Domus

Household objects dome, diameter: 6 meters

ArtFocus, Jerusalem, Israel, October 1999

Curator: Varda Steinlauf

Materials: Miscellaneous household objects


The material world is expanding and stretching upon our environment until, overloaded, it collapses into a pile of gray noise, the components of which have long lost their identity.
From prairies of this planet's metropolitan jungle we drew the raw materials of our work, using them, as a bird does, while building her nest with twigs of local fields.
The shape of the dome is a natural choice for a self carrying structure and it gives highest volume to surface ratio, thus more space is enclosed with least material.
From afar, the spectator observes a hemisphere with a familiar contexture, though strange in context, like a waste starlet or an improvised spaceship of modern holocaust escapees.
Coming nearer, the spectator may read the stories told by the various objects, a democratic cacophony of new relationships between them, with a recognizable solo sound here and there, protruding from the seemingly homogenous composition.
The presented local pictures echo a familiar past, a testimony of prior existence, which once had an internal reason no longer relevant.
Outwardly, an impression of an entire material civilization falling into a seed of mass and its revolving planetary moons, its apparatus and symbols pressed into each other in the face of emptiness.
Inside, the dome resembles the sky scattered with objects, the sparkles of this civilization, which had exploded into space, covering the sky and leaving but emptiness within.
But behold, a cause for hope or perhaps a laugh of cynicism; there is still a faint breathe in some of those objects. A ventilator spinning and blowing the hair of broken doll, a half blind television set and coughing old radio, a whispering turning turntable; a few glimmering lamps still in duty that give the work an autonomous internal light; A tap dripping into a leaking bucket joins the soundtrack.
The work touches contrasts, which are indeed different aspects of one whole: the whole and its parts, the grave and the amusing, sacred and worldly, arbitrary and ordered, body and soul. Thus the secular culture, with its mythological heroes, the objects, will be reflected on the ceiling of their own mausoleum, the temple of matter. In previous works, such as "Treasure", at the Botanic Gardens in Jerusalem, 1998, we used objects and materials at hand, marked by time, toiled by man, created or sometimes involuntarily readmitted by nature. In "Pit" at the Janco Dada Museum in Ein Hod, 1998, and in "Here" at the Sculpture Biennale in Ein Hod, 1998, we made use of the organic local materials to create meditative spaces.
Here, once again, we tried to express a longing for continuity, in form and content, between the organic and the artificial realms. All the while, we are still looking for our own place in a new disorder.