Arik Levy “I remembered it differently” Solo Exhibition. Setareh Gallery Dusseldorf
“I remember it differently” is a dialog between the viewer and the artist’s mind: this time the gallery space invites the visitors to create multiple expressions they can interact with. It is similar to taking a world tour and visiting different countries day after day. It is not a “no man’s land” statement: on the contrary, these are places or locations where we meet with the subject matter and ourselves. In most of my body of work the element of absence is very present and takes a dominating part in the development of ideas and thoughts, but more importantly in provoking doubts and self- questioning
I am constantly working on several subjects at the same time. This experience generates a stratification of thoughts and feelings. Nature is a center of gravity to this meditation but it is not only Nature that we look at...it is also human nature and its transformed mutations. Narratives that are trans-positioned, -nature into social complexity, order into disorder or static into kinetic-, do that the interpretation of the viewer is what gives the works a new dimension and a new life. In our everyday life the perception we have of our environment often depends on our intellectual and emotional memory: even the most trivial of objects can get a new aspect and meaning each time we look at it, because “we remembered it differently”.
I do not manage to isolate one subject and argue its content, I am submerging into a pool of thick substance, of feelings and statements:
The FacetFormation series constitute a new narrative of work. The individual facets that, just a second ago, were part of a complete and perfect form are now unable to re-compose and go back to being a monolith. These pieces represent the transformation and mutation of oneself or of a social group, that re-assembles each time in a new and different way, to create an infinite series of metaphors the viewer can connect to.
This series is also my first transition from abstract to figurative, a transition
that I was only able to perceive once I finished the first piece. It was an enlightenment and a pleasure for me to see a mineralized form coming to life, an experience that had partially already taken place through the series of paintings Mineralized World, that I first presented 2 years ago at the gallery. Creating the FacetFormation series, has given me a similar feeling of staring at a fixed point in time and space, such as an X-ray cliché we can see in- depth and under the skin into the emotional, social and biological infrastructure of an advanced bio mimicry.
The facets (non pixel) are traveling in space to penetrate our visual world and social codes references: they become a window from which we cannot help but first focus on the image, and are only able to investigate its surroundings after. It is the viewfinder of the third eye looking into oneself.
Started 10 years ago, this very intimate and personal work of composition and phrases in three-dimensional materials and origins, represents a new code. Casted bronze, material that lasts forever, unlike the wood branches that may dissolve and deteriorate, gives the new composition a sense of eternity and future. Time is then part of the measuring parameters in this set of mind.
Shields of Nature:
Red Globules and White Globules are photo painting processed and printed on composite aluminum boards. The red circles are the red globules transporting the oxygen, nutrition, infrastructure etc.; the image in the center are FixingNature codes photographed like a detail of an act of care. The white globules are the repairing system in our blood and they carry similar images, but the fact that here they are painted in red, makes them lose their origin and makes them not recognizable anymore. Instead they look as if they were actual organs of a living body...heart, veins etc. The tree branches that dried to death have been repaired and combined with others: seen from unusual angles they go back to being a living organ that has been taken care of.