Congratulations to Mark Moore Gallery artist, Yoram Wolberger, whose sculpture “Hutch” (2001) was recently acquired by the McNay Art Museum (TX) for its permanent collection.
Yoram Wolberger, Hutch, 2001, wood, wood products, and brass hardware, 156 x 72 x 24 inches
About the artist: Wolberger (b. 1963, Tel Aviv, Israel) earned his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute’s (CA) New Genres Department. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and has been featured in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), deCordova Sculpture Park (MA), the Aldrich Contemporary Museum (CT), Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Museum of Contemporary Art (IL) and the Israeli Museum of Modern Art (Israel) among others. His works have been acquired for the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), Frederick R. Weisman Foundation (CA), the Orange County Museum of Art (CA), Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside (CA) and the McNay Art Museum (TX). The artist lives and works in San Francisco, CA.
Yoram Wolberger uses childhood toys and everyday domestic items to create his large scale sculptures, foregrounding the latent symbolism and cultural paradigms of these objects that so subtly inform Western culture. By enlarging this ephemera to life size, Wolberger emphasizes the distortions of their original manufacture disallowing any real illusion and conceptually forcing the viewer to reconsider their meanings. When enlarged beyond any possibility of dismissal, we see that toy soldiers create lines between Us and Them, plastic cowboys and Indians marginalize and stereotype the Other, even wedding cake bride and groom figurines dictate our expected gender roles.
Gallery artists Chad Person and Yoram Wolberger will soon be featured in an upcoming group exhibition at Brigham Young University Museum of Art. Other artists featured included in the exhibition will include Takashi Murakami, Ron English, Michael Scoggins, Takeshi Murata, Cory Arcangel, and Maruzio Cattelan.
We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art will run December 7, 2012 through April 6, 2013. Delving into our fascination with super heroes and monsters in contemporary pop culture, We Could Be Heroes will examine the relationship between today’s super heroes and the ancient quests of mythological and religious heroes against villainous monsters in recorded history and folklore. An overabundance of super hero movies has been produced around the world of late, from Hollywood to Chinese cinema to Bollywood, and is becoming a poignant part of our shared cultural subconscious. Through contemporary artworks, the exhibition will explore the complexity of the myth of the hero, the hero’s relationship to the monster, how a monster or hero is often defined by perception, and why, for many, comic-book mythologies are becoming the new morality of the 21st century.
For more information on this exhibition, and museum hours, please visit the BYU Museum website.
New York activity makes the MMG Blog headlines again, as Yoram Wolberger’s first solo show in the Big Apple at Benrimon Contemporary garners the attention of ArtInfo. Making the editor’s “Weekly Ten” picks for June 11, “Cowboys and Indians” (on view through July 3), can be found on the shortlist alongside The International Center for Photography’s group show and Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro” music video. Good company…check out the full-length list by clicking here!
For more information on the exhibition, please visit Benrimon’s website.
Benrimon Contemporary will host Yoram Wolberger’s first New York solo exhibition, “Cowboys and Indians,” starting June 10, 2010. On view through July 3, the show will feature a variety of works from the life-size Cowboy and Indian series, in addition to related prints.
Catch the opening reception from 5-9pm on Thursday, June 10th!
Also opening September 18th is The Lab’s (San Francsico, CA) fourth annual juried group show, Syzygy. Juried by David Cunningham and Misako Inaoka, Syzygy features works by Randy Colosky, Eric Larson, Liesa Lietzke, Hye Yeon Nam, Dominic Nguyen, Flynn O’Brien, Benji Rowan, Gretchen Till, Jessica Westbrook, and Alan Disparte & our own Bay-Area native, Yoram Wolberger.
The opening reception will take place from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., with the show running through Saturday, October 10, 2009. If you’re near NorCal, it’s definitely worth a visit! Details can be obtained at The Lab’s site.
As Pulse New York opens to the public today, the preparation madness is long forgotten. But never fear, we are here with our candid camera to give you a sneak peak at the action behind the scenes.
Remember, if you happen to be in New York, be sure to drop by and Booth C-01 and see the end result. Allison Schulnik will also have her hugely successful film “Hobo Clown” screened in the public area. Yoram Wolberger’s amazing new sculpture “Male Baseball #1” will also be on view.