VoCA was at the opening of Joshua Neustein’s contemporary response to the Dead Sea Scrolls, the fascinating new show now open at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. Despite having had some trouble with the powers at the ROM, who apparently wanted to place stanchions everywhere, the artist and curators were able to get the installation up and it looks great.
Neustein lives in New York and Tel Aviv, and is known for his environmental installations and Post Minimalist torn paper works, as well as his series of large-scale map paintings. He is considered to be one of the founding fathers of Environmental, Conceptual Art into the Israeli scene.
He is known for his 1971 Jerusalem River Project action, a site-specific “sound sculpture” made for the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, in which 55 speakers installed across 2 kilometers of a desert valley played the looped sounds of a river.
More recently he has been working with chandeliers – of which he notes that they draw light and attention to themselves, rather than primarily giving off light – and ashes. At the ROM Neustein has partially embedded a large chandelier into the wall, and covered the rest of the space with perspex sheets and text taken from the Egyptian writer and poet Edmond Jabès.
Neustein also has an exhibition at the JulieM Gallery in the distillery from June 25 – July 19 of small works made with carbon paper. Seemingly simple, but often highly charged, the show is also worth a look.
Please click HERE for more info on the Dead Sea Scrolls at the ROM.