Curator: Shai Zemack

Staying at home kept us safe, but art will keep us sane.
Covid-19 has placed the world in an unprecedented pause.  It inflicted tragedy and pain on many.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to everyone who has lost loved ones.

Now we must forge a path forward and build a stronger future.  The upcoming exhibition, 91-DIVOC, is Zemack Contemporary Art’s first step towards reversing the course of this pandemic and returning art to the public.  Three-dimensional photography, augmented reality and Zoom experiences played and will continue to play a key role in our “new” world order, but the public is ready to revert back from the virtual to the physical art space.

Artists, museums, art fairs and galleries had exhibitions planned months and sometimes years in advance.  These exhibitions and artworks sat on walls in empty halls for two months only visible on some parallel universe.  The Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s exhibition, Absolute Value from the collection of Marie and Jose Mugrabi, was months in the planning with a huge marketing budget.  The banners all over Tel Aviv heralded an exhibition that would sit void of appreciation.  Zemack had two exhibitions, Prima Facie by Kobi Assaf and Window Box by Tal Golani.  These exhibitions were extremely well received in the first couple of weeks, but were far too short-lived.

I felt the need to open the gallery with a new exhibition that highlighted all of the gallery artists and some works from the gallery collection which I personally curated.  I wanted to start the healing with an exhibition that features some of the best works from all our artists – Philippe Pasqua’s monumental T-Rex sculpture and three-meter paintings to Dana Zaltzman’s small still life paintings. This exhibition is an amalgamation of an eclectic gathering of paintings, photographs, and sculptures.

We need to embrace life.  And what better way than to celebrate and rejoice with art.  Art has been a source of comfort and progress in every society throughout time.  Today, art materializes in all forms: video games, streaming tv, podcasts, music and visual arts in galleries and museums.  We are excited to open the gallery with this exhibition and hope that the incredible works of art depicted on all three floors of the gallery remove the darkness and bring the light and joy in a prominent and emotional way to the forefront of our lives.

Shai Zemack
Gallery Founder and President