Thursday 22.06 at 20:00

Print in Space

An exhibition by the students from a printing class of Bezalel Art Academy

Led by Abraham Kritzman


Rand Azachiman, Arava Asaf, Shlomi Benami, Yael Hovav, Leah Yefet, Meshi Cohen,
Elrie Carmon, Si Mat, Lilach Sabo, Tal Siboni,
Idan Sitbon, Noa Sitton, Noga Farchi


Print In Space was made for Barbur Gallery by students from Bezalel Academy as part of a Printmaking course titled: Abyss Through Heavens and the Reappearing Image, led by Abraham Kritzman.

The deep and ancient relationship between textual artworks and the visual ones has been dealt with extensively over the centuries. But still, it seems the human heart will always have need for more.

This starting point, linking the writer and the artist has been the underlying current of the course. Each time a short story had been chosen to become a bonfire for our tribe, to light up with the text a different unseen part of a practice or to dwell and enrich a known subject. The encounter with the literary text has been an opportunity for the subject to be lit in a new light and help to shift its angles.

Each lesson called upon two gatherings: one surrounding the subject with the text, and the other concentrating on a printmaking technique in the workshop. The printmaking workshop in Bezalel Fine Art department holds within itself the tension between learning and aligning with an ancient tradition — its histories on one hand, and the passion to invent and create something new, to be playful with the materials and processes.

The same tension leaks into every work in the exhibition, walking in the tradition and the proper way in which to use the printmaking techniques and trying out the evasive nature of innovation and one’s own private world. Here we can see the outcome of interactions with printmaking techniques such as screen printing, intaglio, wood and linocuts showing their varied influences.

The students worked with different aspects of printmaking and were asked to think of the relation printmaking could have to the space of the gallery and how it can interact with it. Our working process started with reading texts that have an allegorical relationship with the technical stages in different printmaking techniques, and in the case of the exhibition: William S. Burroughs,  The wild Boys.

The act of repetition in Burroughs’s writing creates a fluid image in transition that depicts a nonlinear reality. In the exhibition we ask how the relationship between the prints and space can be built, change, warp and adopt additional meanings through the multiplicity of the image and its variations in different modes of display. In short, we are curious to see what happens to prints in space……….

Written by Arava Asaf