Intimate Chunks, 2020, plastic industry waste, 200×500 cm
About Aviv Grinberg
My practice utilizes various materials and mediums to push the boundaries of painting and sculpting. By raising details from my personal background, I correspond to matters of global social structures, changing ecosystems and consumerist human behavior, thus trying to interrupt these identities’ status-quo power play.Driven mostly by the social-psychological aspects of cleanliness, I sample, isolate and re-examine cleaning products, thus exposing their dual nature – toxic and non-biodegradable, though necessary and aesthetic. By using plastic objects, which I trace from my nearby surroundings as well as industrial sites, I balance localism with mass-produced consumerism. Through large scale paintings and complex installations I react to his own behavior patterns, as well as to humanity’s, in the present times.
About Intimate Chunks, 2020, plastic industry waste, 200×500 cm
During this seventh year, God commands us to let the land rest, release debts, resolve disputes, and to open our hands and hearts to those in need. My art speaks exactly on that, regarding our communities, minority groups and the health of the earth we live on.After years I have been intrigued by cleaning agents, and the ideas behind the term “clean”, both aesthetically and socially, made me explore the realms of industrial factories, where I discovered a new type of product, that has never seen daylight: A mistake by the very-oiled plastic production line – Melted plastic objects. Some sort of type-os, factories “mistakes”.These were like self-portraits to me. Amorphous individuals, one-of-a-kinds, each misshapen in its own way. Although extracted from the factory and then tossed away, I found solace in them, and decided to give them the opportunity to recreate a world through them, that is on one hand made of plastic, but on the other, recycled, new and unique.In days like these, when man-made global warming is refusing to let the earth rest, awareness of these misfits and the plastic industrial habit we inherited must raise.