CT / Gallery Kostka
/ Works by Gili Avissar
Artist: Gili Avissar (IL)Curator: Piotr SikoraExhibition Duration: 25 January – 18 February 2018
Opening: 25 January 2018, 7pm
“Who are you then?”
“I am part of that power which
eternally wills evil and eternally works good.”
J. W. Goethe: Faust
Do you remember the story of
sorcerer’s apprentice? It’s a tale of a bright young fellow who wanted badly to
learn the business. As a matter of fact he wanted it a bit too much, and began
to practice some of his boss’ magic tricks without his supervision, before
learning to have them properly under control. You may recall one incident, when
his master asked him to fill up a cauldron. Instead of working hard our
character came up with a brilliant idea to bring a broomstick to life, so that
it would carry the water for him. It worked very well and in the meantime he
has forgotten the magic formula that would make the broomstick stop its job.
And here comes the punch line! Our
friend started something that got beyond his own capacity. He turned the
sorcerer’s workplace into a massive mess that he was unable to clean by
himself. The spell he tried to use took the lead and finally ruined the task
given to him by the wizard. Our dearest apprentice got utterly possessed by the
spirit of the spell and its obnoxious force. If you didn’t get it yet, I’m
going to say it out loud: Gili is the sorcerer’s apprentice!
Having said this, it shouldn’t make
you doubt the genuine process behind the creation of Gili Avissar’s artworks.
Thorough work that lays in the foundation of his artistic approach makes it one
of a kind, both in terms of the quantity of his production and the intensity of
his performance. Gili’s productivity, however, should not be taken as a reason
to justify the quality of the works - it would be same as appreciating the sea
for the fact that it creates waves. It is actually the unreason we should be
looking for if we wish to validate them.
Just look around. You see a vibrant
environment made of different materials and fabrics stretched around the
gallery space. Grotesque masks followed by various disguises, and all kinds of
patterns creating a rich and splashy installation. There is something pleasing
yet obscene in it. It’s somewhat kinky, but not in the pornographic sense.
Rather in a way that reminds us of pupation of a butterfly. The small yet
complex universe that evolves in front of our eyes is DIY and completely free
of ready-made. There is no space for repetition, neither for boredom.
But what about the unreason I have
mentioned and what is the key that connects all the elements? The sorcerer’s
apprentice cast a spell in order to trick the system and avoid work. After all,
necessity is the mother of invention and laziness could have been the actual
reason for industrial revolution. However, instead of making his life easier
the apprentice ended up with having to deal with the chaos caused by his
lopsided attempts to adopt magic. Work! Perhaps he will try to use magic again.
Work! Practice some new tricks to find an exit from the tight corner he got
himself into. Work! Failing yet trying over and over again, not knowing where
and how to end.
The sorcerer’s apprentice creates
his art in a long process, spending 10-12 hours a day in the studio and
approaching his task with energy as positive as the socialist propaganda movies
from 50s. To stop is not an option. It’s better to re-cycle, up-cycle, work on
it a bit more. Most of the artworks we are surrounded by used to be part of
different pieces. What goes around really comes around! In the intense,
diabolical work you can almost sense the magical capacity growing. Sounds like
a precarious leftist hell or neoliberal heaven. It’s your choice which one you
Open daily from 1pm till 8pm and
according to the evening program. Free entry.
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