Q: If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Kerry James Marshall, who is a always a great inspiration
Q: What is the most valuable thing you own?
Q: What other career would you have pursued if it wasn’t art?
I almost ended up being a programmer in the hi-tech industry, but there wasn’t a real chance for that happening, I think there is no other career possible for me, I mean, no matter what I would have done, I would always do art. It’s something that is not possible for me not to do.
Gidi Gilam is a visual collector - everything that attracts him, be it instagram posts, urban landscape pictures, advertisement, pictures from his personal life etc., becomes part of an ever growing archive of images from which he uses fragments of these images to create a collage - a pre-painting structure of composition and color, as if he is extracting quotations from a text. The choices the artist makes, the cutting and editing of the images, create a different dialogue between the composition elements making the hierarchies of the original images to be absent. This is the first step to all his paintings. In his painting, Gilam flattens the image so as to eliminate all hierarchies and thus enables the viewer to create a new interpretation of the painting.
Gilam’s works deal with the tensions between the act of observing and the perception of reality in the world of painting. In this sense, Gilam asks the viewer to be suspicious of any set of given social perceptions and to think about the act of viewing a painting as a process.
Gidi Gilam (b. 1977) studied History & Philosophy at the University of Tel Aviv and Visual Communication in Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem. He exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs around the world: Memorial Museum, Curitiba (Brazil), Parte Art Fair, Sao Paulo (Brazil), Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel Aviv (Israel); Lettretage gallery, Berlin (Germany); Soma gallery, Curitiba (Brazil) Lames gallery, St. Ploeten (Austria); OTCA gallery, Jaffa; Ilana Gur Museum, Jaffa; Nahum Gutman Museum, Tel Aviv; Ramat Gan Museum of Art, Ramat Gan and Alfred gallery, Tel Aviv (Israel). He is the recipient of D.A.A.D. scholarship, Feldheim Award of Excellence, Rabinovich Foundation Grant and National Lottery of Israel Grant for the Arts.