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Circular Form is Always Strongest

Studio Bank Curator: Hadas Kedar

Studio Bank Assistant Curator: Julia Yablonsky


Ruti de Vries, Goni Riskin and Shahar Yahalom.


Studio Bank, 2020

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The exhibition Circular Form is Always Strongest is a collaboration between three artists of the same generation, Ruti de Vries, Goni Riskin and Shahar Yahalom.

The exhibition is based on a series of installments that are the result of a cross-medium dialogue between the artists. The collaboration combines sculpture, photography and installation and is regarded by the artists as an ongoing process in which images and objects undergo transformations - both in the conceptual sense and in the material aspect. This fruitful collaboration provokes a range of sculpted objects such as plaster shoes and textile-works that are created in the space and worn throughout the exhibition. 


De Vries, Riskin and Yahalom carefully examine the objects that are created during the dialogue between them and create for them environments: whether they place the objects within an orchestrated surrounding or amongst video art - at times based on real events and at times staged ones.


The modular aspect of the exhibition is its beating heart – from time to time the exhibition changes creating an ongoing process to be documented. The photographic works created by Riskin throughout the exhibition document these changes.


One of the main events in the exhibition is the 'editorial' - a term borrowed from the fashion and commercial-artistic photography field describing an independent and non-commercial fashion production accompanied with a production team. 


Due to the circumstances, the ‘editorial’ will be viewed through the window of the exhibition space that faces Ben Yehuda Street: The artists draw on the professional term to describe a performative action in a space in which the dancer-photographed Alma Krabat Shemesh, interprets in motion the wearable sculptures created by the artists.


The wearable sculptures, such as the shoe sculptures, restrict the dancer's free movement. A restriction that may be attributed to our current era. Along with the cumbersome clothes and accessories, the performance offers a new logic that affects the dancer’s physical-mental state and movement.


The opening event included a participatory performance in which the artists invited the audience to interact with live artistic processes: casting on top of the audience member’s bodies initiated by Yahalom, exploration of De Vries’s process of sewing and fashioning of the audience members and Riskins’s editorial photography that documented the participatory performances.  


Alongside the artists’ exhibition and event schedule, they are hosting the “Freedom Research” project, where participants Ree Levin, Leora Piltzer, and Orr Prince create jewelry and poems to accompany the exhibition.


The editorial event will take place: 26/2/21-27/2 and will be viewed through the window pane of Studio Bank towards Ben Yehuda street due to the restrictions of the Israeli Health Ministry. 


Further details will be available on our Facebook page.


Closing event: 5/3/21, 11:00

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