PETACH TIKVA MUSEUM OF ART
The artist Oren Pinhassi was invited to "Outset Bialik Residency" from July to September 2017, for the creation and installation of his new solo exhibition "Springs", at the Petach Tikva art museum, curated by Marie Shek.
Oren Pinhassi, a sculptor who creates large-scale installations, is dedicated to the demarcation of architectural objects. The exhibition route makes the viewer walk with curiosity, taking him from one side to the other, from the inside out. The sensual installation draws the viewer to wander in and around it, and to look through it at the other, the stranger, the stranger within us, as Julia Kristeva said in her book Strangers to Ourselves.
Familiar and mundane objects and substances, such as towels, mirrors, deck chairs, a cactus, a sponge and Vaseline, are restricted in space, as their installation amidst columns of raw and phallic concrete makes the viewer wonder where they are find.
Apparently abandoned by absent people, the objects prevent one from determining their identities or concluding who they were and what will become of them. Pinhassi subjects his materials to an alchemical process, during which the soft becomes hard, the liquid becomes solid, the full becomes empty, and the pleasant - unsettling. Examining them on a human scale implies subordinating architectural elements to questions of identity, both private and collective.
Pinhassi builds a setting reminiscent of a public bathroom, placing the individual in a public space in a situation that is private. He delves into the interrelationships between the place and the objects that occupy it, the human body and elements such as soap and water, chemicals and minerals. In public baths, however, the politics of space applies not only to the individual's relationships with his body and objects, but also to his relationship with others; to interpersonal relationships in the geopolitical and geoeconomic field, in the global world in which we live, interact and operate.