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Shay Arick
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: My practice combines photography, sculpture, installation, performance, and video. I explore issues of violence, social taboos, political conflicts and human behaviors by deconstructing iconic cultural imagery as a form of critique and analysis. Elaborating on my curiosity and speculation around documented past, I create mixed media installations, which interrogate human conditions. I employ historical archives and art history as raw materials to provoke a dialogue around body and gender politics, desire, and power dynamics while exposing the absurdity of the societal constructs via sculpted objects, photography and video positioned in spatial and multidisciplinary environments. Through my work and research, I attempt to comprehend the origins of human violence, by taking on the roles of victims and executioners as well as tormenters and tyrants. I hope to awaken the imagination of the spectators while offering a space for self-reflection and contemplation.
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  • Given
    2015
    Mixed media+ performance
    "Given" is a reinterpretation of the Pieta scene. The work is a huge apple sculpture, with a peeping-hole in its center. The viewer peeps through the hole, privately watching two performers

  • Given - inside view
    2015
    performance
    "Given" is a reinterpretation of the Pieta scene. The work is a huge apple sculpture, with a peeping-hole in its center. The viewer peeps through the hole, privately watching two performers

  • Red Dove - Outside view
    2014
    Mixed media+video

  • Havdala
    2016
    Digital print

  • Hand In Hand #1
    2015
    Digital print
    Stone-throwing hands are replacing my hand. The prints were taken from photographs of clashes between Palestinians and Israel armed forces.

  • Hand In Hand #2
    2015
    Digital print

  • Me -Him MAMDOUH-Al-SHAWWAF
    2015
    digital print

  • Me - Him TAMER FFARAJ SAMOUR
    2015
    Digital print
    Tamer Faraj Samour, 22 years old, was killed on August 1, 2014 when he was shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Deir al-Ghusun near Tulkarem.

  • Head of stone
    2016
    Digital print

  • Wearing violence #3
    2016
    Digital print
    Me wearing Hercules body

  • Grip
    2015
    Digital print

  • OH G
    2015
    Digital print

  • Gaze
    2016
    Digital print
    Tamer Faraj Samour, 22 years old, was killed on August 1, 2014 when he was shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Deir al-Ghusun near Tulkarem.

  • Curatorial Decision #1
    2015
    Digital print

  • Uprising
    2015
    Aluminum
 








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