Arts & Leisureby Eyal de Leeuw | 01.02.13
Luxury and status symbols are the focus of Harel Luz’s show “For the rich” at the Midarsha gallery in Tel Aviv.
Luz reproduce those objects from scratch, using paper, cardboard and plaster – New Balance shoe, Gucci penny loafer or expensive boot – while on the wall he hangs paintings of Rolex watch or famous rich people from Israel.
The show questions issues like luxury, art, consumerism and capitalism. What is art? what is luxury? and what politics has to do with it? walking in the gallery reminds the Garconniere walking in rue Saint Honore in Paris, looking at objects of desire (or looking at the people who buy it) and feeling frustrated.
Is reproducing the object a successful attempt of making it accessible? and if it’s accessible, is it luxury still?
The Midrasha Gallery is located at 34 Dizengof street, opens Mon-Thu 12:00-19:00, Fri 10:10-14:00, Sat 11:00-14:00. 03-623129