Site #4 - Maakha & Rehavam

2013, Bronze, Basalt, Bluestone, 65 in h. x 90 in. w. x 80 in. d., A/P, Ed. of 5. Boaz Vaadia, b. 1951, Gat Rimon, Israel, Israeli-American.

By staff November 4, 2013

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Vaadia draws power from the laws of physics: all of his layered figures are constructed using nothing but the balance instilled by gravity – no glue, no bolts – until the work is installed in its final resting place, as a safety measure. In this way, each sculpture captures a legitimate centering in space, and exudes something meditative. This energy exchange creates a viewing experience that is largely subjective: the figures convey something unique for every individual. He loves the open-endedness of the stone, and the way environment plays a role in its identity; he calls the exchange between human and stone a “catalyst that brings something out of the viewer.” A figure standing in his studio affects me in a way specific to the surroundings: I can delight in its relaxed proximate relation to other sculptures, in the way the space feels like it hosts a family gathered in a living room after a holiday meal.”

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