04.05. – 27.06.2012
super bien! greenhouse for contemporary art | Berlin, Germany
opening: 04.05.2012 | 7 pm
Greenhouses are the original site of genetic engineering –the hybridization of flowers. Using ordinary plastic chairs as raw material, Uriel Miron grows a hybrid strain of plastic plant-bones in the super bien! greenhouse. Miron carves the chairs, cutting away material, until each chair is ‘unraveled’ into a unique, flexible, organic line which is then twisted and folded into a skeletal three-dimensional drawing.Testing the chair’s material and identity to its physical and iconic limits, Miron’s actions strike a delicate balance, between the artificial materiality and prosaic identity of the chairs on one hand, and the simultaneous evocation of both dead skeletal remains and pulsating plant-forms, on the other.
Uriel Miron, who lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel, searches for that elusive state in which an image’s identity becomes unstable, in which it wavers between different possible interpretations, between the familiar and the exotic, between the prosaic and the imaginary, between the figurative and the abstract. The hybrid skeletons and anatomies that populate his work – be they sculptures or paintings – originate in such ordinary objects and materials as plastic chairs, cardboard boxes, a pile of dog-eared paper, a memory of an old armchair or a pair of socks. Every piece he creates is both a formal dissection of the specific structure of the object and an imaginary reconstruction of a fictional relic, an invented memory, a brand new fossil.