Journal

14-15 NOVEMBER 2021 After almost a 2 year hiatus, back at ICFF.   — And.. I FEEL GOOD (DA-NA-NA-NA-NAA)! 🎶

14-15 NOVEMBER 2021 ICFF 2021.

14-15 NOVEMBER 2021 

14-15 NOVEMBER 2021 

10 NOVEMBER 2021 In the midst.

10 NOVEMBER 2021 (Very little to add...)

10 NOVEMBER 2021 Work in progress

06 NOVEMBER 2021 Jasper Johns  at The Whitney — Enchanting, inspiring, and quite frankly, unexpected...

30 OCTOBER 2021 Coming soon outside theaters near you

Stay warm.

The business of cryopreservation, freezing n' storing bodies at deep freeze until well into the future, with the speculative hope that resurrection may be possible, keeps the scientific community busy (and according to The New York Times, got a lot more complicated during the pandemic). 

 

One wonders, why to go through all the trouble, winter is just around the corner.

 

Be well.

25 OCTOBER 2021 Monday. hashtag work-in-progress.

10 OCTOBER 2021 Photo shooting for Laura - DELICIOUS MEMORIES (2021, collaborator: Kristine Diekman) at Essex Market... to be continued.

02 OCTOBER 2021 Well, hello MoMA! And, welcome back (artist) membership…

30-31 SEPTEMBER 2021 1/4 - Women at work. Photo shooting for Laura Nova her exhibition (In collaboration with Karina_Skvirsky) at The Clemente

06 NOVEMBER 2021 More of Jasper Johns...

28 OCTOBER 2021 Experimenting.

25 OCTOBER 2021 (Still) Monday. 

02 OCTOBER 2021 Saturday morning with Artist’s Choice: Yto Barrada—A Raft.

- Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt)
Venezuelan, born Germany. 1912-1994
Stainless steel and copper 

30-31 SEPTEMBER 2021 2/4 - Women at work. Photo shooting for Laura Nova her exhibition (In collaboration with Karina_Skvirsky) at The Clemente

30-31 SEPTEMBER 2021 3/4 - Women at work. Photo shooting for Laura Nova her exhibition (In collaboration with Karina_Skvirsky) at The Clemente

30-31 SEPTEMBER 2021 4/4 - Women at work. Photo shooting for Laura Nova her exhibition (In collaboration with Karina_Skvirsky) at The Clemente

26 SEPTEMBER 2021 My favorite work by far at the Affordable Art Fair.
 

Mauricio Morillas, “PATH”, mixed media with acrylic, sculpted board, metal wire and resin on wood panel, 34 x 12 inches

26 SEPTEMBER 2021 Re the Affordable Art Fair. A bit troubled by its name… reducing the significance of the artwork to its cost (similar to ‘small work’ exhibitions). With that said, there was a lot of visual noise to cut through in order to come across a few treasures. I guess, this is par for the course.

22 SEPTEMBER 2021 Continued.

22 SEPTEMBER 2021 First day of autumn. I’m gonna squeeze any possible minute from my outdoor studio space before first day of winter…

11 SEPTEMBER 2021 Art on Paper, NYC art week(end) is back after a long (COVID) intermission.

11 SEPTEMBER 2021 my favorite work in the fair, by far…  

Artists; Susanna Carlisle + Bruce Hamilton

Spinnaker, 2020

Archival paper, birch and string in maple frame with Optium, museum acrylic 

17 x 19.5 x 3 inches (43.2 x49.5 x 7.6 cm)

06 SEPTEMBER 2021 A Pattern Has to Be Made First #03, Nuance, Oil and ink on 120 mm color photograph, Archival pigment print on FineArt cotton paper, 17.25 x 17.25 inches (43.8 x 43.8 cm), In collaboration with Artist Les St. Leon.

01 SEPTEMBER 2021 Nuance, work in progress. 

28 AUGUST 2021 Nuance.

06 SEPTEMBER 2021 L'Shanah Tovah (For a Good Year)

 

PS - There's also a study about the neural mechanisms of illusory truth... for another time.

28 AUGUST 2021 Nuance, work in progress. 

21 AUGUST 2021 There are a lot of firsts nowadays... Saturday night at Film Forum for the screening of THE MACALUSO SISTERS (Written n' Dir by Emma Dante, 2020, Italy). Poetry...

13 AUGUST 2021 First visit to the movies since COVID hit town… for the screening of the German documentary The Meaning of Hitler at the JCC rooftop. Followed by an in-person Q+A with filmmakers, Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker.

08 AUGUST 2021 Two of her works that I really like. Though, I have an ambivalent relationship with retrospectives… 

16 JULY 2021 TGIF. 

08 AUGUST 2021 Julie Mehretu's retrospective exhibition at The Whitney.

17 JULY 2021 (Every once awhile you need it...) Repost -- ...Em 2013 a SE7E foi selecionada pelo prêmio ICFF Studio Award, uma plataforma dedicada à jovens designers em Nova Iorque, EUA. 

Designer: RAHYJA AFRANGE | ARQUITETURA + DESIGN

09 JULY 2021 Friday

04 JULY 2021 A heartfelt goodbye...  🖤💚💛💜🤍💙🧡🤎❤️ Will miss his hearts. #Inspiration #nycdigs #colorfulstreets

01 JULY 2021 Huguette Caland: Tête-à-Tête at The drawing Center, downtown Manhattan, through Sept 19. 

28 JUNE 2021 My little corner of the world.... spot-on captured by Les.

24 JUNE 2021 Work in progress - 02 

#structure #naturallight #nyc #studiotime

23 JUNE 2021 Solo time in the studio. Working on struc·ture | ˈstrək(t)SHər

16 JULY 2021   Priceless real estate - studio extension.

09 JULY 2021 #studio.

04 JULY 2021 Hearts.

01 JULY 2021 Caland: “I chose to work in a very tedious way and the more time I spend on a piece the better it is. It keeps the mind free and the hands busy. At my age you don’t want anything more than that.”

(Sometimes so true...)

24 JUNE 2021 Work in progress - 01 

#structure #naturallight #nyc #studiotime

24 JUNE 2021 Work in progress - 03 

#structure #naturallight #nyc #studiotime

16 JUNE 2021 In the studio.... am trying to figure it out.

25 MAY 2021 Work in progress...

25 MAY 2021 Work in progress. Mixed media. 

26 APRIL 2021 Happy (I mean HAPPY!) Spring-summer-fall-anytihng-but-winter-!!! (Hello sanity, sayonara winter!)

03 APRIL 2021 My new studio. The 1/2 A Room of One's Own version...

29 APRIL 2021 Goya exhibition at the Met. After a year of madness, who’s better to see in celebration of human lunacy...

13 APRIL 2021 Honey, I'm home...

19 FEBRUARY 2021 In the studio...

13 FEBRUARY 2021 Grey. Nuance, work in progress.

13 JANUARY 2021 Found objects.

02 JANUARY 2021 struc·ture | ˈstrək(t)SHər | - Ongoing

01 JANUARY 2021 Adieu 2020, hello 2021!

(New Year's Eve with my imaginary friends...)

Needless to say, it's been a strange year... Here's to a new one, with the hope of getting over this pretty substantial hiccup...

Wishing us all better days ahead, the kind of days we can complain about les petites misères de la vie humaine... you know, like the climate crisis, clean energy, and the new Tarantino.

 

 Healthy New Year 

22 DECEMBER 2020 struc·ture | ˈstrək(t)SHər |

18 NOVEMBER 2020 Nuance

12 OCTOBER 2020 Spending the winter, secluded, working in the studio — our own interpretation of vitamin C.

05 FEBRUARY 2021 Working on struc·ture | ˈstrək(t)SHər |, inspired by the sounds of Ornette Coleman, playing in Morocco alongside the Master Musicians of Jajouka. 

"This means the rhythm, harmonies and tempos are all equal in relationship and independent melodies at the same time."

Ornette Coleman, March 15, 1977

10 JANUARY 2021 Into the Clouds: New Media Art 2021 was released. Waiting for my hard copy to arrive!! Featured, among some really great artists, our work 'My Playground of Others' Memories'.

Produced by CICA Press, Gimpo, Korea

ISBN 979-11-88671-15-1 03600 (paperback)

ISBN 979-11-88671-16-8 05600 (ebook)

Paperbook, E-Book

248 Pages

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF / ART DIRECTOR 

Leejin Kim

© 2020 CICA Press, Gimpo, Korea

01 JANUARY 2021 Les. Nuance (work in progress) - Warping.

27 DECEMBER 2020 Drying em up (back in the darkroom).

03 DECEMBER 2020 struc·ture | ˈstrək(t)SHər |

17 NOVEMBER 2020 struc·ture | ˈstrək(t)SHər |

18 SEPTEMBER 2020 ROSH HASHANA 

 

And may all your days be circus days!

 

to quote the ring leader from my days traveling with the circus in Australia. 

I think I finally understand what he’s talking about.

L'Chaim, for a more make sense year!

19 SEPTEMBER 2020 Thought provoking. 

10 SEPTEMBER 2020 The International Symposium for Visual Culture goes online!! September 19th, 2020 via Zoom and Facebook Live. 

Featuring: Sigal Ben-David & Les St. Leon, William A. Brown, Min young Kang, Eliseo Ortiz, Agatha Park, Jennifer Sova & Jeanne Donegan.

 

 Organized by CICA MUSEUM

13 AUGUST 2020 an anticipated surprise, if that can be a thing... catalogue (x2) from exhibition (x2) in Italy (Rome) arrived ✈️🇮🇹📦

03 AUGUST 2020 Summer of 2020, New York City

Embracing the outdoors! (Big Italy, little Italy... it's all the same.)

Enjoy the rest of the summer... 

In fact, if we ignore the critter, the face masks, the social distancing, the closed museums n' theaters, the ban on traveling, and the freakish frequent use of hand sanitizer... it's actually a pretty lovely summer!

13 AUGUST 2020 CATALOGUE | The Essential Exhibition | LoosenArt + MILLEPIANI Art Space | Rome, Italy

27 JULY 2020 I had the opportunity to photoshoot The Oculus downtown Manhattan, back in March just before the lockdown began. If anything, post editing while in lockdown helped keeping me semi-sane throughout these crazy times

26 MAY 2020 Just received photos from the exhibition at CICA MUSEUM (Seoul, South Korea).

18 JUNE 2020 I can't breathe...

26 MAY 2020 Another take - photos from the exhibition.

19 APRIL 2020 Studies.

09 APRIL 2020 PS - Don't forget the daily exercise... 

 

This was my greeting to you back in January: 

Salut for 2020, May this year be a darn good looking year!

  

Now, fast forward, April 2020...  Forget about looking good.  

 

L'Chaim! (Literally translated to To Life)

🖤

 

Hmm... apparently, working out sharpens your memory. Well, forget about the daily exercise

10 MARCH 2020 Bummer... ISVC postponed until September 2020 due to COVID-19. Let's hunker down, and hope for the best.

17 FEBRUARY 2020 Here’s the info for the INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM FOR VISUAL CULTURE... hot out of the oven! 

17 DECEMBER 2019 Caustic Frolic journal, Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement @ New York University, Volume IV, Fall 2019 issue - I Am an Alien, 2017, Archival pigment print on FineArt cotton paper, 72x24in.

09 DECEMBER 2019 Proofs.

19 NOVEMBER 2019 Voilà!

15 NOVEMBER 2019 Nuance, ongoing.

15 AUGUST 2019 Drying wool on the fire escape… L-I-G-H-T☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

19 APRIL 2020 Sunday afternoon in our petit studio.

13 MARCH 2020 Now that they're closing down the city, picnic-with-friends on the Hudson provided a perfect dose of sanity! If we’re doomed anyway, might as well go out in style… with great conversations, a glass of rosé, a wholesome bread n’ craft hummus. It feels a bit eerie… though, New York City in the spring without the tourists is kinda... hmm... well... nice. 🥖🍓🥂

31 DECEMBER 2019 From our HQ's... 

Salut for 2020, may this year be a darn good looking year!

12 DECEMBER 2019 Printing 'Nuance' at Rea's print house, TLV.

19 NOVEMBER 2019 Photoshooting

19 NOVEMBER 2019 Photoshooting.

15 NOVEMBER 2019 C-O-L-O-R-S-!

27 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

L'shanah tovah!  [leʃaˈna toˈva]  !לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה 

According to Scientific American journal, sarcasm spurs creative thinking, and stimulates new ideas. Well... in that case - L'chaim, for a bright and glorious future!

 

"The future influences the present just as much as the past." – Friedrich Nietzsche

15 AUGUST 2019 

15 AUGUST 2019 

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04 JUNE - 19 JUNE 2019 Morocco | məˈrɒkoʊ | المغرب‎

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15 JULY 2019 Experimenting with dyeing wool - Stains.

30 MAY 2019 Love working on the roof in the early morning hours, the air is so crisp...

06 MAY 2019 An extension of the studio...

16 MARCH 2019 Repetition.

05 MARCH 2019 You can now follow me via Insta @sigal_bd     

27 JANUARY 2019 Photoshooting.

25 JANUARY 2019 In the studio, working on 'Nuance'

03 JUNE 2019 Two minutes to summer... 

 

Also, all sorts of new stuff on my site (since we last spoke.)

So, grab a lemonade, park it in the shade, and check it out!

 

Have a wonderful summer! And the living is easy...

(Miyazaki Chair Factory)

25 APRIL 2019 Praise the roof! #NYC #studio #mulberrystreet

15 MARCH 2019 Pattern. 

27 JANUARY 2019 Photoshooting.

27 JANUARY 2019 Photoshooting.

27 DECEMBER 2018 COMING SOON! 

"Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! 

I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"

 

(The Treasure of The Sierra Madre / Dir: John Huston) 

 

Have a wicked new year! 

27 OCTOBER 2018 Nuance [work in progress]

20 OCTOBER 2018 OPENING RECEPTION - Seen and Unseen exhibition!

18 OCTOBER 2018 Installation day of Seen and Unseen at Collective Gallery. 

18 OCTOBER 2018 Collective Gallery, Woodstock, NY - Seen and Unseen exhibition. 

07 OCTOBER 2018 OPENING RECEPTION - Through Compassionate Eyes exhibition at The Charter Oak Cultural Center Gallery, Hartford, CT.

04 SEPTEMBER 2018 Inspiring - An exhibition of.Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporai, through 09 Sept.

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04 JULY 2018 Happy summer! 

 

3-ingredient Piña Colada recipe

 

Ingredients:

- 3 cups frozen pineapple chunks

- 1/3 cup white rum

- 2/3 cup coconut milk

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients together in a blender, and puree until smooth.  

Serve immediately, topped with cherries n' paper umbrella.

 

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While sipping (before you get too cockeyed), have a look at my recent work(s) on the design page.

30 MARCH 2018 EXCITING THINGS! (relatively speaking) 

 

The project My Plaground of Others' Memories has been printed.

And now cooking up some exhibitions - Will keep you posted!

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 Printing em large, the series My Playground of Others' Memories @ Rea Print House in TLV.

20 OCTOBER 2018 OPENING RECEPTION - Seen and Unseen exhibition at Collective Gallery, Woodstock, NY.

20 OCTOBER 2018 OPENING RECEPTION - Seen and Unseen exhibition!

18 OCTOBER 2018 Jicky (owner n' curator) on installation day.

18 OCTOBER 2018 Les on installation day... (looking a little bit raggedy). 

05 OCTOBER 2018 Opening today, 6pm. MEMORIES: FROM THE EXPERIENCE TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PAST, a group exhibition at Millepiani Art Space in Rome, Italy. 

01 OCTOBER 2018 EXHIBITIONS! 

 

Greetings n' Happy Autumn! I'm in the following exhibitions, which you may want to jot down in your diary (though perhaps not the one in which you confess masses of mushiness) –

THROUGH COMPASSIONATE EYES  –  A group exhibition presented by the Jewish Art Salon at The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, CT. 

Opening reception: Sunday, October 7th, 2018, 1:30-4:30 PM. Panel discussion on the intersection of animal rights and Jewish texts 3-4 PM. 

On display through November 2nd, 2018.

 

Transatlantically – Rome, Italy – My work ‘Gathering' (a collaboration with Artist Les St Leon) will be on show in a group exhibition entitled MEMORIES: FROM THE EXPERIENCE TO THE CONSTRUCTION of THE PAST, curated by LOOSENART magazine, hosted by MILLEPIANI.

Opening reception: Friday, October 5th, 2018, 6 PM. 

 

On display through November 1st, 2018.

Back in New York - Delighted to participate in a group exhibition entitled SEEN AND UNSEEN at Collective gallery in Woodstock, NY. This will be the first weighty appearance of the project “My Playground Of Others’ Memories” (a collaboration with Artist Les St Leon).

Opening reception: Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 5-8 PM.

On display through November 26th, 2018.

 

And, as you pile up on the frequent flyer miles, another exhibition coming up across the pond... (Something to do with my work “I Am an Alien”, a group exhibition, and the month of November.) 

 

More details to follow soon! Happy trails!

01 SEPTEMBER 2018 ROSH HASHANA תשע״ט

תשע״ח - Yesterday's news!

Here's to tomorrow today.

13 MAY 2018 Digital sketches for NUANCE.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 Printing em large, the series My Playground of Others' Memories @ Rea Print House in TLV.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 Proofs

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 Proofing process pre-printing em large, 

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 Les.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. Les n' Pini. 

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. Vertigo at Suzanne Dellal.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 Sigal.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. At Oasis (Rima's violet martini).

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. Imperial Cocktail Bar, having a drink with Karni.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. Ayal n' Elad, "driving" the street boat - designed by Elad+Felix.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. Les and Alon.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. Elad's studio.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. Gonn and I.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. Protest.

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. Elad and I, cruising through TLV on the street boat - designed by Elad+Felix.

26 JANUARY 2018 NEW WEBSITE! 

SIGAL BEN-DAVID

 

At long last, my newly-designed website is up and in full sail!

I hope you take a moment to check it out.

(It will be swell if all those non-billable hours spent learning, studying, tweaking, adjusting, coding and online-mingling with anti-social webbie's were worth it.)

SIGALBEN-DAVID.COM

01 DECEMBER 2017 Opening reception - Exhibition at Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

18 OCTOBER 2017 Although, I am long past my hanger-fetish, I couldn't resist and grab them. I gave it a week before I finally ditched them. Needless to say, some things are better left in the past.

AUGUST 2017 Another attempt to figure out what to do with the bears! In this plunge, we dipped the bears' furry "skin" in plaster-of-paris. Voilà!

08 FEBRUARY - 13 MARCH 2018 TLV. Soul searching journey. Rima.

22 DECEMBER 2017 NEW YEAR

 

According to science, alcohol blocks the brain's ability to form new memories. Well… needless to say, alcoholism is the best thing that happened to 2017.

 

Let’s raise our glasses high and toast for 2018!!!

01 DECEMBER 2017 Opening reception - Exhibition at Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

15 SEPTEMBER 2017 ROSH HASHANA תשעײח

JULY 2017 It makes me think of David Lynch's Elephant Man

APRIL 2017 White Wedding... ongoing. 

FEBRUARY 2017

MARCH 2017 My voodoo immigration doll. Faceless and featureless creatue. Shredded (immigration) documents, shower curtain, thread.

OCTOBER 2016 Apparently, it's quite a messy job to un-stuff stuffed bears.

OCTOBER 2016 ROSH HASHANA תשעײז

FEBRUARY 2017

OCTOBER 2016 Un-stuffing the bears. 

SEPTEMBER 2016 Digital sketches of the FIELD image. Experimenting with all sorts of semi-conventional modi operandi.

SEPTEMBER 2016 

APRIL 2016 A forced cookery of imaginary beauties, a series of mighty marvellous facts, which, spreading an air of fiction through the whole, all in course weaken that interest and regard never paid but to truth, or the appearances of truth; and are only fit to give a false and adulterated taste of passion, in which a simple sentiment is superior to all their forced productions of artificial flowers. (J. Cleland, Coxcomb, op. cit., p. 47-48.)

SEPTEMBER 2015 ROSH HASHANA תשעײו

 

"I know what you're thinkin'. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?"   

 

Dirty Harry (1971)

FEBRUARY 2015 The number 42 is the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything" (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams) - Unfortunately, no one knows what the question is.

OCTOBER 2014  My Playground of Others' Memories, work in progress.

APRIL 2014 Don't-hold-your-breath-for-Spring Sale!

SEPTEMBER 2013

MARCH 2016 Reconstruction.

JANUARY 2016 (HAPPY NEW YEAR) 

Displacement, 35mm b&w. Work in progress.

MARCH 2015

JANUARY 2015 New Year's Eve. Shirtless.

OCTOBER  2014

MARCH 2013 It's a lot of work being 40!

JANUARY 2013 NEW YEAR

MAY 2011 My work in Haaretz Magazine | Galeria.

OCTOBER 2012 ROSH HASHANA תשעײב  

APRIL 2011 Opening reception - Exhibition at Artness Gallery.

APRIL 2011 Leaving Tel-Aviv

APRIL 2011 Opening reception - Exhibition at Artness Gallery.

APRIL 2011 Opening reception - Exhibition at Artness Gallery.

NOVEMBER 2010 Opening reception - Exhibition at The French Cultural Center. Curator: Yossi Nahmias.

NOVEMBER 2010 Opening reception - Exhibition at The French Cultural Center. Curator: Yossi Nahmias.

NOVEMBER 2010 Installation day - Exhibition at the Tel-Hai Open Museum of Photography.

NOVEMBER 2010 Opening reception - Exhibition at The French Cultural Center. Curator: Yossi Nahmias.

APRIL 2010