ARTIST STATEMENT

Space: My next frontier. These are the stories of canvas paintings.        

The continuing mission: to explore the boundaries of the canvas in new ways, to seek out new ideas and new representations, to boldly go where a canvas has not gone before.

I’m seeking ways to bring the painted canvas front and center, similar to the experiences offered by new technologies but in low tech and accessible way. I’m influenced by augmented and virtual reality, 360-degree videos and VR of artworks, holograms and the digital projection of ourselves on social media platforms. I want to mimic this state and breakout from the boundaries of the canvas and the wall. I’m exploring how a 2-dimensional painting can evolve into a 3-dimensional representation of its flat self.  Mimicking how the artwork would look like if it could evolve into a concrete object or alternatively recede back into the 2-dimensional plane.

Instead of observing a painting from one contemplative vantage point of view I’m allowing the viewer an inspection and exploration from different perspectives, revealing the innards and outer layers of the artwork beyond the boundaries of the wall. Narrating the story of the making and possible meanings behind the work.

 

Taking advantage of the front and back of the artist’s canvas frame, I use the canvas itself as both a surface and an object by sculpting or extending the canvas cloth beyond the frame of the painting. I combine linear drawing and 3-dimensional objects on, beneath or behind the canvas melding them into the painting, and use texture, paints, strong contours and color to emphasize the painting and transitions into relief and onto objects. This creates a hypothetical artistic equivalent in reliefs and freestanding sculptural paintings.

 

From the flat surface it can be or become:

revealed

illustrated

transported

incarnated

materialized

objectified

a simile

a reproduction

a relief painting

Retaining the painterly characteristics of its former self to be experienced in our environment and in our space as a realized painting.

I choose still life and art about art to portray these stories about paintings that materialize to a more realized form yet still retain their picturesque traits in the 3-dimensional world. The immediate subject matter and playfulness in my work is not the ends but the means to create the journey beyond the canvas for the viewer. These are the stories of where the artworks came from as paintings and what they could become if they leave the surface of the canvas and be realized into a 3-dimensional world as a virtual animation of their 2-dimensional painted form.

 

BIOGRAPHY 

Efrat Baler (born Jerusalem, Israel), is a multimedia 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 participated in over 30 group shows and 5 solo exhibitions in the US, Israel, and Germany, and her works are in private collections.  

 

* 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.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

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, Long Island 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 Artists 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

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

  • 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

 

PRESS:

 

 

  • 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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