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At the Tribal Art Gallery & Israeli Art
Curators: Shelly Rashkes and Nili Witztum – Artodo
For many years Laura Pinchas and her family lived in the Congo, Africa. As a young woman, Pinchas was deeply influenced by the locals with her daily interaction with them creating within her experiences that were burned into her, becoming a part of her.
Pinchas brought with her to Israel the clothes, traditions, local culture and perceptions of life she had accumulated during her years living there.
The influences from the Congo are reflected in the range of her works on display in the My Congo exhibition.
The name of the exhibition is derived from the rare combination in which Laura found herself. Life led her to distant lands in the wake of love and with sensitivity and understanding for the new situation in her life, managed to create for her and her family a life full of interest within the Israeli and local community with both becoming the first home in her life. Within her home you can find regular activities that involve the locals which formed the collaboration and mutual learning that formed the basis for her continued creation.
We met Pinchas in Israel at Studio Sculpture after returning from Africa -a modest, humble, dominant and energetic woman. She conquered everyone’s hearts with great wisdom and in her way integrated as if she had always been here.
She began her creative journey in the field of sculpture under the guidance of sculptor David Peer.
Beginning her journey with an attempt to find her style and personal handwriting, Pinchas’ creative and performance ability brought her virtuoso and an impressive level of performance.
In the process, the effects of her time in Africa crystallized and shimmered in Pinchas.
And in the last 10 years she has created an impressive body of work characterized by individual language that is expressed in her sculptures that rise nobly to the heights and create a sense of levitation and national presence at the same time.
The fact that she was not born there did not prevent her from bringing to our districts the natural sights of the locals. Pinchas’ connection and love for the place, allowed her to create human tissue faithful to her inner feelings.
Pinchas, like many 20th century creators who created works out of environmental influences and or used certain materials to express themselves, began in her own way to bring to our consciousness a different lifestyle. In her works, through the series of sculptures, she tries to express the simplicity of life out of a belief that these are the elements of her private paradise, and at the same time she is interested in making the creative experience accessible to the viewer through her eyes.
The shapes that emerge under Pinchas’ wand are influenced by artists who have paved an innovative path in the art world like the artist Gauguin who traveled to Tahiti and exposed us to a new world of possibilities.
Pinchas for us is Mother Earth, Gaia in Greek mythology, creates her sculptures from the earth.
Through conventional means of construction with clay, the works that form under her hands crystallize into authentic figures made of bronze, created in abstraction and moving away from a naturalistic depiction.
Abstraction creates a rich and deceptive world that challenges the viewer to use his imagination to fill in the blanks.
The authenticity and nobility in Pinchas’ sculptures that are the antithesis of the Western gaze, illustrate the primacy of humanity on the planet as if it had just been created as a person and a farm.
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The collection of sculptures merges and creates a stabilizer that simulates the story of the “Exodus” and is a reminder of a life that preceded the evolutionary evolution of humanity that went a hundred light years away from the roots of human nature and creation.
The material capitalist world has been pushed out of the tribal gallery and is being replaced by the primordial era of human nature in its incarnation.
- Festive opening: Friday, 24.6.2022, at 12:00
- Tribal Art Gallery & Israeli Art Address: 13 Center for Craftsmen St., Tel Aviv
- Visiting Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11:00 to 19:00, Friday & Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00
- Gallery Phone: 055-923-0022
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