Shimon Attie Solo Show at Jack Shaman Gallery

Facts on the Ground
April 28 - June 3, 2016
Opening reception for the exhibition: Thursday, April 28th, 6-8pm
524 West 24th Street

 Facts on the Ground features Attie’s recent series of the same name which captures the artist’s poetic interventions at meaningful public spaces across Israel and Palestine.

In 2014, Attie inserted approximately thirty custom light boxes of illuminated text into the contested landscape to produce site-specific installations staged specifically to be photographed. The glowing words both comment on the surrounding region and literally illuminate it, while additionally suggesting the inability of text and image to fully convey meaning.

Rich with ambiguity, the phrases—some culled from the history of Zionism, others artistic distillations—resist interpretation, while pointing to some of the psychological, cultural, and political anxieties at stake in present day Israel and Palestine. Conceptually layered and visually arresting, these immersive images offer opportunities for reflection, while raising as many questions as they answer.

ALL OF ONE’S FEARS, Two on-location light boxes, sited between Synagogue and ruins of former Mosque attacked by rioting Israelis during second Intifada, Cvar Shalem neighborhood, Tel Aviv, 2014, digital c-print, 28.5" x 40" and 40" x 60", from the series Facts On The Ground

ALL OF ONE’S FEARS, Two on-location light boxes, sited between Synagogue and ruins of former Mosque attacked by rioting Israelis during second Intifada, Cvar Shalem neighborhood, Tel Aviv, 2014, digital c-print, 28.5" x 40" and 40" x 60", from the series Facts On The Ground