Arik Miranda

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Drops of the night

Gallery 39 for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

2009

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Indian ink on paper

28X35.5 cm

Acrylic and oil paint on canvas

200X190 cm

Felt pen and acrylic on canvas

190X200 cm

Felt pen and acrylic on canvas

190X200 cm

Felt pen and acrylic on canvas

190X200 cm

Felt pen and acrylic on canvas

68X80 cm

Oil paint and acrylic on canvas

68X80 cm

Polaroids

Polaroids

Polaroids

Indian ink on paper

28X35.5 cm

Indian ink on paper

28X35.5 cm

Indian ink on paper

28X35.5 cm

Indian ink on paper

28X35.5 cm

Indian ink on paper

28X35.5 cm

Indian ink on paper

28X35.5 cm

Indian ink on paper

28X35.5 cm

Indian ink on paper

28X35.5 cm

Installation View

Drops of the Night

Christof Habres

Arik Miranda was born in Israel 1972 and is one of the most aspiring artists and curators of his native country, in the last years also making a name for himself internationally. His studies at the Hamidrasha School of Arts and the Avni Institute of Arts in Tel Aviv, as well as numerous artist-in-residence programs paved the way for his current art practice, one that cannot be reduced to one medium or technique. Spanning genres, Miranda invariably constructs the field of his calling as broadly as possible. His characteristic approach and uncompromising questioning is especially apparent in his photography, drawing and painting, to all of which analytical irony is inherent.

From this standpoint, several exhibitions have already enabled his sensitive observation of subjects such as identity, his own growing up, his homeland and its (art) history, and pivotal moments such as love, fear, beauty, nature, undogmatic spirituality and destruction.

In his work, Miranda emphasizes that only a conceivably small, reduced vocabulary is necessary to, in sublime and differentiated manner, visualize the world and our relationship to it. The sparingly applied line, the almost translucent color scheme of his paintings, the subversive tranquility in his photography, all draw attention to a bigger whole, without congesting the viewer’s power of imagination with superfluities. Miranda’s work thus becomes evidence of an encounter with the real, emotional and mental structure of the world, introspection and outward view, without instructive or sweeping gestures.

Arik Miranda shapes expressive simplicity like no other, and by minimalistic expression achieves the viewers’ maximum involvement. It is the genuinely humourous moments (including the use of lyrics of contemporary pop music as titles for series) which captivate, while never calling into question or dissolving the significance of his work. Bedsides taking us on a journey into his vibrant world, the undeniable honesty in Miranda’s images invites us to undertake one into our own imagination.

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