Home Fires 05: Oren Pinhassi

22 - 28 May 2020

 

In this Home Fires, Oren Pinhassi speaks about his recent work Stalls (2020). As with many of Pinhassi's works, Stalls collapses traditional notions of architecture, nature and the body, invoking both public and private space commonly associated with the social relations of the corporeal. 

  • The work is made from a pigmented plaster and sand composite, which Pinhassi uses to painstakingly build up his objects....
    The work is made from a pigmented plaster and sand composite, which Pinhassi uses to painstakingly build up his objects. Whilst the work exudes a familiar sense of place, recalling modernism in its uniformity and concrete appearance, the environment Pinhassi proposes is an altogether more fluid space - one in which rigid delineations no longer exist.
  • 'In Stalls, I was merging together objects that serve the architectural function of separating bodies; a room divider, a bathroom...

    "In Stalls, I was merging together objects that serve the architectural function of separating bodies; a room divider, a bathroom stall, partitions in a public shower. But the opacity of these dividers is replaced by transparent glass, perforated and penetrated by ambiguous body parts. The shape of the figure mirrors the arched tops of stalls, testifying to the ways that we are shaped by the things we create."

     

    -Oren Pinhassi

  • In the studio

  • Oren Pinhassi graduated from the Yale School of Art in 2014. Recent shows include Second Nature at Edel Assanti, London, 2018; This is Not a Prop at David Zwirner in New York, 2018 and Springs at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel, 2017. Pinhassi has attended residencies at Castello San Basilio, Basilicata and Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy, 2019; Outset Contemporary Art Fund’s Bialik Residency, 2017; the Shandanken Project at Storm King Sculpture Park, New York, 2016 and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Madison, Maine, 2014. Pinhassi has been awarded numerous prizes including a Pollock-Krasner grant, 2019; Fannie B. Pardee Prize, Yale School of Art, 2014; Art Slant Prize, 2014; Shlomo Witkin Prize, 2011 and the Excellence Program Scholarship, Israeli Ministry of Education, 2011. Pinhassi lives and works in New York City.

  • "Pinhassi subjects his materials to an alchemical process, during which soft becomes hard, liquid transforms into solid, the full turns empty, and the pleasant—unsettling."

    -Marie Shek, Curator of 'Springs', Petach Tikva Museum of Art