"Bearing Wall," Michal Toniass's one person exhibition, will present a series of photographs of exposed walls taken by the artist at museums and galleries between exhibitions. On the walls of Basis Gallery, Tobiass will show museum walls and those of other hegemonic display spaces that will lend, as it were, history and memories to the new venue.
Tobiass suspends the short span of time between the physical presence of an exhibition and the complete disappearance of its traces creating thought-provoking documentation of time and space. Her action sways between major, "real," bygone event and a future "real" occurrence and takes place within a narrow time slot, the time of in-between-exhibitions, of exposed walls, so alien to active display spaces, which are therefore hurriedly and feverishly re-covered. To the walls' inherent historical, cultural and political sediments, she adds backstage activities that bring to the forefront practices such as hanging and installing that are – like the walls themselves – hidden from the beholder by adequate and appropriate display. According to Tobiass, she chooses to focus on exhibitions dealing with various mechanisms of deconstruction and witnessing such as Gideon Gechtman's at the Israel Museum and Gustav Metzger's at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, while trying to discover a common denominator between the artist's aesthetic-conceptual idiom and the seemingly random process of dismantling of his or her exhibition, in which he or she is often not present.
Michal Tobiass was born in Jerusalem in 1985. Lives and works in Tel Aviv. Graduated from the Department of Photography, Musrara Art School, Jerusalem (2012), currently completing her MFA studies at Bezalel MFA, Tel Aviv. Had a one person exhibition at Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art (2013) and participated in group exhibitions, among others, at Basis Gallery (2016), Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art (2015), Fresh Paint Fair, Tel Aviv (2014), and Tel Hai Museum (2013). Awarded the Jerusalem Mayor's Prize for Academic Excellence (2012) and the Meitar Foundation's Scholarship of Excellence (2010 and 2011). Her works are held in various collections.
Gallery Talk about the exhibition will be held on Friday, May 27th, 2016, at 12:00 noon.