LandEscape Art Review // Special Issue - Page 212

LandE scape Ehud Schori CONTEMPORARY ART REVIEW picture and sent it to an exhibition "The Paradox of Water". For this special edition of LandEscape we have selected Daniel in the lions' den, an extremely interesting site specific art exhibition arranged in a geological garden in Ramat Hasharon and that our readers have already started to get to know in the introductory pages of this article: when walking our readers through the genesis of Daniel in the lions' den would you tell our readers how do you view the concepts of the real and the imagined playing out within your works? My artwork "Daniel in the Lions' Den" is an interesting example. It was installed in a Garden of Rocks in which the landscape architect arranged groups of rocks as monuments. One group reminded me of lions so I've drawn lion faces on the rocks and added Daniel to make up a story. (For me, lions without Daniel is not a story.) There is nothing real in the Rocks Garden. It is all an idea of an architect. My artwork was an interpretation of his work. It stood there for only a month, but people who have seen it still see these rocks as a family of lions. Daniel in the lions' den could be considered as an exploration of the insterstitial point between figurative and abstract in constructed space in the way you compare the bamboo human to the stone lions, establishing direct relations with the viewers: German multidisciplinary artist Thomas Demand once stated that "nowadays art can no longer rely so much on symbolic strategies and has to probe psychological, narrative elements within the medium instead". What is your opinion about it? Art of today and Society are not disconnected, even if there are some artists who feel so. Therefore Art relies on old social and psychological symbols, while we, the artists, produce new symbols to be tested by our society. Another interesting project of yours that has particularly impressed us and on which we would like to spend some words is entitled HOUSES BY THE SEA: we appreciated the way you have been capable of creating a point of convergence between a kind of imagery belonging to universal imagery and direct experience with concrete aesthetics you convey through a personal language. So we would take this occasion to ask you if in your opinion personal experience is an absolutely indespensable part of a creative process... Do you think that a creative process could be disconnected from direct experience? Everything you do is influenced by your personal experience, including Art.