LandEscape Art Review // Special Issue - Page 150

Land scape Ehud Schori CONTEMPORARY ART REVIEW viewers, who are urged to evolve from a condition of mere spectatorship. So before leaving this conversation we would like to pose a question about the nature of the relationship of your art with your audience. Do you consider the issue of audience reception as being a crucial component of your decision-making process, in terms of what type of language is used in a particular context? I think of my work as having a symbiotic relationship to context. All of my work has a physical dimensionality, which creates movement of one sort or another, usually through the changing shadows that are reactive to the light conditions of a space. Some of the relief pieces have shockingly bright edges that are meant as surprising glimpses unseen from a frontal vantage and viewed as one is walking by the wallmounted work. The installations are more parasitic in nature and co-opt the architectural spaces as they are directly nailed to the walls and bend corners at times, as well as the reactive nature to atmospheric light conditions of the space. The floating installations are perhaps the most interactive as they are placed in natural conditions to be discovered by viewers along paths and the compositions are in constant flux reacting the natural surroundings and varying currents in the water. I think mimicry, surprise, discomfort, and the attraction of beauty are part of my language. A very interesting contextual example was a recent show of my installations in Brooklyn, NY, in a space very close to the river in Red Hook, and where inside on a column there was a high waterline mark (well over my head) that showed the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. I believe my installation took on a different significance for viewers in that context whereas the horror and fascination of amassed natural phenomena, or the notion of cycle and recovery, was particularly poignant. Thanks a lot for your time and for sharing your thoughts, Carol. Finally, would you like to tell us readers something about your future projects? How do you see your work evolving? I plan to continue the multiple paths through my varied series. However, I am ambitious in further developing the Viral Theories installations by challenging myself to work in more varied contexts and at larger scales. This type of work tends to demand less commercial venue so I am developing opportunities to further my investigation at residencies and nonprofit museums. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my work with you and relish the chance to have taken part in a magazine dedicated to themes close to me. An interview by Katherine Williams, curator and Josh Ryder, curator landescape@europe.com