Mindy Solomon Gallery is proud to introduce to the United States the solo exhibition debut of Tel Aviv based artist Shai Yehezkelli.
Shai Yehezkelli refers to himself as the wandering Jew. He was born in Jerusalem in 1979 and resides in Tel Aviv. Raised as an Orthodox Jew, Yehezkelli no longer practices at that level of observance, but continues to be fascinated by the objects associated with ritual practice. In an interview with arts blog Young Space, Yehezkelli opines:
“Well, yes. I was always interested in religion and specifically in Judaism. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I was educated in religious schools and grew up as an orthodox. Today I am very far from this environment, yet I am still infatuated with the rituals, and I keep finding its connections to territory that art claims to own in our culture. I like to play with the image of the Shofar, for instance, so that it’ll be understood as a pipe, or Tefillin as a modern black square. The aura is the same, the terminology is similar. Yet, art always fails to deliver what religion constantly gains.”