AF MAGAZINE PRESENTS “PIRUSH” EXHIBITION @ KULI ALMAby Ross Belfer | 22.04.15
It’s quite rare that I feel so compelled to post about an art exhibition without using my own images.
But due to its overwhelming luster and artistic resonation, I felt the need to expose the latest exhibition at Kuli Alma, a collaboration with AF Magazine, featuring the works of Pirush aka Ofir Levy, which until now, have never before been displayed to the public eyes.
The story goes as follows:
The surrealist bone-and-wood animal masks come from the imaginative mind of Israeli artist Ofir Levy, a reclusive and obsessive forager. Following a meticulous Sisyphean processes of cleaning, painting and assembling with a new breath of imagination, Levy gives life to body parts of animals with skulls, bones, teeth, fur, leather and horns serving as the basis of each piece, and afterwards dressed with wood, shells and pine.
Born and raised in the rural frontier of northern Israel’s Jezreel Valley, Ofir Levy brings attendees and art enthusiasts into his world of decaying animal bones brought back to life. Levy, who after discovering and touching raw materials of decaying animal bones left to rot in the field, created his own brand of shock art without harming any animals or living organisms in the process.
The masks by Ofir Levy will be on display for several weeks, with each item available for purchase.
View some quick pics and a feature documentary by AF Magazine detailing the artist Ofir Levy and masks on display, below, to wet the palate and tantalize the mind before seeing for yourself.
The exhibition runs now through May 2 at Kuli Alma (Mikve Yisrael 10).
Images credit: Yaniv Glaser + Nimrod Keren
(CLICK THE ABOVE IMAGE TO VIEW THE “PIRUSH” DOCUMENTARY BY AF MAGAZINE