Michelle Jezierski’s paintings and collages play with overlapping images, with light and its effect on perception. She devotes herself to questions of space — fractured, simultaneous and non-simultaneous space, and the landscape within a landscape. These landscapes are set against abstract saturations of light, which disturb the pictorial plane, creating the illusion of multiple spaces. Rejecting the structures of narration, the images are at once surreal and strangely evocative. Despite the fictional appearance of her imagery, she works from her own photographs, progressively abstracting from the original image to create the effect of dissolving reality.
Michelle Jezierski was born in Berlin, in 1981, to American parents, both classical musicians. She studied at the Universität der Künste (University of the Arts) in Berlin under sculptor Tony Cragg, one of the few painters to do so. Her work has been exhibited internationally, in touring exhibitions such as “I am a Berliner” (Croatia, Israel, Italy 2011 – 2012) and NO.TOWN – Beyond the Wall (Detroit, 2012)
Itamar Freed’s intensive photographs deal with the tension between enticement and rejection, between outer covering and essence, and between life and death. He reveals the dark forces concealed and bubbling up below the surface of reality, that threaten to explode its apparent tranquility.
In his hyper-realistic portrait photographs, he attempts to crack open the essence of the portrait, to peel off the layers and to create transparency, by placing emphasis on skin blemishes, scars and capillaries, which constitute for him an invitation to invasion and intimacy beyond those layers. He observes closer and closer until the portrait is no longer identifiable as such, until it fractures into abstract pieces.