Meridian 34 March 13 – April 10, 2015 - Machon Hamayim Municipal Gallery in Givatayim Israel
Meridian 34, part of an ongoing exchange of art and culture between Texas and Israel. opens at Machon Hamayim Municipal Gallery.
In this collaborative project, co-curated by Doron Polak and Matt Anzak, a select group of Texas based artists exhibit in Tel Aviv as the second installment of this international creative dialogue. Meridian 34 strives to challenge the traditional conventions of Western art; and the concept of the exhibition is rooted in organic and intuitive invention. Playful in spirit, the intention of the exhibition is to branch out towards a sacred sphere of geometric abstraction and dynamic equilibrium. Like the gallery space itself, the “water institute,” the base artistic concept is fluid; and rather than utilizing traditional curating methods, Meridian 34 becomes a modular installation. In contrast to a standard gallery or salon style approach, the presentation of artwork relates as an ethereal conversation; though the work is still grounded in figurative representations, expressionism and pop culture.
Artists: Patricia Rodriguez, John Milton, Michael Broussard, Paul Pena, Trent Mann, Keith Puryear Judith Seay, Shafaq Ahmad, Etty Horowitz, Liz London, Duke Horn, Leanne Venier, Jamie Labar, Jim Lively, Kay Dalton and Matt Anzak.
In the previous selection sponsored by Alon USA, Israeli artists traveled to North Texas to collaborate with a team of Texas artists including Etty Horowitz, Jamie Labar and Matt Anzak, at a multi-venue exhibition, A Tree in a Field, which took place at LuminArte Gallery in the Dallas Design District, as well as in the new corporate headquarters of Alon USA and in the offices of the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce. The monumental sculptural installation, “the Alon Tree” later became part of the permanent art collection at the University of North Texas, where it is prominently displayed inside UNT’s Business Leadership Building.