Sheetrit & Wolf Gallery opens an exhibition of statues by Avner Levinson
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Sheetrit & Wolf Gallery opens an exhibition of statues by Avner Levinson
Each figure begins with a vague reflection, a thought that becomes clearer in the dynamic work process.

TEL AVIV.- The statues of Avner Levinson have no names. They are everybody and they are nobody. They are lumpy, free, defiantly present and expressive. In the new exhibition at the Sheetrit & Wolf Gallery's Showroom in Neve Tzedek, Levinson presents a collection of smaller sculptures. "In these sculptures I focused on the small, on the human," he says, "as part of honestly dealing with big questions about the human spirit and the degree of man, as opposed to the general spirit outside." The exhibition will include dozens of small works, head sculptures, exposed and vulnerable figures, along with several large sculptures. Levinson's clay sculptures do not fawn, do not try to beautify reality. On the contrary, they attempt to capture an elusive truth, with integrity and honesty. His human and personal fingerprint penetrates deep into the material. Each figure begins with a vague reflection, a thought that becomes clearer in the dynamic work process. "I start from a certain position, and it changes as I work. What I thought about in the morning looks completely different in the evening, and that's what interests me – the way I go with the figures."

Avner Levinson (b. 1981, Jerusalem), sculptor, sketcher and painter. Between 2005 and 2013 he lived, studied and worked in New York. He holds an MFA degree from The New York Studio School. Levinson exhibits in Israel and the United States, teaches and lectures in various places. In addition, he is one of the owners of the Maya Gallery in Tel Aviv's Kiryat HaMelacha and the nearby Atelier School of Art. In his work he mainly deals with human forms and the delicate balance between the physical and the spiritual. He works in a variety of materials such as clay, papier-mâché, bronze and gypsum. His works do not necessarily represent obvious human figures. Most often these are abstractions or essences of forms: allusions to human figures, animals and landscapes. "It's a cold, lifeless lump of clay, and from this lump you have to create meaning," he says. "In the end, what interests me is to express a living thing - and therefore I feel that the way of touching the material must be one that does not imitate reality but recreates it."

The Sheetrit & Wolf Gallery is a joint venture of two businesspeople Ruth Sheetrit and Jonathan Wolf Abramczyk : Sheetrit is CEO and owner of SHEETRIT MEDIA GROUP, which operates in the fields of advertising, media, culture and art, society and philanthropy. She has been accompanying the cultural world in Israel for many years, taking part in many initiatives in the field of art, nurturing and promoting Israeli artists in exposure and sales. In 2021, she established Ma Julie, a café-gallery in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood of Tel Aviv, where art meetings, lectures and exhibitions are held.

Wolf Abramczyk is an Israeli French businessman. He was born in Paris to one of the leading families in the food industry, was one of the most well-known racing drivers in Europe, immigrated to Israel with his family in 2016 and manages commercial activities in low-tech and high-tech, with a lot of innovation. He came to the international art world following his tremendous passion for creation and has been active in the field for more than 20 years. The gallery's goal is to present Israeli and international art by innovative and promising artists who break the boundaries of artistic expression.

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