From Her Wooden Sleep / Ydessa Hendeles: The Game of Wooden Polarities

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.



About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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