Let Me Hold Your Breath


Let Me Hold Your Breath

Tal Gilboa and Elizabeth Stehl Kleberg
Curated by Zachary Lucero

Exhibition dates: November 2 – December 16, 2017
Opening Reception: November 2, 2017 | 6-8 pm

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York presents Let Me Hold Your Breath, an exhibition consisting of projected images and installation by artist duo Tal Gilboa and Elizabeth Stehl Kleberg, curated by Zachary Lucero.

Tal Gilboa and Elizabeth (Liz) Stehl Kleberg collage lens-based media and sculpt images digitally. The images are projected onto various objects such as magnifying lenses, plastics, and translucent materials that reflect, refract, and enhance light. The movement of the light is projected to the walls and floors of the space creating a chain reaction of abstracted visuals. The points of connectivity between the technology, objects, and images activate each other creating physical and digital structures that become magnetic. Working in collaboration the past few years Tal and Liz have developed a non-systematic way of creation and production, drawing on intuition and improvisation.

In Let Me Hold Your Breath, the presence of the video sculpture mimics the gaps in breath, the rhythm of pulse, and cyclical nature of the body. When immersed in the room with them, the visuals and audio loop parallel bodily patterns. The representation of the female body is particularly vital, as the projections stand in as the narratorial voice. The projected images, she, become fragmented through the optical play of reflections. Then again, they re­assemble into a visual being that is by now more than the individual and less than a community: a feminine and familial being which exists in the space between the two collaborators.  

About the Artists:

Tal Gilboa (from Jerusalem, Israel) and Elizabeth Stehl Kleberg (from Virginia, USA) are working together in Brooklyn, creating collages, videos and sculptures. It is a collaboration between two artists and collected footage; the artists meet each other as their materials do – through dialogue and improvisation. They received their MFAs from Pratt Institute in 2016. Their work has been included in solo and group shows in New York at SOHO20 Gallery (NY) The Boiler Room, Pierogi Gallery (NY), Mulherin New York, Taylor University (IN), and Wayfarers Gallery (NY). They recently completed a residency at Vermont Studio Center.

About the Curator:

Zachary Lucero (from Colorado, USA) is a Brooklyn based artist and writer.  They received an MFA from Pratt Institute in 2016. Their work has been exhibited and/or read at The Boiler Room, Pierogi Gallery (NY), Unnameable Books (NY), No. 4 Studio (NY), The Sunview Luncheonette (NY).

This exhibition is part of a series of guest-curated exhibitions at Baxter St at CCNY resulting from an open call for proposals, and is made possible in part by generous support from public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.