From Her Wooden Sleep / Ydessa Hendeles
The Game of Wooden Polarities, by Dr. Dorit Kedar
Finally an excellent exhibition at the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion,Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
FROM HER WOODEN SLEEP – Tableau Vivant by the artist, researcher, antiquities collector and gallerist Ydessa Hendeles.
Waking from her wooden sleep, Sleeping Beauty would encounter a surrealist wooden world reflected in multi deformation by the big, eccentrically formed, surrounding mirrors.
Christ face in Santa Veronica’s veil, a dead corpse, horsemen, pupils and teacher or a church community, a bird cage, hiding skeletons in boxes, banjos, rosaries, guardians, a decapitated head insinuating the fatal fate of St. John the Baptist – all are positioned among a luxurious collection of ceremonial and popular tables, armchairs, cupboards…
The wooden world seems homogeneous due to the common texture and secretive craft abilities, but a deeper observation reveals different provenance and time span: American Shakers, English, Italian, Austrian, German, and Dutch craftsmen
are here coherently assembled due to the refined taste of the scenario director, Hendeles.
Sleeping Beauty may thereafter read a detailed description of every exhibited item and understand better the art of wood makers, the different trees, forms of construction, the combination of wood and other materials as metal, terracotta, glass, ivory, paper…
Sleeping Beauty would surely become perplexed by the polarities, here created of scientific precision and illusory reflections, religiosity and playfulness, alchemy and history, earnestness and humour, Reality and the Dreaming mythological dimension.
An exhibition for the inspired intelligent viewer of necessary wide horizons, openness of mind, and vivid alertness.