|Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College will feature the work of Israeli-born artist Yizhak Elyashiv in the exhibition Convergence from Feb. 5-26. A gallery reception is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5-8 p.m.
Elyashiv’s printmaking is recognized globally for being inspirational in scope and facility. His studio practice has its origins in religious reflection as an aesthetic representation.
Elyashiv’s work engages an intimate scale, in which print processes are employed to offer a sense of natural forms as an expression of content playing a seductive role. His pieces also make reference to the landscape by suggesting almost ephemeral notions of an atmospheric place.
For the past few years Elyashiv’s studio time has been divided between Providence, R.I., and County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, where over the course of several artist residencies, he has been developing his Landscape/Memory series.
The project started with a response to the idea of “Sulfuric fields,” which was referenced in the testimonials of farmers during the Irish famine of the mid-1800s. They claimed that the smell of rot spread overnight through a field when its crop was lost. Elyashiv finds that this sense decay lies in contrast with the sublime and romantic beauty of the place today.
In the work, the act of drawing from observation combines with a conceptual processes of measurement and mapping. Some of the finished prints and drawings include activities and movements that have been imported into the landscape: words, names, text, counting systems, gestures and more. Importing actions onto the observed field makes the artist an equal participant in the shaping and molding of the place.
Born in Jerusalem, Elyashiv received a BFA from that city’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in 1990 and came to the United States to earn his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992.
Elyashiv’s prints and drawings have been exhibited and collected by the Israel Museum, the British Museum, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others.
Elyashiv was one of three winners of 2007 MacColl Johnson Fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation and has received support from the Howard Foundation (Brown University). He teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Rhode Island College, and exhibits with Reeves Contemporary in New York City.
Gallery hours during exhibits are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays, noon to 9 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays. Exhibits and events are free and open to the public. Accessible to persons with disabilities. For information on event dates and exhibit opening receptions, check the website at www.ric.edu/Bannister/ or call (401) 456-9765.