Shoshana Wayne Gallery presents Gil Yefman in his solo exhibition It Ain’t Necessarily Soft. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition runs from August 5, 2023 through September 15, 2023.
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The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of performances as well as walkthroughs hosted by the gallery. The events include a conversation between Gil Yefman and Norman Kleeblatt. Save the date (August 10, 2023) for the art talk with Kleeblatt, the former chief curator of the Jewish Museum (New York, NY), on August 10, 2023.
It Ain’t Necessarily Soft.
In his debut solo exhibition at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Yefman exhibits sculptural and two-dimensional installations created over the past decade. Yefman’s practice explores a unique artistic language defined by brightly colored knitted sculptures of grotesque, fluid, multi-organ beings. Thus the knitted work becomes an extension of the body, and felting becomes a memorialization of the experiences held within that body.
The words “text” and “texture,” emphasize the crossing and interweaving of personal, mythological, historical, and political narratives in his work. Identities dissolve and reappear in constant flux, from the particular to the universal. Yefman’s work consistently points to the continued existence of identities that have been ‘othered’ throughout history, therefore connecting echoes of the past to today’s political landscape.
Gil Yefman (b. 1979) lives and works in Tel Aviv. He earned his BFA at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel and was also
a recipient of a two-year fellowship from Alma College for Hebrew Culture Studies, Tel Aviv, Israel. Yefman was also the 2017 recipient of the Rappaport Prize for a young Israeli artist. He has also completed residencies at the ISCP, Brooklyn, NY; Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Japan; as well as the 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA. Recent solo exhibitions include the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2018) and Haifa Museum, Israel (2017-18).
On view: August 5, 2023 – September 15, 2023
What: Gil Yefman, It Ain’t Necessarily Soft.
Where: Shoshana Wayne Gallery, 5247 W. Adams Blvd., LA, 90016
When: Running through September 5, 2023
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