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13 Jul 2017

Gal Weinstein: Sun Stand Still

Biennale di Venezia, Pavilion of the State of Israel, Giardini

Reviewed by Rob Mackenzie

The sun and time may have halted so Joshua's army could fight in daylight, but the miniature kibbutz that Gal Weinstein has spewed with coffee dregs evolves day by day. Not just his carpet "farms," but the walls and floors of the Israeli open-air pavilion, touched with java-soaked steel wool, sprout with molds day by day from the myriad spores wafting through humid Venetian air.

Weinstein's second-floor ballistic missile, its fuselage and exhaust fashioned from synthetic fiber, updates Joshua's battle story to be sure, but seems a space-filler by contrast.

The miracle of this installation is Weinstein's transformation of slimy fungi into representational art: a sun-shimmering Jezreel Valley landscape, surrounded by subtle wall patterns that evoke faded Byzantine frescoes in the crumbling palazzi of this ancient city.

To realize on closer inspection that the timeless geographies and patterned walls are growing and decaying as we watch is unnerving.

Exhibition Gal Weinstein: Sun Stand Still
Start date 13 May 2017
End date 26 Nov 2017
Presenter Biennale di Venezia link
Venue Pavilion of the State of Israel, Giardini, Venice, ITA map
Image Gal Weinstein, Jesreel Valley, 2017, installation with wall-to-wall carpet and coffee dregs, about 10 x 15 meters, 57th International Art Exhibition, curated by Tami Katz-Freiman

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