Past Public Program

Deconstructing Archetypes: Shay Arick Artist Talk

Artis Presents

October 27, 2019, 1:00PM

New York City

Links: Artist's Website

Shay Arick Artist Talk
Sunday, October 27, 1:00 pm
East Village, address with RSVP

Join us for a conversation with Brooklyn-based cross-disciplinary artist Shay Arick, who will present recent installations, sculptures, and video works that expose societal constructs and politics in Israel/Palestine. Arick will present two projects that are part of his ongoing investigation into male archetypes and toxic-masculinity. A two part video, David and Goliath (2017) imagines the perspectives of both David and Goliath, animating each character in this biblical story. Arick’s current body of work, Cowboys (2018-2019), is a series of sculptures and videos that deconstruct America’s fascination with the cowboy as an ideal, uber-masculine figure. In both David and Goliath (2017) and Cowboys (2018-2019), Arick employs humor to critique male archetypes in an effort to reimagine them. Arick will also speak about his work, Uprising (2016)–a series of knives inscribed with common Israeli-Palestinian flowers–made in response to the wave of stabbings that took place throughout Jerusalem in 2015-2016. The blades are installed on the wall at heart level, with the blade edges sticking out towards the center of the room, creating a feeling of tension and questioning of safety. In contrast, the flower silhouettes that emerge from the blades reference the charged landscape with a hopeful tone.

Shay Arick is an Israeli visual artist based in Brooklyn. Arick is a recipient of Murphy Cadogan Contemporary Arts Award and the Eileen Cooper Award For Creativity, the America-Israel Award For Excellence in Sculpture and is a HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts Artist Grant recipient, among others. He received support through many residencies and fellowships, including The International Sculpture Center, MASS MoCA, Kadist Art Foundation, Wassaic Project, The Watermill Center Summer Residency, Ox-Bow, and New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. His work has been shown in venues such as Haifa Museum Of Art (Haifa), Y Gallery (New York), Watermill Center (New York), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Southern Exposure (San Francisco), SOMarts (San Francisco), Subterranean Arthouse (Berkeley), Ground For Sculpture (New Jersey), ZiZspace (Tel Aviv), Binyamin Gallery (Tel Aviv), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), OnSpace (Beijing), Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) among others. Arick holds an MFA in Sculpture from The San Francisco Art Institute, where he was awarded the outstanding award for excellence. He studied at The School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYC, while earning his BFA from Bezalel Academy, Israel, from which he graduated with honors. Arick is a visual artist working in a variety of art mediums. His practice combines photography, sculpture, installation, performance, and video. He employs historical archives and art history as raw materials and inspiration. Using these materials, he creates multidisciplinary installations that try to expose unsettled societal constructs.