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UntitledINTERSECT NO.3, 2014. Mdf, satin acrylic paint, custom programmable led system, ipod, self
powered speaker system, 42 minute music composition. 39 x 32 x 23 inches.

RELIEF
A Solo Exhibition by David Abir

In the Project Space:
We Are The Hollow Men
An Installation by Miri Chais

January 22, 2015 – March 14, 2015

Public Opening Reception: Thursday January 22, 2015 7-9pm
Young Collectors night: Wednesday February 18, 2015 7-9pm
Panel discussion with artists: Saturday, February 21, 2015 4-6pm

Shulamit Gallery is pleased to present RELIEF, a solo exhibition by David Abir and the final installment of a series of four exhibitions: RUIN, RENEW, REVIEW and RELIEF, that tell a fictional historical narrative of a civilization who archived its knowledge in vessels of sound and light. RELIEF, which occupies the main gallery space, culminates in the reconstruction of a distinct antechamber from the fictional monument: TEKRAR. Five relief sculptures provide “legends” or “hieroglyphs” to this story – whose black silhouettes on white grounds introduce a whole new dimension to the purely geometric vocabulary of TEKRAR. “TEKRAR,” a Persian term, denotes reiteration and repetition, with the inferred idea of reconstitution, and in each of the four installations Abir has reconstituted the elements of the last by reformulating and adding to them. The implication is that each installation exists in a partial state of ruin (the first of the series was called Ruins), waiting to be rebuilt – and to be reconfigured in the rebuilding. But the recycling of formal and subjective elements throughout the sequence also gives the four installations the quality of a symphony, one organized along the traditional lines of Western compositional practice, with main and secondary themes introduced and developed so that each movement is distinguished both by original material and material carried over and re-interpreted. RELIEF is thus the fourth and final movement of a kind of visual-architectural “symphony,”. Even its soundtrack fits into this conceptual schema: as the previous installations had been sonically enlivened by Abir’s reworking of specific symphonic music (by, among others, Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms), so RELIEF’s ambient sound consists of those re-workings further developed with music by Johann Sebastian Bach and original compositions by Abir himself.

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Prisamid, 2014. Plexiglas, radiant film, silicon rubber. Edition 1/5. 24 x 32 x 25 inches.

Shulamit Gallery is pleased to premier the work of post-internet artist Miri Chais with an installation titled We Are The Hollow Men. The installation will feature paintings, video, sound, sculpture and new media works in the project space and individual works throughout the gallery. This installation is an extension of Miri’s recent solo exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum of Art, and explores many of the same themes regarding the effects of technology on contemporary society. The show’s title references T. S. Eliot’s famous poem, written on the cusp of an earlier wave of modernization, which interpreted the “new order” as a vitiating force, robbing individuals of their potency, will, and sense of self. Like Eliot, Chais senses “something gone terribly wrong” in contemporary life as a result of technology’s pervasive presence. Something has gone missing: Our privacy, our agency, our spirit, our identity. All over again, we are fast becoming Eliot’s “hollow men… the stuffed men / Leaning together / Headpiece filled with straw…”

Artist Biographies:

David Abir was born in 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and lives and works in New York and Los Angeles. Abir is a sculptor and composer who works with sound, structure and light. His current project, TEKRAR was first commissioned in 2005 for a group show in San Sebastian, curated by Octavia Zaya. It was then exhibited at the Aldridge Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT. TEKRAR was also presented as a site specific installation at PULSE Miami 2009 and again at Art Platform Los Angeles in 2011. The final iteration of TEKRAR Level Four was presented in association with Pacific Standard Time in Los Angeles. The installation was adapted further in REVIEW, as a semi-permanent public installation at the LA Mart in downtown Los Angeles. In 2013, Intersect No. 2 was acquired by Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, Turkey.

Miri Chais was born in Israel and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work uses a thematic blend of symbols and icons, both ancient and modern, projected through the lens of technology driven mass media. The work offers a multi sensory experience, at once sculpture and installation built of Plexiglas and other new media, with elements of light and sound. Institutional Commissions include the Design Museum and The Children’s Museum in Holon, Israel and Beit Mani in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her work is in numerous public collections including Janco-Dada Museum, Ein Hod; Design Museum, Holon and private collections in Paris, Tokyo, Munich, Milan, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Her solo exhibition “Re-Mind” at the Fisher Museum of Art on the USC campus this year received overwhelmingly positive reviews from the Huffington Post, KCET, Glasstire, Art Blitz LA, and the Jewish Journal. A solo presentation of new work will also be exhibited at VOLTA New York this March, 2015.