Santa Monica, CA USA
Saturday, January 12, 2013–Saturday, February 16, 2013
Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present Zadok Ben David’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.
Ben David’s work over the past two decades has explored the relationship between man and nature. The artist is interested in utilizing metal; in this specific case, aluminum and stainless steel to point towards an exploration of nature as symbolic of the moment of discovery.
In the current exhibition, Ben David is showing new work themed around the butterfly. The butterfly represents the last link in the chain between man and the natural world. In the main gallery, there is an installation of one circle with two disparate sides. The three meter form is composed of over 2,000 miniature butterflies and insects; each meticulously hand painted in bright fluorescent colors. Suspended in a darkened space, viewed only under UV light, one can bear witness to the shifts in imagery when contemplating one side versus the other. “The Other Side of Midnight” challenges perceptions of beauty on the one hand, and repulsion on the other; two seemingly different concepts that are quite closely connected via the nature that surrounds us all.
In the smaller gallery, Ben David shows sculptures comprised of small butterflies and people within the larger forms of figures and circles.
Zadok Ben David lives and works in London. His work has been shown extensively in Europe and Asia. The artist currently is featuring large scale outdoor work in the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Ben David represented 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. He has had exhibitions in The Tel Aviv Musem titled Human Nature (2009); Living in Evolution (2010) in Busan Biennial, South Korea; Wonder Singapore Biennale 2008 and at the Biennale Cuveé 2009 in Austria among others.
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