URI TZAIG, FROM DOGPATCH TO UNION SQUARE
April 19, 2013
For our inaugural exhibition, we are happy to present new works by URI TZAIG. Known first as a video artist who used game models as sociopolitical metaphors, Tzaig has collaborated with a group of Arab-Israeli women from the village of Lakiya to create novel hybrids of traditional and contemporary expression.
Please join us as we launch this new chapter in refusalon history, and we continue our commitment to helping artists invent, create, and work around-the-clock to make new work and exhibit in San Francisco.
What happens when 150 women in the desert collaborate with Uri Tzaig?
Come see the women’s revolution in the Islamic world as an art work.
RE-EVALUATE THE WISDOM OF THE PALM
Known first as a video artist using game structures as sociopolitical metaphors (The Universal Square, a football game with two balls, shown at Documenta X, Kassel), Uri Tzaig has explored a wide range of creative models in his recent work. Including, during the past four years, Tzaig has directed the Department of Textile Design at Shenkar College for Engineering, Design & Art in Israel.
In his latest project, artist Uri Tzaig worked together with Bedouin women weavers,
living in the desert, to design and produce new kinds of artifacts, which can be considered as both functional textiles (design) and metaphorical forms & images (art).
Aiming to change the economics of these Bedouin women from makers of inexpensive, cultural trinkets, to master craftworkers of unique, valuable artworks, Tzaig offers a new community model, in which the making of the art piece is part of a more holistic, integrated system.