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|New, site-specific installation by Gal Weinstein on view at the Israeli Pavilion |
Gal Weinstein, El Al, 2017, Acrilan, Styrofoam, graphite, felt and steel wool, installation view, Sun Stand Still, Israeli Pavilion, photo: Claudio Franzini, courtesy of Gal Weinstein.
VENICE.- Sun Stand Still, Gal Weinsteins project for the Israeli pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia, is a new, site-specific installation which explores the human desire to stop time. Reflecting a fascination with actual and potential forms of creation and destruction, progress and devastation, this project critically engages with the mythological and Romantic images embedded in Israels collective memory. Each part of the exhibition is related to works created by Weinstein over the past decade, so that his entire oeuvre is woven into a single, cohesive installation.
The installation's title refers to the biblical miracle performed by the ancient Israelite leader Joshua Bin-Nun, who sought to win his battle against the kings of Canaan before darkness fell. By commanding the sun to stop in its course, Bin-Nun attempted to arrest the passage of time. The central axis of the project Moon over Ayalon Valley is a representation of this biblical miracle. The exhibition transforms the national pavilion both physically and metaphorically into an abandoned site; a desolate, moldy and decaying building whose days of glory have long passed, a ghostly space pervaded by signs of decline.
Jezreel Valley in the Dark a floor installation on the intermediate level consists of puzzle-shaped agricultural plots filled with coffee dregs. This "agricultural laboratory is an ironic inversion of agricultural processes, as actions related to order, cultivation, and maintenance are replaced by inaction and neglect. On the pavilion's upper level, Weinstein's preoccupation with freezing time is underscored in a sculptural work depicting a missile or satellite launch pad made of Acrilan fiber.
The project may be interpreted as a melancholic and poetic allegory of the Israeli story one composed of miraculous acts and moments of enlightenment as well as neglect and destruction, a story vacillating between a megalomaniac soaring to great heights and a resounding crash. The divine miracle in the Ayalon Valley is related here to the Zionist project of conquering a seemingly barren wilderness, alongside expressions of technological progress and the mold agriculture. However, taken together, these works create a narrative that may also be read as a post-apocalyptic vision, revealing the cost of human hubris in the enterprise of civilization.
Gal Weinstein, who lives and works in Tel Aviv (b. 1970), is one of Israels most prominent mid-career artists. He is known for his large-scale, site-specific installations and his unique choice of materials defined by the logic of cheap mass production. His works reflect the complex contemporary Israeli conception of the landscape and its political, material, and symbolic resonances. Weinsteins works have been featured extensively in major international exhibitions, including the San Francisco Art Institute (2001); 25th São Paulo Biennale (2002); Art in General, New York (2003); Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo, Pamplona, Spain (2007) and Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland (2011). He has also had solo shows in Israels leading museums, including the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2002); The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art (2005) and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2006). Weinstein has participated in group exhibitions in major museums and galleries worldwide, including Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany (2003); Martin-Gropius-Bau, Germany (2005); the Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO), Vigo, Spain (2006); Mercosul Biennial, Brazil (2011); MAC, France (2013); MACRO, Rome (2013) and the 4th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art, Greece (2013).
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