Avi Sabah | Face Down | The Third Dream

Curator: Tali Ben-Nun
Oct. 2020 - June 26, 2021

An encounter with a mural from the early Roman Empire at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, was one of those consciousness-changing moments that will forever be etched in Avi Sabah’s memory and body. In a dark, narrow room, a mural extends from floor to ceiling. Its minimalist, finely drawn architectural motifs are interspersed with miniature realistic paintings that seem to be floating in the black, metallic surroundings. The black becomes a heavy, dense and boundless steel space that pulls down whatever is in it; at the same time, another, hidden, force is present, which seemingly nullifies that gravitational force and gives the painting a weightlessness, floating quality.

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