Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Moshé Elimelech: Master of Illusion, Master of Possibilities

MOSHE ELIMELECH: MASTER OF ILLUSION, MASTER OF POSSIBILITIES:  In the world of Iraeli-born -- and now Los Angeles-based -- artist Moshé Elimelech, nothing is what it seems. For at any moment it can change and everything shifts: colors, shapes, perceptions. And the possibilities within those make you think just a little bit different too, stretching the envelope of what is possible in a work of art that starts out in Elimelech's mind and in his control of color and shapes, but ends up in the hands and in the imagination of the viewer to become whatever that viewer wants to perceive it as -- and there's not much artwork out there that has such a relationship.  Which is why we at Studio of Style were totally intrigued by this unique conceptual art -- but we certainly weren't surprised to learn that Elimelech has spent his life exploring a variety of mediums, including drawing, gouache, oil, watercolor and acrylic paints in his investigation of "formal" elements as his foundation in design, or that he is a recipient of the Windsor Newton award bestowed by  the Watercolor West Society, or that he once was assistant to internationally renowned artist Yaakov Agam -- such is Elimelech's immense energy, talent and that most precious of all artistic commodities: passion. His current body of work is broken out into the categories of arrangements, watercolors and installations. Having just come off of two exhibitions in January and February of this year ("Arrangements" at LA Artcore; and "Geometric Geographics" at L2Kontemporary) and now just having released a 60-page monograph Reflections and Arrangements (shown above, lower right), Elimelech is currently at work on a new watercolor series inspired by Runyon Canyon, one of L.A.'s best and beloved sites for running, walking and viewing nature -- as well as organizing exhibitions of his work in Europe.  Visitors to Elimelech's colorful, multi-layered website can actually experience his movable cube arrangement by creating arrangements of their own -- how cool is that? Perhaps there is something that we can learn from Elimelech's work and apply to our lives right now: be colorful, ever-changing and open to possibilities! We love it!
Images courtesy the artist