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Zadok Ben-David: Blackfield

Dec 2, 2011 – Feb 10, 2012

artclub1563, Seoul


In Blackfield, Zadok Ben-David presents us with his own version of nature and life using only the necessary elements to convey his fascination for it. Ben-David’s delicate and subtle installation urges for peace and gives the viewer a persuasive and optimistic perspective on humanity and nature through the playful and magical. The viewer is met by humbleness from each hand painted flower.

Blackfield is composed of 17,000 flowers rising up from a bed of fine white sand. The imagery of the various plants derives from illustrated books of plants from the Victorian era. The two opposing sides of Blackfield represent the duality of life: the black side as silhouettes of wildflowers in an arid, sterile field, and the colorful side as the splendid blossoms of a vast vibrant field. The work provides the viewer with both pleasure and surprise at the same time as delivering profound messages about humanity and life.

Born in Beihan, Yemen in 1949, Zadok Ben-David immigrated to Israel the same year. He studied sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art, London, where he also taught in 1977-1982. In 1988, he was chosen as a representative artist of Israel for the Venice Biennale, and held a big solo exhibition at the Canton Art Museum, Guangzhou, China in 2007. Notable recognitions include the Grande Biennial Premio at the XIV Biennale International de Arte de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal in 2007, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Prize for Best Sculptor of 2005, among many others.