Daniel Shoshan and Amit Matalon, two Israeli artists who wonder the open space, photographing and drawing the local Israeli landscape, documenting and processing by employing various tools and methods. Similar to scientists, Shoshan and Matalon use their landscape photographs and the specimens they’ve collected as a platform to recreate a new artificial landscape, which they assemble in a laboratory environment.
The landscapes depict a process of visual mapping, traces of memories and reflections. Their experiences and impressions are then processed, abstracted and transformed through various digital techniques into basic drawing units. These basic units act as cells of information that constitute the foundation and infrastructure upon which a microcosm of a new landscape experience is created.
In this exhibition, Shoshan and Matalon display three installations of laboratory landscapes. Each installation is in fact, an artificial landscape that withholds it’s own system of codes. The first installation is the first step in the process of transformation.
The dismantled landscape is portrayed through a dense physical texture created by a standard form of drawing. In the second installation, the landscape spreads upon tens of meters as a drawing in action, as a collection of encoded shapes. This landscape was created in collaboration with local artists who have no relation to the original one. In the third installation, the landscape spreads upon tens of meters of sound sketches. The cell information of the landscape receives a new dimension of time, movement and sound.
This project represents an attempt to disassemble local Israeli landscape from the myths and ideological baggage it carries. At the same time, it is also an attempt to dismantle drawing from its own myths by building a new language and practice.
About the exhibition
Dates: Mar 8, 2015 – Mar 31, 2015
Opening: Mar 8, 2015, 15:00, Sunday
Venue: Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art
Courteys of the artists and Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, for further information please visit www.duolunmoma.org.