The Light of Sheila Hicks

by Eyal de Leeuw | 17.10.18

The legendary artist Sheila Hicks opened last week a new solo exhibition in Magasin III Jaffa’s space, curated by Karmit Galili.

The breathtaking exhibition presents Hicks’ distinctive and vibrantly-colored sculptures, created from materials ranging from the traditional and natural – such as linen and cotton – to newly researched industrial materials based on new technologies.
Meeting Hicks and hearing her explaining her art is always an inspiring journey, not less than experiencing the art itself. Hicks is intrigued by people and her sculptures are monumental and emotional with a powerful effect on the viewer.

The exhibition features three significant recent installations by Hicks. The Saffron Sentinel (2017) which is the principal work that occupies a large section of the exhibition space and visible from both windowed façades day and night.

Comets (2016-2018) is a bas-relief sculpture composed of circular sculptures in a range of vibrant colors, textures and shapes extended along one of the major walls.

The third installation in the exhibition, titled Menhir (2016), is hanged from the gallery’s double-height ceiling – a soft column of wrapped cords billowing in space and spilling on to the floor in elegant, fluid patterns.

Hicks chose the exhibition title Migdalor (the Hebrew translation for “Lighthouse”) as a symbolic reference to forms that can be path finders. The title becomes more meaningful in an era in which we are looking look for a moral campus.

The exhibition will be on display until February 15, 2019.
All images:
Sheila Hicks, Migdalor, 2018, installation view
Courtesy Magasin III Jaffa
Photograph: Noam Preisman


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