AUGUST 31 - OCTOBER 08, 2005

OHAD MEROMI: CYCLOPS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

OHAD MEROMI: CYCLOPS – INAUGURAL EXHIBITION

August 31 through October 8, 2005

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 6-8 pm

Jessie Washburne-Harris and Michael Lieberman are pleased to announce the opening of Harris Lieberman. The inaugural exhibition will be a multi-media installation by Israeli-born Ohad Meromi.

In the main gallery, Meromi will create a series of empty platforms, suggesting a performance that may have happened or has yet to happen. Meromi’s stage provides a space for dialogue, general exchange of ideas, improvisation and performance. As part of the exhibition Meromi will collaborate with Lior Navok, one of Israel’s leading contemporary classical composers. Within this environment, Meromi will also present Cyclops II, the second installment of his work which uses Euripides’ play as a point of departure for exploring myth, narrative, collaboration and the residues of Modernism.

Cyclops II takes us to a stage of Greek myth, in front of a cave, under Mount Etna, on the island of Sicily. An experiment with adaptation of text and nonlinear narrative, Meromi’s interpretation of the play is stripped down to its core elements. Odysseus, an outsider, encounters the Cyclops and his satyr slaves, a strange group of island dwellers. The conflicts of their meeting are played out in silent sci-fi-rock-opera style. The performance is a series of improvisations referencing acting etudes and open theater methods. Cyclops II develops from text, to costume and set design, to improvisation, yet it remains only a metaphor for theater, filmed in a green studio, with images of the actors superimposed onto miniature stages. Meromi fabricates all of his own sets and props in an intentionally rough-hewn style. The overall effect is a complete vision of invented reality.

Ohad Meromi was born on Kibbutz Muzra, Israel, in 1967. He has exhibited extensively in Israel, with solo exhibitions at the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Museums. In 1998 he was awarded the Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize. In 2004 he received his M.F.A. from Columbia University. This fall, his work will be featured in Uncertain States of America, curated by Hans Ulrich-Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo.

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