from: 21.10.2019 to: 27.10.2019
Amir Chasson (UK/IL) is a participant of SomoS’ current group exhibition Un_Real Desires. His work deals with the challenge of representing sculpture in a two-dimensional format, believing that sculpture can best be understood and represented through poetry. Choosing wood-carving as his primary medium, Chasson’s tactile sculptures are purposefully lacking in any overt display of high-craftsmanship. The outcome is both intentionally simplistic and honest, with an emphasis on form and materials. His poems are typeset, printed and placed alongside his sculptures, to provide context to the work and as an act of sculpting language.
His featured work Carving, approaches the theme of the physical vs. the virtual and its relation to the erotic and touch. In this work the gap between the actual physicality of the object and its representation is closed, through incorporating a rotating 360 animation of the work projected alongside the physical sculpture. Because Chasson’s sculptures are very tactile and somewhat inviting to the touch, the viewers are welcome to touch, hug and caress them if they choose. In this way his sculptures can be sensual, not just by sight, but by touch, and through its earthy wooden scent. Describing his art as the sublimated by-product of desire, Chasson states “I believe I make art because, like everybody else, I am constantly seeking the excitation that comes from touching.”
Before his move to the UK in 2007, Amir was an active member of The Israeli Community of Designers. Over a period of ten years, he held key positions at some of Israel’s leading print publications, working as a designer and art director, as well as teaching Hebrew typography and Graphic Design at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Ramat Gan, Israel. Throughout his design practice, Amir led and took an active part in various LGBTQ+ and other human rights organisations in Israel. In 2010 he completed an MFA at Goldsmiths College, London, where his research centered on the role that the sublimation process plays in art practice.
Amir Chasson homepage
Images courtesy Kimyia Nik
Photos courtesy: Kimyia Nik