The Connection between Art and the Heart
Join Shulamit Gallery staff as we walk through the installations of artist David Abir. The artist, born in 1969, is an Iranian-American sculptor who, following the footsteps of his pediatrician father, took on his own role as a healer in combining art, music, space and medicine. He resides and works in New York and Los Angeles and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Harking back to his Jewish roots, Abir touches upon the immigrant narrative. His current project revolves around a fictional monument viewed through a historical and archeological context. The sculpture and installation is presented as ‘ruins’ in a continual state of excavation. Three sections, Intersect, Reflector, and Throne, were excised from the main structure, and reconstituted as individual freestanding sculptures. This reassessment of the artwork in its entirety relates back to Abir’s culturally significant metaphor of excavation and re-appropriation in display: the act of exhuming historical artifacts and de-contextualizing them within the white walls of an art space. Once excavated, they find their way to museum collections around the world. Through their journeys, the objects accrue stories of survival, hardship, celebration and revolution paralleling the Jewish story of the diaspora.
OrganizationCedars-Sinai Medical Center / Kalsman Institute
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