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Solo show: URI TZAIG (over)

3 June 2006 until 1 July 2006
Uri Tzaig, Death of the Gravedigger 2004, 10 minutes (video still)
  Galerie Erna Hécey

Galerie Erna Hécey
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Death of the Gravedigger 2004, 10 minutes
03 June - 01 July 2006
Tuesday to Saturday 2 - 7 pm

Opening Friday 02 June 6.30 - 9.30 pm


Broken Fibers 2006, 30 minutes
Thursday 22 June 2006, 6 pm

As part of our parallel exhibitions and events program, Erna Hecey Gallery is pleased to present the new video work by Uri Tzaig, Death of the Gravedigger.

Tel Aviv-based artist Uri Tzaig is known over the past ten years for a series of intriguing, poetic, and often comical videos dealing with subjects such as sports, spectatorship, nature, dance, language, and the divine. In these works the normal rules of the game are suspended or altered, the position of the spectator is thrown off balance, and unexpected patterns and arrangements—created, according to one of Tzaig's preferred methods, by geometrical manipulations of a given image (rotations, cutouts, etc.)—produce novel significations. Play (1996) and Two Balls (2002), two of Tzaig's most well-known video works, propose variations in the game of soccer, subverting its competitiveness by introducing two balls and two referees; Allah Akbar (2002), a poetic celebration of "the beauty of life", in the words of the artist, follows natural scenes and sundry figures through different transformational processes in a highly playful or even psychedelic manner (the rotating cymbal in the midst of the opening image is already a symbol of things to come…).

For the show at Erna Hecey, Death of the Gravedigger will be presented, a meditative quasi-pastoral survey of a changing landscape in which lies a dead bee-keeper next to a white box. The scene is revealed in successive 360 degree revolutions of the camera, the perspective on the body changing with each turn, as well as the color and quality of the vegetation, as if we were passing through the different seasons. The images are accompanied throughout by a lush musical score, reminiscent perhaps of some enchanted tale or far-off fantasy realm. Suddenly, from out of the swarm of flies hovering around the corpse, an animated mosquito zips to the foreground to greet the unsuspecting viewer. A requiem for the bee-keeper, the angel who fell and died, as well as for the (absent) gravedigger, the work suggests, in keeping with the panoramic view of Allah Akbar, the deep continuity of nature, but also hints at rupture—the body remains on the earth's surface, the burial ritual remains undone.

Broken Fibers 2006, 30 minutes

Special event Thursday 22 June 2006, 6 pm

In addition to Death of the Gravedigger, on June 22 at 6 pm the gallery will also be showing a video of two of Uri Tzaig's students at the media school Camera Obscura in Tel Aviv, Gil Gavish and Rotem Hasif's Broken Fibers, to be followed by a discussion with Tzaig. This video takes the viewer on a kind of mental journey through Tel Aviv, moving through different scenes or chapters separated by fadeouts, mixing images of fantasy and reality: multiple views on the sunrise; a little girl and her father feeding the pigeons; Biblical-looking red clouds against an azure sky; a spotted cat climbing down a tree; blurry scenes from city streets late at night, the movement of traffic in slow motion; a crawling bug; city buildings, windows, rippling water lit by the rays of the sun… Music plays an especially important role in Broken Fibers, involving both electronic and acoustic elements : one does not know whether it is the entrancing flow of images or the musical rhythms and soundscapes that are leading the piece.

© 2006 Erna Hécey. All rights reserved.

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