About sunsets in foreign cities, art and shopping
Sunsets. It's best to experience them. It's not easy to talk about sunsets, let alone take a picture of them.
This week I got to see a lot of sunsets. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I got out of Tel-Aviv. Twice. I don't tend to get out of the city. I'm not proud of it, don’t get me wrong. I got used to it. The city, more precisely the center of the city, provides me with most of my needs. My friends, my favorite coffee shops, the DVD library, the theater, the cinema, the deli and even the lovely square and park with the little pool, everyone is in such a small radius, that the need to break out almost never awakes. And when it does, I find out that the friends I gather are so similar to me, that there's nothing to grab onto.
Yesterday I drove to Jerusalem with my friend Ilan, we both work way too hard and we were glad for the opportunity to get a day off. The destination was a lecture in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem by the artist Lisa Oppenheim, who came to the museum to accept the Shpielman award for excellence in photography and reliable sources told me I wouldn't want to miss it. On the way we stopped for lunch in "Hamotzie", good homemade food that is located near the market of Mahane Yehuda. After that we had coffee at a nice little place named "may 5th", located in the heart of the market right in front of the vegetables and fruits stand that was glorified by the sign that read "Shishit".
Lisa Oppenheim accepted the award and told about her work processes. You can say this was the kind of artist that would regain any doubters' trust. Art consumers run into so much art that qualifies from mediocre to lousy, lazy, pretentious and shallow, so running into a profound and interesting artist, that her work processes are fascinating and don’t overshadow to castrate the final image, it's a big joy, and most an inspiring event. Experiencing in different materials (including fabrics and lace) and in way where light goes through them in different situations, using light sources like the moonlight or the sunlight for exposing the printing paper, the bond that exists between the images she creates manually using classic techniques and that images created using modern digital tools, and a curious, investigative referring to moments or artists who stand out in the photography industry.
The lecture was wrapped by presenting a relatively old piece of work from 2006, "The sun is always setting somewhere else" which gave a glimpse into the start of her evolution process as an artist. No doubt over the past eight years the questions became more sophisticated and the pieces have become more complex and interesting, but there's something so captivating about this piece, with the sunsets. In this piece Oppenheim really takes use of the sunset photographs that were taken by soldiers who were posted in Iraq. Photographs which she found over the internet and repositioned them over the New-York sunset.
Talking about sunsets, I can't avoid mentioning the cool shirts of the ROCKVEROLL brand, of which the photographer Orit Panini is responsible for. She mostly takes pictures of fashion and music concerts and is now turning photographs into textile.
And here's a sunset that is all mine, not taken in Iraq, but rather from the building entrance where an Iraqi person lives, known as my dad. My dad moved right in front of the beach of Bat-Yam, a city close to Tel-Aviv, but also very far from it, at least that's how it was to me. Now it's close – turns out the geographical distance decrease wonderfully when a good reason lies there, and one I found most lovely, messy and happy, with low houses and wide streets that open into the sea. I love the window frame in the picture. It's a little crooked, it frames the flaunting sunset, turns it hesitant, and a little gabled.