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Vivian Sahar at Periscope Gallery

Sahar's exhibition presents a series of works that are a tribute to the church’s stained-glass windows. The works shine with gold and an intense color scale, typical of the ancient ecclesiastical visual decorations. Sahar empties the works of their religious context, and replaces the sublimity, majesty and splendor of the house of prayer with contemporary symbols and icons, thus creating an alternative artistic reality. These are augmented by a new series of three-dimensional sculptural objects, which further explore of the tension between the visible and the hidden.

Vivian Sahar's series of works raises questions about the relationships between what meets the eye - the external facade, and what unfolds beneath the surface. The visible and the hidden are part of a childhood experience shrouded in a secret. The connection between a powerful emotion expressed via a minimalist dictionary of forms, gives the viewer a compelling and meaningful experience.

One of the works is a hanging triptych, made of laser-cut gilded metal plates, and repeated bends, creating a cross-shaped lattice of slits, illuminated with backlight. The technique allows a glimpse of the images of church stained-glass, and radiates reflections and games of movement and light.

A golden curtain, which consists of digitally printed metal plates, divides the exhibition space. The curtain is tempting with golden sparks and bright colors that hide human evils, passions, longings and sins. The flat artistic language empties the church image of its religious narrative, leaving it in the realms of seduction, wonder and enchantment.

Another series of works uses a minimalist dictionary of forms and consists of stainless steel, acrylic glass and laser cuts 3D objects. Some are animal-like and placed on pedestals while the others are jewelry-like and hang from the wall.

The shapes consist of different directions of metal cuts and bending. Games of warmth and cold in color with the steel and acrylic glass, allow reflections of natural and artificial light and games of movement and rhythm. The viewer is a part of the works, as in op art, where every movement of the viewer in front of the object changes the visual perception of the work.

Curator: Shari Faran Read more

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