RIBOT presents Nature Calls curated by Domenico de Chirico, the first solo show in Italy by the artist Oren Pinhassi (Tel Aviv, 1985; he lives and works in New York). It consists of a selection of sculptures and installations exclusively made for this occasion during his stay in Milan.

Curated by Domenico de Chirico
29 November 2017 – 10 February 2018
RIBOT , Milan

Oren Pinhassi’s art borrows the language and logic of architecture or, more generally, of building, in order to create complex installations that welcome the viewers into a dimension that is suspended in time, one that in the same way can reflect and question the commonest ideologies and habits.

The presence in the gallery’s rooms of sculptures with apparently familiar forms, encourages the public to establish an investigative relationship with the objects and the world that surrounds it, one where, however, predictable and natural associations are soon disappointed.

Pinhassi submits the materials that he uses to a kind of alchemical process that impedes any precise determination of their identity. And so it comes about that what is soft, once strewn with layers of plaster, becomes hard, what is solid becomes liquid, and what is reassuring becomes disturbing. Such ordinary objects as sponges, towels, mirrors, and urinals, all of which have a close relationship to the body and its care, lose their useful value and are dipped into a space determined by glass walls, above which the artist applies, with an almost painterly gesture, a veil of Vaseline. The structures become semi-opaque and generate an ambiguous relationship between inside and outside, between public and private dimensions, impeding us from understanding clearly where we are: a bathroom, a house, a shelter.

For Nature Calls, Oren Pinhassi has made a special project that reflects all the peculiarities of his language: eight sculptures that, through a wall-mirror following the lines of the exhibition layout, delude the viewers into thinking they can reflect their own image. In this case too, the artist’s choice has fallen on an everyday object, an archetype transformed into a transcendent sculptural form.

Oren Pinhassi (Tel Aviv, 1985; he lives and works in New York). He studied at the Yale School of Art in 2014, and at the Hamidrasha Beit-Berl college in 2011. Solo shows and exhibitions including his work have been held in prestigious public and private galleries, including the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach-Tikva, Israele, 2017; the Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, 2017; New Capital Projects, Chicago, 2016; 55 Gansevoort, New York, 2015; 83 Pitt Street, New York, 2015; Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv, 2012. He has also taken part in various residencies: the Shandanken Project at Storm King Sculpture Park, New York, 2016, and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, 2014. He has, furthermore, been awarded the following prizes: Fannie B. Pardee Prize, Yale School of Art, 2014; The Art Slant Prize, 2014; Shlomo Witkin Prize, 2011 and the Excellence Program Scholarship, Israeli Ministry of Education, 2011.