Tomer Sapir was born in 1977 in Israel. In 2009 he received an MFA at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries in Israel and abroad, such as Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Haifa Museum of Art, and took part in many other international shows in Berlin, New York, Milan, Paris, Hamburg, Glasgow, Marseille and Copenhagen. Sapir lives and works in Tel Aviv.
In his “laboratory” Sapir focuses on a critical moment, examines the overlapping of biological and synthetic and tries to find the chemical formula for combining them. Through the mediums of sculpture, installation, drawing and collage he undermines common dichotomies by creating a world that exists between fiction and reality, joke and catastrophe.
“Research for the Full Crypto-Taxidermical Index”, the title of Sapir’s recent body of work
alone answers and poses a variety of questions concerning his art, leading into the complexity of the thoughts behind it: He is engaged in crypto-taxidermy, the creation of stuffed animals that do not really exist. For this obviously creative and open field he is looking for a full and therefore closed, the whole field covering index, as if there was a natural system to it. He calls what he does research, a rather passive activity, but is he collecting or is he creating his objects? Is he presenting prime examples of things that conform to a naturally ordered system or is he creating a new system of things, asking for new semantics? With the appearance of science he challenges art, creativity and intuition while at the same time undermining science and reason by seemingly intuitive creation.