Lili Almog: Down to Earth
Vered Gallery presented Down to Earth, an exhibition of new work by photographer Lili Almog. Almog’s debut solo exhibition at Vered Gallery introduced her newest series of photographs featuring landscapes utilizing satellite imagery embellished with her own drawings. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist Saturday, May 24th from 9 – 11pm.
Almog has worked primarily through photography in environmental portraiture, the experimental direction of Down to Earth presents new views of engagement with landscape as it integrates various forms of land use; its leisure activities and suburban life.
"My intrigue with traces of human activity led me to explore ‘America’s Playgrounds’ and I became obsessed with the shapes and forms of fields; golf courses, baseball fields, oil fields, air plane ‘graveyards’…all manner of spaces, some organized, some less so. The enormity and complexity of the sights necessitated that I investigate the selected locations through satellite maps, whose inherent abstraction presented a paradoxically accessible method of aesthetic entry."
Almog believes that the process of cultural mapping by itself draws attention to the existence and importance of human obsessive possessiveness and their behavior, linking the invisible borders of culture and art. As she worked on this series, she was reminded of the magnitude of what she was taking in.
Working virtually in cyberspace, Almog created an intimacy between herself and her subjects by drawing upon the photographs. As vast spans of landscape changed into mapping forms, the fields become remarkably simple. The map of a cultural landscape emerged.
Almog’s artistic efforts began with a focus on creating representations of the feminine body and psyche to objectively capture the state of spiritual and cultural identity among women influenced by western culture (Bed sequence 2002, Perfect Intimacy 2006 and The other Half of the sky 2009). In more recent work (Between Presence and Absence 2012) her focus shifted from social behavior to traces of human activity and including sculptures and video. Most recently a 25 minute documentary Between Presence and Absence just completed and submitted to several International Film Festivals.
Works by Lili Almog are in the permanent collection of numerous museums including, San Francisco
MOMA, CA; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Art Museum, Lexington, KY; The Israel
Museum, Jerusalem, Israel; Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; Norton Museum of art, Pam Beach, FL;
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium; Herzliya Museum of art, Israel; Museet for
Fotokunst, Odense C, Denmark and The New York Academy of Art.
EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday, May 24 – Monday, June 16, 2014
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 24; 9pm – 11pm.
LOCATION: Vered Gallery, 68 Park Place, East Hampton, NY 11937
GALLERY HOURS: Sun – Mon, 11am – 6pm; Fri, 11am – 7pm; Sat, 11am – 9pm ONLINE AT: www.veredart.com
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