Beyond the Orange Pipe

Ira Shalit

In the grove next to St. Peter’s Church

Hahorshot Park, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Opening: 24.7.2021,12:00 — 14:00

25.7.2021 — 27.7.2021

Beyond the Orange Pipe is Shalit’s third solo exhibition within the Ventilator travelling exhibition space. His two previous exhibitions took place in the studio adjacent to his flat and featured a DIY practice that shifted between digital drawing, works of organic materialism and structural installations made from ready-mades.  In Park Hahurshot (Hebrew for Park of Groves), where Shalit takes his daily morning walks, he presents two new series. Thoughts about childhood, youth, education, asceticism and improvisation hover above Shalit’s work.

Beyond the Orange Pipe uses the logical order of the park, in which the trees become the architectural elements demarcating the groves. In between, invisible walls seem to stretch. Using loose wire, Shalit hung on the trees digital drawings that he printed on Dibond. This is private signposting within the public sphere, which announces no specific logic but rather total freedom of action. The viewer surrounds the tree, looks at it, through it, and reality is revealed to her senses. Every once in a while, the church bells ring, a physical sensation of walking on pine needles that fell in the grove is heightened, and from afar the sound of birds tweeting or car horns blaring is heard. At the foot of the trees, improvised chairs that Shalit found throughout south Tel Aviv are tied. He glued them together, rearranged them, paired them and made each chair into a hybrid creature. They can be viewed as rickety sculptures, which cannot be extricated from the street, even if they offer momentary respite.

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Pockets

2021

Ten seats of chairs, mixed media

Variable dimensions

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Wandering, Dial:BeansCoucouSpaghettiNoodle PieTik Tak Kit KatNamed AfterWaltPay PalDrop The PotatoWeeds, Garden Bed, MidnightNocturneStarlet In The Sky

2021

Fifteen digital drawings UV printed on Aluminum
27x19.5 cm each