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The Senate Gallery is a contemporary art space located in the George Shrute Center at the Samuel and Milada Ayrton University Center. The gallery opened in 2000. It features group and solo exhibitions, alongside collaborations with guest curators. 

Every year, the gallery also hosts exhibitions curated by BA and MA students in the Department of the Arts’ curatorial program, as well as an exhibition of works by graduates of the BFA program.

Currently at the gallery: “Figure of Speech"

Curated by Ventilator

12.5.2022 - 1.1.2021


Participating artists:

Mor Afgin, Hadas Auerbach, Doaa Badran, Eitan Ben Moshe, Roni Doron, Michael Druks, Michael Gitlin, Yitzhak Golombek, Carolina Lehan, Lee Nevo, Noa Schwartz, Ira Shalit, Ishai Shapira Kalter, Itamar Stamler, Tamara Strano, Nahum Tevet, Oded Yones


The group exhibition "Figure of Speech" examines attitudes, images, themes, color palettes, styles, materials, patterns, hanging mechanisms, and brackets which have been treated with the medium of assembly and relief. This ouvere brings together eighteen abstract wall sculptures made from the late 1970s to the present day. The wall sculptures were created by eighteen artists, from diverse generations working in the local art field. The exhibition presents the works as a sculptural / pictorial trend that focuses on a material discourse based on the history of art, and far-reaching approaches to the fusion between two mediums: painting and sculpture. These artistic actions are summed up in the wall sculptures and are conceived as a search for both material and mental amorphy (lack of a defined form). The wall sculptures displayed in the exhibition are playful, temporary, their fragility is felt, their scale is small, they are unpretentious and their "theme" is vague. Sometimes, these works are presented as part of a series or as a small and minor detail - a complementary element - which is presented as part of a solo exhibition for example. They are not directly concerned with acute social or political issues and emit a sensory affect that emphasizes the creator's intuition (craftsmanship) and the possibilities of art to exert a sublime feeling on the viewer.

Similar to the accidental and improvised architecture that characterizes life in Israel, and in fact distance buildings from the original construction plans, by constructing additions that match the tenant's needs, so the assemblage deviates from common two-dimensional conventions - square surface, materials of art, standard volume, distinct image, or coherent language. The assemblage in the early twentieth century and then in the 1960s preceded the formal and material future of art, but never became a central genre and can be affiliated to slang - even if the artists who deal with it are considered influential. This medium is usually made intuitively, in a poetic, humoristic, or expressive connection of a number of materials or forms which constitute a new meaning in the surface, in the material, and in the image. Although, at first glance, the assemblage may be seen as a scrappy, faulty, or irregular artistic attempt, in fact, the features are similar to a composite material - an engineering structure made of several different materials with a designated function in a structure to create “finer" matter - an innovative work of art.

Ishai Shapira Kalter (b. 1986) lives and works in Tel Aviv - Yafo. Since  2017 He runs the nomadic exhibition space 'Ventilator'. He received his MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY (2017) where he studied under the guidance of Prof. Thierry de Duve. Kalter received his BFA  from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem,  IL (2013), in the framework of which he also attended The Slade School of Fine Arts, London, UK (2011).  His first exhibitions and projects were hosted by venues  such as Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, IL (2021); Institut Français, Tel Aviv, IL (2021); CCA - The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IL (2020); RawArt Gallery, Tel Aviv, IL (2019, 2017, 2015);  Art-O-Rama, Marseille, FR (2019); The Lobby, Tel-Aviv, IL (2019); Art Basel, Basel, CH (2019); Placement Produit, Paris, FR (2019); POPPOSITIONS Off-Fair, Brussels, BE (2018); India Art Fair, New Delhi, IN (2018); Art  Market Budapest, Budapest, HU (2017); Veinti4/Siete  Galería, San José, CR (2017); YARAT Studios, Baku,  AZ (2016); West Space, Melbourne, AU (2015); Hayarkon 19, Tel Aviv, IL (2015); The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, IL (2014); MoBY  Bat Yam Museums, Bat Yam, IL (2013) among others.  Kalter received several fellowships, grants and scholarships and participated in residencies including Cité  Internationale des Arts, The Jean and Albert Nerken Scholarship Fund, Asylum Arts Research Grant, The  Rabinovich Foundation Grant, the Israel Lottery Council  for Culture and Arts Grant and others. His works and  writings were published on Spike Art Magazine, Point  Contemporain, Columbia Uni. Journal for Literature and  Art, Artviewer, Tzvetnik, HaAretz and more. Ishai Shapira Kalter was an Adjunct Faculty at The Art History Department in The Tel Aviv University, works as a freelance lecturer at The Tel Aviv Museum of Art and works as an educator at the varied programs in Liebling Haus. His practice will be shown in 2022 with Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, IL, Zona Mista, London, UK and in Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, DE.​

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Doaa Badran, Untitled, 2017. Photo by Ventilator


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Ishay Shapira Kalter, Wound Wind, 2021. Photo by Ventilator


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