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Ariel Schlesinger


 AIT ARTIST TALK #46: " Using things the wrong way makes me feel better"

by Israeli Artist Ariel Schlesinger

Ariel Schlesinger is currently artist in resident with AIT in Tokyo,
supported by The Ishibashi Foundation. Born in Israel in 1980, Ariel lives
and works in Berlin.
Ariel makes works of exquisite detail and subtlety as sculptures and
installations. Ordinary objects or situations are altered by the addition of
an unexpected material or circumstance, creating small ruptures in the
fabric of our everyday reality. Alternating between the objects functions
such as in the bicycle work where the wheels of a bicycle are filled with
butane gas, which is slowly released as a flame from the wheel’s air intake.
Two pieces of white paper rotate against each other on a table without ever
collapsing in an eternal mechanical dance. Huge Oriental carpets are rolled
up and burnt over a fire for many hours, and then unfurled in the gallery as
an eerily mesmerizing ‘painting’ or process work. Ariel’s works suggest many
contexts and situations including the tensions of his native region, but
never dwell on this alone.
Ariel has shown in museums including De Appel Holland and The Museum of
Modern Art Warsaw as well as in several galleries in the U.S., Europe and

Ariel will introduce his works using slides. The talk will be in English
with consecutive translation into Japanese.

Ariel Schlesinger, born in Jerusalem, 1980 and lives and works in Berlin.
He has received awards from Künstlerhäuser Worpswede, Germany 2009, Cité
Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2007 and America Israel Cultural Foundation,
New York 2003-4, amongst others.

Selected solo exhibitions
2010: Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin(Germany)
2009: Dvir GALLERY, Tel-Aviv(Israel)
2008: Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin(Germany), “Togetherness” (with Jonathan Monk),
 Dvir GALLERY, Tel-Aviv(Israel)
Selected Group exhibitions
2010: “Christmas in July”, Gallery Yvon Lambert, New York(U.S.), “I'm Not Here.
An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs”, De Appel Art Center, Amsterdam(Holland)
2009: “Magic Show”, Hayward Gallery, London(U.K.), touring exhibition, various venues
across U.K.,
Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw(Poland)
2008: “Can art do more?”, 5th Jerusalem Biennial and “Signs of Life”, Israel Museum,

・Galerija Gregor Podnar(Berlin) 
・Dvir GALLERY(Israel) 

Date and Time: SAT, July 17 2010, 14:00 - 16:00
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]/ Supported by: Ishibashi Foundation
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama