Poetic images of wings in combination with technical flight machines were presented in the exhibition Shadows of Wings by Ayelet Carmi. Blue feathers seem to be laid next to fragile bones. Tones of colour, changing from gray to green, regorges similar to a water fall of several meters hight into the space. Silver shining geometric elements provide orientation and become points of attraction for the eye of the observer.
Carmi takes us to a world which is dedicated to the dream of flying. Feathers and wings play a crucial role in this, as they often serve as starting point for the paintings. In plastic arts wings are often employed elements, for example in the works of Marc Chagall, Motti Misrachi and Rebecca Horn. Carmi paints a pleading for human emancipation. Her figures take fate into their own hands, by constructing flight machines in order to let the dream of flying turn to reality. Strong and brave they combine gear wheels with linkages from wood and bone, not fearing to make use of their own body, binding themselves to the constructions. The paintings are a visual expression of a dream, which is supposed to be realized through technical possibilities. Wings carry fantasies, the work tools support the bearing capacity.
The dream of flying, and the impulse of humans to find ways to realize it, is drawn through all times. In the 16th century, reflections on a birds flight inspired Leonardo Da Vinci to make technical drawings, and led in the 19th century Louis Mouillard and Otto Lielienthal to
numerous self try outs. Jules Verne challenged borders of technical possibilities through fantasy travels; fantasies which are today to some part already reality. In this way nature serves as source of inspiration and the human mind as catalyst in the realization of an ages-old dream.
In the interplay of nature and technical, Carmi’s figures are torn between doubt and confidence, between resignation and hope. The longing for hight is combined with a fear of the hight. Flying augurs moments of freedom and adventure. At the same time the story of Ikarus enters the conscience. Ikarus, who with self- built wings came too close to the sun and fell from the sky. A moment of failure is always a possibility. In this way Carmi balances very skilfully on the thin line between poetic and technical, airiness and gravity, life and death.
The single elements of the images often seem delicate and breakable, but together the become a powerful unity. Only the combination of feathers, bones, bolts and slats allows wings of birds and flight machines to emerge. This is also reflected in the technique and presentation of the paintings. Carmi applies thin layers of paint on transparent plastic sheets. These are put layer on layer one above the other in that way creating new structures and visual unities.
Exhibition space: Liberale Jüdische Gemeinde Hannover
In cooperation with Gallery 39 in Tel Aviv.
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