I explore ways to make paintings that are in tune with current trends, altered viewing habits, and modern age attention spans. Using traditional, low-tech methods, I offer an equivalent experience to that of the 360-degree VR panoramic-painting and other popular interactive and immersive art experiences that viewers almost expect during their art encounters. The artworks are reliefs and free-standing off the wall, sculptural paintings in which I combine painting and 3-dimensional objects on, beneath, or behind the canvas blending the dimensions and camouflaging them with painterly traits. I harness traditional painting tools, methods, and materials. I use all visible parts of the artist canvas, canvas cloth, and 3D elements to create narratives that need a more interactive and immersive viewing experience. These are Realized Paintings.
These artworks partially evolve into physical art by extending canvas surfaces and 3D elements. Objects are covered with primed canvas and painted to morph, through, beneath, behind or on the canvas and become realized (from 2D to 3D or vice versa). I use varied textures, paints, strong contours, and color to emphasize the transitions onto objects. Mirroring illustratively how the artwork looks like when developed into a concrete painterly entity or when it recedes back to the flat plane. Some works are wall-hung reliefs and others are on pedestals or supported so they can stand and potentially viewed from all sides. They may require a 360° viewing to grasp the narratives, ontological status and surprises.
I’m inspired by art-about-art, popular art, and current sensibilities to create the viewing journey. A journey that goes beyond the canvas off the wall, creating realized forms with multi-dimensional possibilities and experiences. I re-examine what is painting and how we view them, offering a concurrent option that is in step with the altered experiences and viewing habits of art of the past few decades.
Efrat "Effi" Baler (born Jerusalem, Israel), is a cross-disciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY since 1993. She paints outside of the boundaries of the frame, creating three-dimensional painterly sculptures and reliefs. Her works materialize out of the canvas and become the realization of thoughtful and often playful themes.
Efrat Baler grew up in Israel, Winnipeg, Canada and Boston, MA. She studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Israel, and graduated in 1984 with a BFA in Sculpture and Painting. She won the Helena Rubinstein American - Israeli Culture Foundation Scholarship in 1983. Efrat Baler is listed as one of the ten most promising Bezalel Artists of the last decade, in the publication honoring the inauguration of the new Bezalel campus on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem (1990). In 1998, Efrat Baler was invited to tour and lecture on the History of Israeli Art and for presentations of her works at seven Universities and Institutions in the *West Coast Bay area.
Efrat has taken part in over 30 group shows and 5 solo exhibitions in the US, Israel, and Germany, and her works are in private collections.
She also teaches art at private schools and individually.
* Monterey Peninsula College, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, University of California, University of Berkeley, Congregation Sherith Israel SF and the San Francisco Public Library.
2017 - PLG ARTS’ | Solo exhibition | Tugboat, Brooklyn, NY
1991 - PAINTINGS 1990 - 91 | Solo exhibition | Painters & Sculptures Association Tel-Aviv, Israel
- PAINTINGS 1990 - 91 | Solo exhibition Municipal Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel
1985 - MUTATIONS | Solo exhibition | Anatea Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1976 - SOLO EXHIBITION sponsored by the Jerusalem Municipality Youth Dept. | Beit Nechemia Community Center, Jerusalem
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 - LIC FEAR III Group exhibition, LIC Arts Open | The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
- ARTBOX.GALLERY Digital Exhibition October 2019 | Zürich, Switzerland
- GIANT STEPS | Group exhibition | Open Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2018 - FALL SALON | Group exhibition, LIC Arts Open | The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
- FROM MINISCULE TO MONUMENTAL | Group exhibition, LIC Arts Open Gallery | The Factory, Gallery II, LI City, NY
- THE 5 NAPKIN SHOW | Group exhibition, part of LIC Arts Open| The Factory, Gallery II, Long Island City, NY
2017 - PLG ARTS’ | Solo exhibition | Tugboat, Brooklyn, NY
- DEBTFAIR | Group Exhibition (participating artist), a project of Occupy Museums | Whitney Biennial 2017, Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, New York
- ANIMALIA Group exhibition | Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2016 - LIC ARTS OPEN Group exhibition | LIC Arts Open, Long Island City, NY
- DIORAMARAMA | Club 157, Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
- THE FOOD SHOW | Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2014 - THE SELFIE SHOW | MONA, Museum of New Art, Armada, MI
2013 - ANNUAL SMALL WORKS SHOW | 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013 - PLG ARTS GROUP EXHIBITION | Tugboat, Brooklyn, NY
2012 - GO, Brooklyn Art |Community-curated open studio project, Brooklyn, NY
- THE INTERNATIONAL ARTIST FAIR | Parallax Art Fair, | Soho, NY
2011 - GENERATIONS VIII Group exhibition | A.I.R Gallery | Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP SHOW | PLG Arts | Brooklyn NY
2008 - 1ST ANNUAL GROUP SHOW | PLG Arts’ | K-Dog & Dune Buggy Café, Brooklyn, NY
2006/07 - TRACING SHADOWS, Group Exhibition | Israel Museum Youth Wing. Jerusalem, Israel
1999 - THE BEGINNING…A SPACE EXHIBIT | Group exhibition | The Space Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1998 - Slide Presentation of Art Works | The San Francisco Public Library, CA
- GROUP EXHIBITION | June Group exhibition | The Emerging Collector, New York, NY
- SEND IN THE CLONES | Group exhibition | The Emerging Collector, New York, NY
- DIANA FEVER | Group exhibition | The Emerging Collector, New York, NY
1996 - Slide Presentation of Works | Hillel House, California State University, Chico CA
1995 - NATIONAL SHOWCASE IV | Group exhibition | Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1992 - THE RED BUILDING | Group exhibition | Tel-Aviv, Israel
1990 - PROMISE,10 Bezalel most promising Artists of the last decade | Bezalel New Campus, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem
- PUBLIC GALLERY project - Artists painting on a billboard | 35 Lang St. Frankfurt, Germany
1989 - Painters and Sculptors Association House | Group exhibition | Tel-Aviv, Israel
1988 - Artists for "THE AIDS TASK FORCE" | Group exhibition | Richter Gallery, Jaffa, Israel
1986 - CATASTROPHE | Group exhibition | Jerusalem Theater, Israel
- FIRST SHOWING | Group exhibition | Dizengoff Center, Tel-Aviv Israel
1985 - FIRST LINE | | Group exhibition | Ein Harod Museum. Kibbutz Ein Harod, Israel
EDUCATION & HONORS
1990 Chosen as one of the 10 most promising Artists of the last decade in the publication honoring the inauguration of the new Bezalel campus on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem.
1980- 84 Bezalel Art Academy, Jerusalem, Israel. Graduated with BFA from the Sculpture & Painting Dept.
1983 -84 Helena Rubinstein American - Israeli Culture Foundation Scholarship Scholarship
1977 Artistic youth delegation & exhibitions in Austria and France, sponsored by the Jerusalem Municipality
1976 Scholarship from the "Black Panthers" for study at the Jerusalem Artist House
SEE VIDEOS OF SOME OF THE ARTWORKS HERE
Leider, Philip. “PROMISE – Ten Bezalel Artists of the last decade”. Publication in honor of the inauguration of the new Bezalel campus on Mount Scopus. Published by Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. June 1990
Ben-Noon, Yigal/ Cohen Gan, Pinchas/Lavi, Rafi/Dr. Ofrat, Gideon. “SIR LACHATZ (Pressure Cooker) – Young Art in Israel – at the Jerusalem Theatre”. (Exhibition catalog). Israel: Published by Stavit. March 1986
Bar-Or, Gila and Cohen Gan, Pinchas, “FRONT LINE – Group Show. Israeli Artists June – July 1985. Mishkan Leomanut Ein Harod”. Israel: Published by Mishkan Le Omanut Museum of Art Ein Harod. June 1985
“YOUNG ARTIST’ EXHIBITION Artists House Jerusalem Summer 84’” Israel: Published by Studio 106. June 1984
Featured Artist April 2019 on Artsy Shark https://www.artsyshark.com/2019/04/02/featured-artist-efrat-baler/
Weiss, Suzanne “Israeli art reflects pastiche of cultures, artist asserts”. JEWISH BULLETIN OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA (Weekly March 1998): Entertainment/Arts/Sports
Photo of a painting. AL’HAMISHMAR (Daily Newspaper). Israel, (1992 Jewish New Year edition): Art and Culture
Director, Rutt “5 Faces of Young Art - Review of exhibition at the “Red Building”. MAARIV, (Evening newspaper), Israel. (07.10.1992): Art Reviews
Photo of a painting, HA’ER. (Weekly Newspaper). Jerusalem, Israel. (09/02/1990): Back Cover
Painting on the Front Cover. WELCOME (Magazine of the Israel Airports) published by Israel Airports Authority Ben Gurion Airport. Israel. (Spring/Summer 1992) Cover
Vekshtein, David, “Artist Monologue” ARIM (Cities) (Weekly Newspaper). Tel Aviv, Israel. (07/12/1991): Art Section
Baler, Efrat. “About Art on a billboard – Efrat Baler in Frankfurt, Germany”. STUDIO (Israeli Art Magazine), Israel. (February 1990 Edition): page 57
Photo of a painting from an exhibition, AL’HAMISHMAR (Daily Newspaper). Israel. (03/14/1986): Art Section
Reviews and photo of a painting. KOL HA’EIR (Weekly Newspaper). Jerusalem, Israel. (02/28/1986): Art Section
Broshi, Oded “No Ideology - First Exhibition of the Year – 9 artists”, YEDIOT ACHRONOT (Evening Newspaper). Israel. (01/31/1986): Art and Culture
Photo of a painting from an exhibition, HA’ARETZ (Daily Newspaper). Israel. (04/19/1985): Art Section
“V” - Painting made specifically for the magazine, TATRAMA (Art Magazine). Israel. (June 1985): International Edition No. 3
Levi, Itamar, “Joining the Family. Review of art show - Bezalel Art Academy Art Dept., Graduate Show” YEDIOT ACHRONOT (Evening Newspaper). Israel. (June 1984): Art Section
Goldstein, Gary, “Review of 3rd year Bezalel Art Academy Students end of year show” KOL HA’EIR (Weekly Newspaper). Jerusalem, Israel, (June 1983): Art and Culture section
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