Reception April 4, 5-7pm
Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition of Zadok Ben David.
As often with moments of discovery, different avenues of thought and perception collide to create a greater understanding of a present subject or leap to unforeseen ideas. Ben David’s installation Blackfield, in a sophisticated marriage of scale and color, invites just that. Blanketing the main gallery floor, more than 12,000 petit steel cut plant sculptures arise out of a thin layer of sand. Perfectly rectangular the installation allots a path for the viewer to circumambulate the room. With one complete pass, what initially appears to be all black reveals a double life of rebellious color.
Each plant sculpture derives its form from botanical illustrations from Victorian sources and text books and carries a photographic sense of recessional perspective and volume despite its two dimensionality. Ben David consistently tests our observational diligence with these delicate union of opposites. Here the temporality of the work becomes apparent. These incremental moments of transfer from black to color and part to whole signify a process or human evaluation. In just a few steps, the artist offers a radical duality or change in state of mind.
Ben David’s work comments on revelation versus choice and natural law’s relationship to the sublime. When confronted with what is, the artist retorts with what could be. His sculptures depict how science and art both function with the wonderment of discovery, shifting perspectives and contemplative research.
Zadok Ben David lives and works in London. He received his advanced sculpture degree from St. Martin’s School of Art, London. His work has been shown extensively internationally including representing Israel in the Venice Biennale in 1988. He is the recipient of both the Grande Biennial Premio at the XIV Biennale Internacional de Arte de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal 2007 as well as the Tel Aviv Museum prize in 2005. Recently his installation Blackfield was exhibited in Wonder Singapore Biennale 2008 and currently at the Biennale Cuveé 2009 in Austria.
For more information please contact Kerry O’Bryan at (310) 453-7535.