Bio

 

Sigal Ben-David's work is an investigation into the role of objects in constructing and deconstructing the narratives around which we organize our lives. Ben David’s rigorously composed images speak of the orders we create that often serve to forge even greater disorders. Found objects reflect a curatorial instinct to preserve, categorize and revalorize. Emptiness lends value to everyday things that we use to structure and define identity. In a world that has been emptied out, opportunities are multiplied for the creation of new meanings. But are these new meanings implied or projected? Perhaps as a result of her upbringing in Israel, her images rigorously examine the role of a home and its absence - in how we structure and define our social and political identity.

Ben-David treats her work as landscapes - though the word is released from its traditional signification. Rather, landscape is here extended to mean the totality of ways in which we arrange both the natural and artificial aspects of our habitations, and their significance in how we conceive of ourselves.

 

In her more recent works ("My Playground of Others' Memories", 2014 - 2017; "Nuance", 2018 - Ongoing; and Struc·ture | ˈstrək(t)SHər |, 2020 - Ongoing) the landscapes were created in the studio by reconstructing subject matter and substance. Ben-David's images are confronting with the abstract aesthetic structures that underlie the natural and artificial environments, while experimenting with forms, shapes, textures, patterns and substance, through which she generates a dialogue between photography and FineArt, conceptual rigor and playfulness, representation and abstraction. A reminder that what we are looking at is not reality per se, but a reality the artist created.

Sigal Ben-David was born in 1973 in Israel. She graduated of Camera Obscura School of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel, majoring in Photography, in 2009. And was a participant in an Art program - Digital Media Major in 2008-2009 at the Kibbutzim Collage of Education, Technology and the Arts, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Recent exhibitions include "Visual Culture", CICA Museum, Seoul, South Korea, Group (2020); "The Essential", LoosenArt Magazine/MILLEPIANI Art Space, Rome, Italy, Group (2018); "Seen And Unseen", Collective Gallery, Woodstock, NY, Group (2018);  “Through Compassionate Eyes”, The charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT, Group (2018); “Memories: From the Experience to the Construction of the Past”, LoosenArt Magazine / MILLEPIANI Art Space, Rome, Italy, Group (2018); Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY, Group (2017); "Wish You Were Here 16", A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Group (2017); "Undetermined Landscape", Two Moon Art House, Brooklyn, NY, Solo (2013); "DOF", Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan / Group (2011); "DOF", Architects House Gallery, Tel-Aviv-Jaffa, Israel, Group (2011);  "Preservation Jar", Artness Gallery, En Shemer, Israel, Duo (2011); "No.Where.Else", France Cultural Center, Nazareth, Israel, Group (2010); Tel Hai Open Museum of Photography, Tel Hai, Israel, Group (2010); "Woman 3000", Garage Gang, Kiev, Ukraine, Group (2010); "Untitled", Ha’Chalalit Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Group (2009).

Sigal Ben-David lives and works in New York, NY.

CV

 

Sigal Ben-David 

Born in Israel, 1973 

Lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibition 

 

Across the country

2018      Seen And Unseen | Collective Gallery | Woodstock, NY | Group

2018      Through Compassionate Eyes | The Charter Oak Cultural Center Gallery | Hartford, CT | Group

2107      Under 18 Inches | Limner Gallery | Hudson, NY | Group       

2017      Wish You Were Here #16 | A.I.R. Gallery | Brooklyn, NY | Group

2013      Undetermined Landscape | Two Moon Art House | Brooklyn, NY | Solo

 

Across the Pond

2020      Visual Culture | CICA Museum | Seoul, South Korea | Group 

2018      Essential | LoosenArt/ MILLEPIANI Art Space | Rome, Italy | Group

2018      Memories: From the Experience to the Construction of the Past | LoosenArt / MILLEPIANI Art Space | Rome, Italy 

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2011      Depth of Field | Tokyo International Forum | Tokyo, Japan | Group

2011      Depth of Field | Architects House Gallery | Tel-Aviv-Jaffa, Israel | Group

2011      Preservation Jar  | Artness Gallery | En Shemer, Israel | Duo

2010      No.Where.Else | Centre Culturel Français | Nazheret, Israel | Group

2010      Tel Hai Open Museum of Photography | Tel Hai, Israel | Group

2010      Woman 3000 | Garage Gang | Kiev, Ukraine | Group

2009      Untitled | Ha’Chalalit Gallery | Tel-Aviv, Israel | Group

2008      Array of Pursuits | Loveat Gallery and Café | Tel-Aviv, Israel | Group

 

 

Publication

 

2020       Into the Clouds: New Media Art 2021 | CICA Press | Gimpo, Korea | Art Book - Paperback, E-Book

2018      Essential | LoosenArt Contemporary Art Magazine Publication | Rome, Italy | Catalog

2018      Through Compassionate Eyes | The Jewish Art Salon | New York, NY | Catalog

2018      Memories: From the Experience to the Construction of the Past | LoosenArt Contemporary Art Magazine Publication                    Rome, Italy | Catalog

2011      Felicja Blumenthal Music Center | An Holistic Approach to Architecture | AM OVED Publishers Ltd | Israel | Book -                      Hardcover

2011      Ha’aretz Galeria Magazine | Israel | Press 

2011      Sequester | On The Edge of Darkness Art Blog | Showcase

2011      Depth of Field | Bait Ve’Noi Architecture and Design Magazine + Reshet Print Production |  Israel | Press - June Issue

2010      White City | Visualkontakt Art Blog | Showcase

2010      Slaapkamer Magazine | Amsterdam, Netherlands | Press - September Issue

2010      Felix Domain | FWA Photo - Photography Web Gallery | Showcase

2010      DIIVAN Magazine | Estonia | Press - August Issue

2010      Жінка Woman 3000 - International Art Initiative | Exhibition Tour | Press

2010      Woman 3000 | Garage Gang Publication | Kiev, Ukraine | Art Book - Paperback 

2010      Elements in Pausa | Pausa Gourmet Galilee Inn | Virtual Exhibition

2009      White City | At Magazine | Israel | Press - February Issue

2009      New Orleans Post Katrina | Fuel Your Photography Virtual Magazine | Press - June Issue

2009      Living.Space | Elsewhereness Virtual Magazine | Press - April Issue

2008      New Orleans Post Katrina | Bait Ve’Noi Architecture and Design Magazine | Israel | Press - November-December Issue

 

 

Education

 

2005-2009           A Graduate of Photography | Camera Obscura School of Art | Tel-Aviv, Israel 

2007-2009           Art Progrem - Digital Media Major | Kibbutzim Collage of Education, Technology and the Arts | Tel-Aviv, Israel 

                      

 

Projects

 

2020-Ongoing      struc·ture | ˈstrək(t)SHər

 

2018-Ongoing      Nuance | A collaboration with Artist Les St Leon. In French, the word nuance refers to shade, or a subtle                                    difference of tone; it came into common usage as a reference to the blending of colors in 17th                                                    century tapestries. Initially, it was used mostly for aesthetics, but it was soon borrowed to analogize, and then                            describe the meanings of words. it continued to broaden its use, describing the ambiguous degrees of                                      difference in just about anything. This work aims to explore the role of nuance in an increasingly polarized                                  climate.

 

2017                    I Am an Alien | This work, which speaks directly to Ben-David's own experience as an immigrant, is an                                        exploration of the metamorphosis of an immigrant captures the cold doubt as to whether the process of                                      immigration can ever be completed, while reflects on the question of identity, exploring the fraught                                              relationship self, migration and displacement.

 

2014-2017           My Playground of Others’ Memories | A collaboration with Artist Les St Leon. Examining the concept of                                        memory through a closer look at our habit of accumulating 'things'. An investigation of the                                                          relationship between the inanimate objects that we collect and use in our daily lives and the formation of                                    memories, while experimenting with forms, shapes, textures, patterns, and substance. 

                          

2011                    Animal Welfare NGO Campaign | Photo-shooting. 

 

2010                    East Jerusalem Urbanity and Conflict | A collaboration of architects and photographers. Architectural                                          conceptions and its conflicts with architectural projects. Documanting residential building under construction                              in the Sheikh Jarrah-Wadi Joz neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Focusing attention on the political environment                            surrounding this project.

2009                    Untitled | Ben-David continues to examine the coexistence of opposing forces and elements and the                                          inextricable balance between them. Chance and control, sequence and amputation, decay and embalming,                                and presence and emptiness are continually in conflict in her work. For Ben-David, these dualities are a                                      metaphor for the transitory nature of life, the uncertainties which are also a complimentary essentials.

2008                    Room | a living space devoid of personal characteristics, which may indicate a monastic way of life, or                                      perhaps provisional residence.

 

2005-2007           New Orleans Post katrina | Documenting New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Examining aesthetics in visual                              chaos. Exploring the intimate living quarters of deserted New Orleans, with the aim to challenge the                                            boundaries between documentary and fine art photography.

                         

2009-2016           ELSEWHERE | A member of a community of independent artists; bringing together Israeli and Palestinian                                    photographers; dedicated to Fine Art and social visualization.