Shay Arick

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Shay Arick
2017 Annual Juried Competition 
Honorable Mention

My practice combines photography, sculpture, installation, performance, and video. I explore issues of violence, social taboos, political conflicts and human behaviors by deconstructing iconic cultural imagery as a form of critique and analysis. Elaborating on my curiosity and speculation around documented past, I create mixed media installations, which interrogate human conditions. I employ historical archives and art history as raw materials to provoke a dialogue around body and gender politics, desire, and power dynamics. My work exposes the absurdity of the societal constructs via sculpted objects, photography, and video positioned in spatial and multidisciplinary environments. Through my work and research, I attempt to comprehend the origins of human violence, by taking on the roles of victims and executioners as well as tormenters and tyrants. I hope to awaken the imagination of the spectators while offering a space for self-reflection and contemplation.

Shay Arick is an Israeli – born visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Arick holds an MFA in Sculpture from The San Francisco Art Institute, where he was awarded the outstanding award for excellence. He studied at The School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYC, while earning his BFA from Bezalel Academy, Israel, from which he graduated with honors. Arick is a recipient of Murphy Cadogan Contemporary Arts Award, the Eileen Cooper Award For Creativity and the America-Israel Award For Excellence In Sculpture among others. He has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including The International Sculpture Center, Wassaic Project, MASS MoCA, BRIC, Kadist Art Foundation, The Watermill Center Summer Residency, Ox-Bow and New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. His work has been shown in venues such as Y Gallery (New York), Watermill Center (New York), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Southern Exposure (San Francisco), SOMarts (San Francisco), Subterranean Arthouse (Berkeley), Ground For Sculpture (New Jersey), ZiZspace (Tel Aviv), Binyamin Gallery (Tel Aviv), Contemporary Art Center (New Orleans), OnSpace (Beijing), Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) among others.

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