Pulse Miami Beach 2017
Thursday, December 7 - Sunday, December 10, 2017
Indian Beach Park
4601 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Litvak Contemporary is pleased to announce their first presentation at Pulse Miami Beach 2017, featuring Contemporary Israeli artists Itamar Freed, Elad Kopler and Peleg Dishon. Through varying mediums, these three artists create multilayered fictitious landscapes that are timeless and unplaceable, leaving the viewer unsure of what is real and what is manufactured.
Itamar Freed’s photography provokes questions regarding the character of natural and artificial creation and the uncanniness of gestures that elude the strict definitions of either. These questions are at the same time ancient and utterly contemporary. His work ranges from portraits of nubile young women in foliage to naturalistic scenes that combine multiple locales together into one image. By merging images taken in nature with staged environments, Freed creates a new fictitious place that only exists in the photographic frame. The raw material of Freed’s photography includes the wilderness, museums, zoos, botanical gardens, and his own studio. The encounter between the three territories – the wild, the cultured, and the staged – creates a deceptive sensation and incites questions about aesthetics, politics, culture, borders, and specifically about what is real and what is artificial.
In a similar manner, Elad Kopler’s work is also preoccupied with creating imaginary spaces, featuring urban landscapes that appear to have been severely damaged or partially destroyed. The desolate, vertical and horizontal outlines of buildings assimilate into vestiges of nature and point to traces of a lost culture. Through his brushstrokes, Kopler choreographs a dazzling amount of movement on the canvas’s surface that rushes from one to the next. Yet, among this great racket and amid the blasts of colors and forms, are points of quiet and calm. Kopler’s language of modernist painting is spoken with the enunciation of someone for whom it is his native, natural tongue. Yet the exchange, however swift, articulate and skilled as it is, presents to the viewer modernism’s obtuse aspect: the language of lines, forms, and colors that are not intended for translation into the literate.
Peleg Dishon’s work oscillates between the real and the imaginary, the sentimental and the conceptual by exploring states of mind via the use of analog systems, digital conventions, games and user experience methods. Dishon’s use of different artistic mediums: traditional paper cutting, cinematic portrayal, stage sets, and architecture, construct absurd environments in which associative thinking is structured by logical concepts. In order to do so, the artist uses analog techniques embedded in digital environments, utilizing physiological mechanisms, such as physiological afterimages or optical illusions that manipulate the mind. Many of Dishon's works create a mimetic, illusory world in which concepts of matter and space are intermittently undermined and consolidated.
About Itamar Freed
Itamar Freed was born in New York in 1987. He received his B.F.A from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 2012 and is currently pursuing his M.F.A at the Royal College of Arts, London. Freed’s work has been showcased in solo exhibitions at the Ramat-Gan Museum of Art, Israel, and Feinberg Projects Gallery in Tel Aviv. His works were also shown in "NordArt 2016", International Art Exhibition, Büdelsdorf, Germany, Musrara Gallery, Jerusalem, the Bezalel Gallery, Jerusalem. Freed has been the winner of the 2016 Clore - Bezalel Scholarship & a full Grant for a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Arts, London and the 2012 “EPSON” first prize for excellence in the art of photography. Freed's works are in private and public collections worldwide including the Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Collection, USA, the Clore Collection, London, UK, the Estée Lauder Collection, and other private collections in Israel and abroad. Freed recently completed an artist residency at Bilpin International Ground for Creative Initiatives (BigCi) at the UNESCO World Heritage Greater Blue Mountains in Australia.
About Elad Kopler
Elad Kopler was born in 1974 in Ramat-Gan, Israel. He received his B.F.A from the Hamidrasha School of Art Beit Berl College in 2004, and he received his M.F.A from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 2006. Kopler's work has been showcased in solo and group exhibitions including the Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa; Petach Tikva Museum of Art; Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel Aviv; Habres & Partner, Vienna; and Biet Berl Academic College Gallery, Tel Aviv. Kopler has been the recipient of many awards and recognitions, amongst them are the Award Scholarship, Hamidrasha School of Art Beit Berl College; Award for Excellence, Bezalel Academy of Art Design; America-Israel Cultural Foundation; Young Artist Award, Ministry of Science Culture & Sport; and the Rappaport Prize for Young Painter, Tel Aviv Museum of Art in 2012. Kopler's works are kept in collections worldwide including the Bank Ha'poalim Collection (Israel); Philip Hofer Collection, NY (USA); Sam & Yael Bacharach, NY (USA); and numerous private collections. Kopler currently has a solo exhibition at the Nahum Guttmann Museum of Art, Tel Aviv.
About Peleg Dishon
Peleg Dishon was born in Israel in 1979. He graduated with honors from Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl (2009) and was a START resident artist in 2009. Dishon has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout Israel and abroad including solo exhibitions at Circle 1 Gallery, Berlin (2014) and the Petach Tiqva Art Museum, Israel (2012) and group exhibitions at The Arts Center of Nicosia, Cyprus (2015) and START, Tel Aviv (2011). In the short time since his graduation, Dishon has been the recipient of several awards including Miron Sima Visual Arts Award (2013), AICF Scholarship for Excellency in Art (2010), and Award for Excellency in Art, Hamidrasha, Israel (2009) and is in the collection of START/Serge Tiroche. Dishon works and live in Tel Aviv.
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