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.