Nir Alon was born in Israel in 1964, where he studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Today he lives and works in Hamburg. He is represented by Galerie Sebastian Fath Contemporary in Mannheim and Chelouche Gallery in Tel Aviv.
Alon’s works center around a balance-like arrangement of objects, that gives the impression of steady and tense lability. The materials used by the artist are things of everyday use like furniture, baggages, lamps, wires and so on. The objects used by Alon have several properties: they are industrially crafted, cheap wares and they neglect every elaborate aesthetic relations or expectations. Furthermore, they are no longer used for their original purpose, they are by no means beautiful, sometimes broken, maybe left in the basement or event put on the streets as trash. As balance-objects in one of Alon’s works they might be put in relation to the difficult political situation in and around Israel, where permanent existential crisis dominate the everyday life of the people. At the same time we find more personal aspects in Alon’s works: He describes that as a child he was fascinated by the chairs in his parents house, carefully leaning against the table. These simple things tell us a lot: as pieces of art they are pending between historical settledness, recent aesthetic discourse, alarming vision and imaginary humor.