TELAVIVIANS | ARTIST SPOTLIGHT | OHAD MATALONby Dalit Nemirovsky | 01.04.13
Ohad Matalon, 40, photographer
Current place of residence – Tel Aviv
Tell me a little about your art –
One of the main aspects of my work over the last few years has been an attempt to debate and rethink the means in which photographic works are presented and viewed. This debate tries to create experiences that confront the viewer with the vulnerable and unstable state of contemporary images and their complex ontological status, while paralleling these images with reflection on artistic photography as a commodity. Another central aspect of my work is an ongoing dialogue with other mediums such as sculpture, painting and performance. With the use of digital techniques, I expand the variety of actions that take place during the creation of my photographs by adding acts of sculpting, acting, performing, or textualizing that occur prior to or during the act of photography.
What inspires you?
Other people’s creations, Meditation, conversations with my students, blurry moments between sleep and awakeness, the desert, forgetting to eat or sleep.
Five words that describe your lifestyle?
Contradictory, monastic, passionate, planned, chaotic.
Which artists inspire you?
Their are so many, here is a partial list –
Music: Mauricio Kagel, Coco Rosie, Meiko Kaji, Habiluim and Arnold Schoenberg.
Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky, Catherine Breillat, Lars Von Trier, Abbas Kiarostami and Avi Mograbi.
Artists: Ryan Trecartin, Gabriel Orozco, Thomas Ruff, Nachum Teveta and Eytan ben Moshe.
Writers: Boris Groys, Jorge Luis Borges, Jacques Derrida, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Paul Celan.
What are your future plans?
To spend next summer in New York and a Solo exhibition in the Tel Aviv museum of Art opening October 2014.
What do you love about Tel Aviv?
That it is a lot like me; full of contradictions. And that I can find myself in it in every mood.
If you could change one thing in Tel Aviv – what would it be?
To be practical – I want a subway here. If not, then to move Tel Aviv to the desert.