Reilly Gallery, Smith Center for the Arts

Public Reception: Thursday
6 PM–8 PM

On the Wall: Assaf Evron

On the Wall: Assaf Evron is the third installment in PC–G’s annual On the Wall series, which commissions immersive artworks applied directly to the walls of the gallery. This project is presented as part of an interdisciplinary initiative at the College to explore rich traditions and develop new scholarship around the mural as conceptual art form, and also marks the culmination arts programming organized in conjunction with Providence College’s Centennial.

For this ambitious project, artist Assaf Evron creates an immersive environment by utilizing his own photographs of Zedekiah’s Cave (also called Solomon’s Quarries) as a framework for imagery culled from École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem’s extensive photographic archive documenting the Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem since the origin of photography. Evron’s installation realizes a kind of photo-collage architecture composed of two-dimensional geometric shapes, or building blocks, enlarged, cut and arranged from wallpaper printed with the artist’s polychromatic landscape photography. Patterning and tiling the gallery walls with these building blocks, Evron simultaneously alludes to the layered structures and histories that make up the area, including the Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif, the legendary Damascus and Herrod’s Gates, and the Modernist modularity of post-WWII twentieth-century architecture. With a complex series of visual analogies between multiple sacred sites, diverse religious narratives and the modernity of the greater region, Evron’s project charts recurring forms and themes across a multitude of overlapping historical, cultural, and political narratives.

On the Wall: Assaf Evron is made possible with generous support provided by The Artis Grant Program, The Centennial Committee and School of Arts & Sciences at Providence College, The Department of Art & Art History, The Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and The Provost’s Office at Bridgewater State University, and The Service Bureau at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Assaf Evron (b. 1977) is an artist living and working in Tel Aviv and Chicago. Evron’s recent solo and two-person shows have been exhibited at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Andrew Rafacz Gallery in Chicago and Andrea Meislin Gallery in New York. Recent commissions include projects for the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Israeli Pavilion at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale, and the reinvention of the Dov Karmi Exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. He was awarded the Gerard Levy Prize by the Israel Museum in 2012, and the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Education Prize for Young Artists in 2010. Evron holds a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a masters degree from The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University.

Assaf Evron, “Untitled (Digital Collage Study),” 2016. Courtesy the artist.

Untitled archival image, 1925-1930. Courtesy École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem.