Tal Amitai Lavi


Tel Aviv, Israel

July 1 - 30, 2018

Residency funded in part by Artis Grant Program.  Curated by Tami Katz-Freiman, 2017 Venice Biennial Israeli Pavilion curator.  With support from Israeli Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico.

Artist Statement

Amitai-Lavi's work is straddling on the boundary between two-dimensional and three-dimensional. It is characterized by love of craftsmanship, sensitivity to details and an exploration of unusual materials.

In her recent works Tal Amitai-Lavi shows images that mark out elusive spaces of emptiness and fullness. Through a variety of methods and different materials such as sewing thread, soda powder, suction cups, nylon strings etc., she creates worlds whose foundations are fragile and disintegrating. These worlds seemingly materialize from concrete images yet they create a disturbing mental atmosphere. Her unique work succeed to transcends the private case and addresses universal values with which any viewer may identify.

Tal Amitai-Lavi (born in Israel, 1969) is a multidisciplinary artist, engaging in painting, drawing, sculpting and installation work. She graduated cum laude from the Hamidrsha- Faculty of Arts, Beit Berl College in 1994, and got her B.A. (cum laude) from the Multidisciplinary Program of the Arts, Tel Aviv University in 2001. She has an MFA in Creative Arts from the University of Haifa.

Amitai-lavi had exhibited  solo shows among are "We are a Bound Family" (The Kibbutz Art Galery, Tel Aviv, 1996); "Aleph for Ohel [tent] / Bet for Bayit [house]" (Noga Gallery, Tel Aviv, 2001); "(temporary) Happiness" (Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004) ; "Light Construction"  (Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, 2014); Green on the Outside Red on the Inside (Basis Gallery, Herzliya, 2017). 

She had participated in various group exhibitions in major galleries and museums in Israel, among them The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Tel Aviv museum; Haifa Museum; Petah-Tikva museum; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. She has also shown her work in prominent venues abroad  in Germany, New York, London, Belgium etc. In 2016 she was selected to be a finalist in "Arte Laguna Prize", Arsenale, Venice and in September 2017 she participated in Nakanojo Binnale for contemporary art, Japan.

Artist Links

Artist website: www.talamitai-lavi.com

Gallery website: http://www.chelouchegallery.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs7nh9VITPw&feature=youtu.be About the exhibition "Green on the Outside, Red on the Inside" (2017)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm0WP4wN9_c About the exhibition "Light Construction" (2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA_YpCSt4Ag Tal Amitai Lavi- Studio Visit by Shachaf dekel (2015)