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Rhinoceros, 2004. Mixed media. 320 x 80 x 100. Courtesy of the artist and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

The artists featured in “Dreams and Dramas”. Guy Zagursky 0

Introducing the artists featured in the Israeli contemporary art exhibition Dreams and Dramas

From October 7 to November 5, Riga's forthcoming ZUZEUM Art Centre will be hosting the largest ever exhibition of Israeli contemporary art in the Baltics. Curated by Roy Brand, an Israeli philosopher, curator, and lecturer at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, it brings together works by fourteen distinguished Israeli artists: Porat Salomon, Dor Guez, Nir Hod, Guy Zagursky, Noa Eshkol, Avner Ben-Gal, Sagit Mezamer, Erez Israeli, Keren Yeala Golan, Marik Lechner, Daniel Kiczales, Eitan Ben-Moshe, Sigalit Landau, and Yehudit Sasportas.

The exhibition is created as a special project for Riga, initiated and sponsored by the Riga-born businessman and patron of the arts, Leon Zilber.

Today's focus is on Guy Zagursky.

Guy Zagursky is an Israeli sculptor whose eclectic and colorful installations draw from a broad range of languages and styles – from figurative to abstract imagery, from art history to pop culture. Zagursky earned his first degree from HaMidrasha School of Art and his MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

Among other venues, he has had solo exhibitions at the Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery in Tel-Aviv, Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, and Tache Levy Gallery in Brussels.

Untitled (totem with colors), 2017. Carved wood. 45 x 45 x 200. Courtesy of the artist and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

What are the main topics that you deal with in your art?

I think that my practice is mainly about playing. Sometimes you start playing with an idea of a form or a material, and all of a sudden it becomes a work that deals with a serious issue. But it never starts with a topic. So for me, in a way, making sculptures is kind of the same process as playing a bass guitar.

How do you see the role of an artist today?

I think an artist has the important role of creating a platform or a gap in life that people can jump into for a while, take a step back from their busy life, and just enjoy playing again.

What would be the perfect or ideal world for you?

A world that encourages people to live life to their full potential, instead of just making a living and existing on a functional level.

Pink column with yellow ball, 2016. Wood, metal, yellow and pink paint. 30 x 30 x 200. Courtesy of the artist and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv