Know From Where You Came and Where You Are Going:
The Work of Aithan Shapira
On View January 6-March 2, 2016
Israeli-American international artist Aithan Shapira’s life has always encompassed multiple viewpoints that translate into his paintings, prints, and concrete works. In his first New York exhibit, Shapira asks: what does hope look like today? And he answers by inverting a universal symbol of hope: a life preserver cast in concrete. For Shapira hope anchors current political, economic, and environmental campaigns; hope is simultaneously the aspiration to end wars and the catalyst to begin them—a measure of human life. Presented alongside these cement sculptures will be a suite of paintings that further meditate on hope with themes of migration, and made of paint Shapira made himself by mixing soil from the Judean Desert, olive tree ash, and oil.