ezri tarazi: kalab (close to home)
ezri tarazi: kalab (close to home) ezri tarazi: kalab (close to home)
feb 16, 2011

ezri tarazi: kalab (close to home)

ezri tarazi: kalab paradigma gallery, tel aviv, israel on now until 18 march 2011

‘soft revetment’, one of the pieces in ezri tarazi’s exhibition ‘kalab’

‘kalab’, an exhibition of works by israeli designer ezri tarazi, creates a home-like space from the materials and vernacular of military engagement. army slang for ‘close to home’, the installation and its pieces create a visual juxtaposition of the blurring of the lines between civil and military life that has come to characterize the culture of the conflict-ridden country.

installation view of ‘kabal’

many of the works incorporate materials taken directly from the lines of war. tazari’s ‘tired tire’ lamp uses satchel shapes to recreate the form of army truck tires. the ‘media force’  console and ‘red leader 1’, ‘red leader 2’, and ‘cream leader’ shelves incorporate used ammunition boxes.

others adopt the visages of conflict. ‘soft revetment’ simulates sandbag fortifications, while ‘thermal earth’, a coffeetable, is designed to resemble a thermal aerial photo as taken from unmanned army air vehicle.

‘cream leader’, used ammunition boxes and aluminum

detail on ‘cream leader’

tarazi writes:

‘the home becomes a ‘closed military zone’ that in its comfort can diminish the natural defense mechanism. this exhibition raises the questions of anxiety, home and sense of security, at times when soldiers and civilians play equal part in the confrontation. this could be the confrontation with our enemies or the confrontation within us, between our primal behaviors and the tamed ones.‘

installation view of ‘tired tire’ lamp and ‘red leader 1’ shelf

‘tired tire’, cotton, resin, and steel, incorporating army bag satchel straps

detail view of ‘tired tire’

‘red leader 2’, used ammunition boxes and iron

in the bookshelf series, tarazi uses the contrast in the polish and finish of the materials to highlight the difference between the flawless, artificial environments we often try to create for ourselves and the rough, unrefined world of reality.

‘media force’, used ammunition boxes, powder coated iron

detail view of shelves in ‘media force’, composed of discarded ammunition boxes

‘thermal earth’, wood and plexiglass

installation view of one of the rooms

  • Goes to show that art can be found anywhere and everywhere. Very well done!

    elf says:
  • Yeah, a great designer should be able to inspire himself anywhere. Nice work!

    Mohit Doda says:
  • cool~espacially the desk~!

    I-T H says:
  • nice combination of material !

    SEOULISH says:
  • Yotsei min ha Klal !

    Porree says:
  • work already done by Pascal Tarabay 10 years ago

    Sam says:
  • I REALLY like the “Media Force” book shelf styling and combination of materials! War almost looks good, yeah right, but your collection is well done.

    Miel says:
  • nice

    Jill Davis says:

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