Gidi Gilam (b. 1977), lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Gilam holds a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from Tel Aviv University (2006), and a bachelor’s degree from the Visual Communications Department at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (2010). In 2006 he was awarded a D.A.A.D. scholarship from the German government and in 2010 was a recipient of the Feldheim Award for Excellence in Visual Communication. His final project was exhibited at the Design Museum Holon (2011), and additional works are located in the Eisenberg Collection (U.S.A) and the Hollander Collection (France).
Until only recently, Gilam exhibited under the pseudonym ‘Signor Gi’, and was active mostly in the public sphere. His work was led by a persistent critical examination of the art scene in Israel and worldwide as well as an examination of the patterns of conduct and centers of power within the artistic community.
Today Gilam focuses on the combination of painting, video, and instillation; which he creates in his studio; a sort of research laboratory—a creative space for experimentation and error. Gilam’s works deal with the tensions between the act of observing and the perception of reality in the world of painting: an archive of photographs collected from different sources, mostly from the internet, are used to created digital collages.
Gilam recreates the image on canvas, and then transforms his paintings into three-dimensional installations. The new images are then added to his photo archive and become raw materials for future paintings. The transition between the different media exposes the complexities involved in the modes of human vision.
Gidi Gilam exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs in Israel and abroad: Memorial Museum, Curitiba (Brazil), Parte Art Fair, Sao Paulo (Brazil), Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel Aviv; Greenhouse gallery, Berlin; Grelle/Forelle gallery, Vienna; Lames gallery, St. Ploeten (Austria); OTCA gallery, Jaffa; Ilana Gur Museum, Jaffa; Nahum Gutman Museum, Tel Aviv; Ramat Gan Museum of Art, Ramat Gan (Israel), Fresh Paint Contemporary Art Fair, Tel Aviv and Alfred gallery, Tel Aviv. In 2011, he participated in the Artist Residency program “Peila” in Jaffa, and the Rabinovich Foundation Grant in 2015
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Selected Solo & Duo Exhibitions
The Past Is A Different Country (solo), Memorial Museum, Curitiba, Brazil
Irregular Act (solo), Galil Gallery, Akko
Death of Spring (duo), Binyamini House Gallery, Tel Aviv
Quiver (solo), Ramat Gan Museum of Art, Ramat Gan
Free (duo), Lames Culture House, St. Poelten, Austria
Cut by Demand (duo), Grille/Forelle Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Note to Self (solo) OTCA Gallery, Tel Aviv
Garden of Heavenly Delights (duo), Jaﬀa Art Salon, Tel Aviv
Selected Group Exhibitions
(upcoming) Pyrotechnics, Sadnaot Ha Amanim, Jerusalem
Gamma, Soma Gallery, Curitiba, Brazil
Soma Gallery Booth, Parte Contemporary Art Fair, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Independent Artists Booth, Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel Aviv
I Was Looking At You As You Were Looking At Me, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv
Prettimess, Old Municipality Museum, Tel Aviv
Head, Gabirol Artist House, Tel Aviv
Encounter+, Ilana Gur Museum, Tel Aviv
Sideluck, Alfred Gallery, Tel Aviv
Painting Forever, Salon 96, Tel Aviv
Note-Book, Old Municipality Museum, Tel Aviv
Grants, Awards & Publications
Mifal HaPais Artist Grant
Soma Gallery Residency, Brazil
Nicholas Ganz, Street Signs, Dokument Press Publication, Sweden
Feldhiem Award for Excellence in Visual Communication