Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art Cordially invites you to the opening of
Gaston Zvi Ickowicz
Cubit, Span, Foot
Opening: Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 8 pm
Sodom (Entrance), 2010, digital pigment print, 138X170 cm
On Thursday, December 16th, 2010 at 8 pm Gaston Zvi Ickowicz' solo exhibition “Cubit, Span, Foot” will open at Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, 7 Mazeh St. Tel Aviv.
Gaston Zvi Ickowicz's current body of work is a product of observation of the surface, like a “regional survey,” a preliminary archaeological study intended to provide a sampling of the remains in the studied site. Such a work method looks like the beginning of a calculated, systematic process of searching finds, the traces of past occurrences, which will help him weave a chain of signifiers that lead to the emergence of differentiated meaning. He arrives in places where one may identify signs of culture and history, thereby addressing questions of belonging and detachment.
Ickowicz continues a process which began in his previous series, “DRY,” expanding his scope of observation. He photographs caves, archeological sites, the remnants of extinguished bonfires, etc. concurrently. The multiplicity of themes and the concentration on photographic objects, such as traces, remnants, and vestiges, convey the sense of a quest of self-searching for belonging and roots.
The title of the exhibition, “Cubit, Span, Foot,” alludes to the tension between the choice of objects and a work process, which is scientific, systematic, and objective (the use of the standard of units of measure and the turn to the past, to a measuring method prevalent in antiquity, known as a biblical system of measuring), on the one hand, and the fact that the units of measure were drawn from body parts, whose use in the past was not uniform, and changed from place to place, from society to society, and sometimes even from person to person, on the other.
From the exhibition text by Avi Lubin
Gaston Zvi Ickowicz, born 1974 in Buenos Aires, immigrated to Israel with his family in 1980. Graduate of the Bezalel Academy MFA program, winner of 2008 Gerard Levi Award for a Young Photographer on behalf of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for 2008. He had exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Israel among them att Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel Museum in Jerusalem and Haifa Museum of Art, and galleries in Europe and the US. In 2010 Gaston Zvi Ickowicz has received the “Young Artist Award” from the Israeli Ministry of Culture. On October 2011, a solo exhibition of Ickowicz' works is scheduled at Tel Aviv Museum of Art.