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Opening: Launch Sites in Los Angeles, Ezra Orion Revisited
November 19, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ezra Orion, at times considered Israel’s best forgotten artist, was an influential sculpture and teacher, who educated, mentored and inspired generations of artists. This exhibition will present, for the first time in decades, his exceptional work to American audiences.
Associated with the barren landscapes of southern Israel, he resided and worked in Sde Boker. In the desert, he established a studio and created remarkable sculptures, monuments and epic projects, navigating local, international, and, yes, intergalactic forces. Orion worked with the Israeli Space Agency Laser Observatory to launch a beam of energy to the plain of the Milky Way, joined forces with NASA to create a sculptural installation on Mars, initiated complex sculpture symposia in the desert, led expeditions to Katmandu, and erected powerful public sculpture throughout Israel.
Co-presented with the Israeli Center for Digital Art, the Platt and Borstein Galleries at AJU will become a temporary home for selected parts of Orion’s archive, including drawings and photographs that document past projects, plans, diagrams and correspondence. A VR station positioned in the space will take visitors on a tour of Orion’s sculptural installations in the desert.
At AJUs Brandeis-Bardin Campus (Simi Valley), LA-based artist Dan Levenson will create a site -specific project reflecting Orion’s practice and influence at House of the Book: a space inspired by mid-twentieth century Israeli architecture, which bears intriguing similarities to Orion’s visual style.
The opening will be marked with a symposium (11/19/2017), devoted to themes arising from Orion’s work: land art, abstract sculpture, etc.
The exhibition is supported by Artis