Peleg Dishon “What Makes Things Fly”


poster for Peleg Dishon “What Makes Things Fly”
[Image: Peleg Dishon "Plan drawing of the big kite for the exhibition"]

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Peleg Dishon uses paper as a core material in his artwork. Influenced by the culture of Jewish paper cutouts, he finds links between his work materials and artistic methods in Japanese crafts. This was the motivation for him to apply for the artist-in-residency program “Japan–Israel AIR Project Yamakiwa / Waitingroom”.

Dishon refers to the book “Jerusalem Rebuilt: A Daydream” written in 1918 by Boris Schatz. It describes Jerusalem one hundred years from then (in 2018) as a futuristic, Zionist utopia. Schatz proposes Japan, which he perceived as a nation basing its foreign trade on exporting fine art, as a model for his Utopian society. In “What Makes Things Fly,” Dishon constructs a traditional Edo kite that combines Japanese and Jewish motifs and addresses the story of Jerusalem’s rebuilding as bringing these two cultures together.

For this exhibition, Dishon will create a large main kite, pop-up booklets describing ancient Jerusalem, and ten small kites. Small Rukkaku kites originating in Niigata Prefecture will be created together with locals in Yamakiwa, Niigata as part of the residency program and will be made of a special Chinese calligraphic cloth. Visitors in the exhibition are welcome to draw or write on the kites. What they have drawn will dry out and disappear, as if flying like the colors of the kites in the stories.

During his stay in Yamakiwa, Dishon received 100 sheets of 100-years-old handmade paper from a local paper maker who had heard his story. This precious gift is going to be used by Dishon to create his traditionally handcrafted Edo kite and will bring together the traditional Jewish paper cutout and the art of Japanese kite decoration, according to Schatz’s vision.



from December 01, 2018 to December 23, 2018
Closes at 17:00 on Sundays. Open on December 23.

Opening Reception on 2018-12-01 from 18:00 to 20:00


Peleg Dishon



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