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Life and Demise Converge in a Two-Sided Subject of 17,000 Metal Flowers by Zadok Ben-David

Life and Demise Converge in a Two-Sided Subject of 17,000 Metal Flowers by Zadok Ben-David

Life and Death Converge in a Two-Sided Field of 17,000 Steel Flowers by Zadok Ben-David



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March 22, 2022

Grace Ebert

Element of “Blackfield” (2021) at Kew. Photograph by Roger Wooldridge. All pictures courtesy of Kew Gardens, shared with permission

On the coronary heart of Zadok Ben-David’s Pure Reserve on view at Kew Gardens is a low-lying plot sprouting practically 1,000 plant species. The sprawling, ecologically numerous set up, which has traveled to a number of cities like Seoul, Tel Aviv, and Paris since 2006, is titled “Blackfield,” a reputation tied to the flowers’ dualistic nature: one facet captures the vibrancy of life by way of brilliant, fantastical colours, whereas the opposite is painted solely black.

Containing upwards of 17,000 steel-etched botanicals, the set up considers the precarious line between life and dying and the way a small shift in perspective can encourage oppositional emotions of both loss or hope. “The connection between humanity and nature is one which is central to my work. I’ve all the time been fascinated by the concept of how people depend on nature for survival but appear to overlook this important reality in on a regular basis life,” the Israeli artist says.

Along with “Blackfield,” Pure Reserve consists of quite a lot of intricate, sculptural items, a few of that are based mostly on nineteenth Century illustrations within the backyard’s collections, and is on view by way of April 24. Comply with Zadok Ben-David (beforehand) on Instagram to regulate the place his works are headed subsequent.

 

Element of “Blackfield” (2021) at Kew. Photograph by Roger Wooldridge

Photographs by Soupdemots

Element of “Blackfield” (2021) at Kew. Photograph by Roger Wooldridge

Photographs by Soupdemots

Photographs by Soupdemots

“Blackfield” (2010) at Verso Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Italy

“Blackfield” (2021) at Kew. Photograph by Roger Wooldridge

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