!
I imagine the shops will be for tomorrow! :-)

Vaggelis said...

they are unique and beautiful.

USelaine said...

I like the goats, but the stone used for Lot and His Daughters is stunning!

Kay said...

These are such gorgeous pieces of art. It must have been such fun to walk around and see the works of all those creative talented people.

Turquoise Diaries said...

They are beautiful. I always love visiting art exhibitions. They gave me a different perspective..

Maggie Ann said...

Art has so many different faces, doesn't it! I love the story of the Prodigal Son..touches my heart every time. What a wonderful God we have!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

These are very interesting. My favorite is the last.

JM said...

Great art works! I especially like the goats and the white and brown agate(?).

tanzaniancane said...

Great statues Dina! Absolutely wonderful. And yes, the womb is probably my favourite one! And no, I did not pass out after seeing the cut :)

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Dick said...

I like them all. "Lot uvnotav" is made out of a beautiful rock, wonderful.

Hilda said...

Such wonderful sculptures, Dina! Thank you for sharing them. And I love that factoid about 'womb' and 'mercy' — so apt!