Shachar Freddy Kislev at the Herzliya Museum

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Exhibition: Baldy Heights

Artist: Shachar Freddy Kislev

Venue: Herzliya Museum

Date: Until August 3rd


The other day, actually night, I woke up from a dream, which reenacted Shachar Freddy Kislev’s first solo exhibition “Baldy Heights”, which is taking place at the Herzliya Museum and is curated by Noam Segal.

In the show, the young artist Kislev has created a fantasy world, made of a guarding monkey depicted in a painting at the entrance of the show, an installation which is the home of one of the strangest creatures I’ve seen lately, referred to by Kislev as a larva, a video of a defecating tree and a neon green cactus.
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Monkey on a Cube, 2010

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Monkey on a Cube, 2010 (detail)

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Larva Eating a Ball, 2013

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Untitled (Cactus), 2013

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Untitled (Cactus), 2013

It’s a beautiful world which draws the visitors in but it’s also an extremely ugly and repelling one. You can see that it’s fake, almost kitsch and at times funny, but it’s also threatening and disgusting, exactly how it reappeared in my dream when the larva swallowed my entire hand.  Futuristic and primal elements are all mixed together creating a microcosm where the show is taking place.

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Larva Eating a Ball, 2013 (detail)

It’s also a circular “environment” surrounded by a string which, at first glance, can look purely decorative or there to complete the weird general atmosphere, but can also be seen as a reference to the “Eruv”, that delimitation used in Jewish neighborhoods to allow the transfer of objects between domains during Shabbat. This fact, elevates this “fantasy” world as described before, to a mystical level, where, who know’s, ceremonies might be even taking place, perhaps once the museum is closed.

For an exhibition to make an appearance, weeks after I visited it, in my dream it must be a strong and out of the ordinary one. And that’s exactly the case with “Baldy Heights”, because of the fact it really relies on the visitors to complete it with their own imaginative inner world.

A part from seeing it again perhaps in a dream or in your imagination, the show is accompanied by a truly amazing and thorough catalog both in the form of a hard copy and an Ipad interactive application, which I believe is the first of its kind to have been created for a museum show in Israel. The future is here!


The Ipad Application


The Ipad Application


All Pictures of the exhibition by Fima Shlick