Escape Room, Group exhibition of young artists
Shahar Afek, Dorian Gottlieb, Eden Hevroni, Efrat Hakimi, Niv Cohen, Gili Lavy, Dor Zlekha Levy, Guy Nissenhaus, Chen Serfaty, Tal Rosen, Iris Chetritt
Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, May–September 2017
Text by Dr. Dorit Kedar
Man’s fertility or its loss.
Phallus, will, ability – all these are the symbolic armament of the man as fertile and fertilizer, as a warrior and a guardian.
A thousand years of supplication to:
Hermes, the Gods’ messenger,
Horus, the Egyptian God of the living and the dead,
Shiva, the Hindu God – annihilator and rejuvenator,
Native American Corn God,
Celtic god and many other divinities symbolizing the alpha male.
Woman’s fertility or its loss.
The woman as:
The Great Mother,
Earth bearing children in pain.
A mega seducer.
The aim of the conquerors and the one conquered.
The sanctity of a Mother.
The seductiveness of a harlot.
Similar and differing.
Thoughts about the principal of possession, indicating if an individual is an outsider or an insider within a social context. Awareness may change its characteristics accordingly.
Benevolent and malevolent forces, not necessarily counteracting, intermingled to form a dynamic jumble.
The great eye of God, as an eminent seer and protector avoiding all injuries and harm.
But the satanic eye, the eye of the hungry ghost, compulsive sexual drives, obstinate to hunt, trap, enslave and annihilate the tormented soul.
Therefore, fortified temples are founded; their thresholds guarded by monstrous masks to appease benevolent spirits which might change their demeanor and with no early warning become fatal assailants.
What exists will disappear.
What existed will not be.
Awareness wanders, secure or insecure, towards its certain elimination, lamenting its death.
Thoughts about a limited discernment.
Observing beyond a bright night to perceive a wild fervent star among trillions of similar systems.
Observing into the unreachable profound intestines of Earth.
Integrated sounds are put into practice by musical instrumentation, emphasize the principal of time and process within space.
Photographs courtesy of ArtViewer.org