The Crystal Palace & The Temple of Doom

Curator: Hlia Cohen-Schneiderman 2.7.2015 - 24.10.2015

Tchelet Ram’s work Land Cover is a site-specific work that relates to the particular space in which it is created, and in that respect we might think of it as a work that follows a “parasitic” logic. It is a sculptural drawing with cement powder and water, inspired by images of squares and plazas in urban spaces. The drawing covers the surface, delineates a territory, and like the squares that inspired it—embodies the discrepancy between the square packed with intensive human activity for limited periods of time, and being a space that is usually abandoned and empty. In ancient Greece, the city square (“Agora”) was bustling with commercial, political, and communal public activity. In contrast, the modern square in Israel remains empty under the inescapable scorching sun. It serves mostly as a point of reference and passage, as a potential
for congregating.
At the same time, Ram’s drawing echoes the celestial hemisphere, the imaginary flat surface that determines the “unified distance” between celestial bodies and the earth. This space allows the creation of constellations by drawing lines from one star to another, and serves as the foundation for the affinity between astronomy and astrology—between science and spirit. The gaze that generates the work is one that moves from the earth to the sky and back, which perceives the ground as a murky mirror map that reflects the sky.