Oren Pinhassi

After Pleasure, installation view, Edel Assanti, London, UK, 2024.


Oren Pinhassi's installations examine the relationship between the human figure, nature and the built environment by conjuring evocative and erotic sites that intersect public and private exchange. His sculptures are frequently a combination of the superfluous and the ergonomic, erring towards the utopian. They mimic familiar objects, seeking to render visible the way that humankind builds the world in its own image. Pinhassi's primary materials are plaster and sand, used for their porosity to propose fluid environments where rigid categories collapse. In this way, much of Pinhassi's work is concerned with human vulnerability and the materialisation of queer spaces, considering obstructions that prevent social interaction as well as environments that facilitate transformation and transgression. 

Oren Pinhassi (b. 1985) received an MFA from Yale in 2014 and B.Ed.F.A. in 2011 from Beit-Berl College, Hamidrasha School of Art.  Selected solo exhibitions include After Pleasure, Edel Assanti, London, UK (2024); False Alarm, Mostyn, Wales (2023); Should We Stay or Should We Go, RIBOT, Milan, Italy (2022); Thirst Trap, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, USA (2021); Lone and Level, Helena Anrather, New York, USA (2021); The Crowd, Edel Assanti, London, UK (2020); Oren Pinhassi, Castello di San Basilio, Basilicata, Italy (2019); Springs, Petach-Tikva Museum of Art, Israel (2017). Recent group exhibitions include This is a Rehearsal, The Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago, USA (2023); Moveables, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA (2023); SSSSSSSSSCULPTURESQUE, Kiang Malingue, Hong Kong (2022); Guilty Curtain, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (2021); O Sole Mio, Parasol Unit, London, UK (2020); For Mario, Tina Kim Gallery, New York, USA (2019) and This Is Not a Prop, David Zwirner, New York, USA (2018). Pinhassi's work is in the collections of Castello San Basilio, Basilicata, Italy; GAMeC Museum of Modern Art, Bergamo, Italy; KADIST, Paris, France; Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy; Petah Tikva Museum of Art, Petah Tikva, Israel. Oren Pinhassi lives and works in New York.
In this film Oren Pinhassi leads a walkthrough of his solo exhibition 'After Pleasure' at Edel Assanti.
Watch Oren Pinhassi and Rachel Thomas, Chief Curator at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, discuss Pinhassi's solo show 'After Pleasure'.

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