Eyina - Israeli Contemporary Art
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel, the exhibition Eyina showcases a selection of works by eight contemporary Israeli artists, Maya Attoun, Yifat Bezalel, Rafael Y. Herman, Yitzhak Livneh, Rami Maymon, Sasha Serber, Guy Zagursky and Shira Zelwer.
Eyina is an Aramaic word for the Hebrew letter Ayin which also means Eye. All the letters in the Hebrew alphabet carry a numerical value known as “Gimatria”, which were ascribed a mystical meaning in the esoteric Jewish tradition. The assigned numerical value of the letter Ayin is 70, which is a number of great significance in Judaism. For instance, there are 70 different perspectives of the Torah as well as 70 names for Jerusalem.
The letter Eyina, Ayin, Eye, symbolises the act of observation and more so, spiritual viewing. Eyina points at the most important human sense - sight. Jewish mysticism teaches us that through contemplation we can truly see.
Through their work, the artists allow the viewer different ways of observing art, one that forces the viewer to not only look at something but also to see it. Other kinds of art are less bound to the artists’ intentions - though you still feel the artist’s presence, there is more room for the viewer’s eye and mind to roam.
Eyina, Ayin, our eye, is the link through which one can see beyond the form, colour and figure. This contemplation is what allows one to see into the heart of an artwork.
“Collect yourself and reflect, for things are not as you thought following the first notion that occurred to you, but rather as is made clear through reflection…”.