NO WAY presents: WYSE + GABRIELY, and exhibition at the Neu Gallery on Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DP and runs daily 12pm – 7pm until 11 February 2014. This female duo from Israel present their work for the first time in the UK. The culmination of a close collaboration between art label NO WAY (London) and artists Aviya Wyse and Yaeli Gabriely (Haifa), the exhibition showcases the pair’s photographic, installation and video-performance work at one of East London’s best established galleries.
Though Wyse + Gabriely’s intriguing practice speaks in two distinct voices, their concerns are interwoven: their dialectical practice dissects the portrayal of modern ‘icons’; the complex role of the artist in photography as a medium today; and questions the fake
and fraudulent nature of our world as it is refracted through the illusory vision of the camera lens.
On a 6X6 format, Wyse chooses a fastidious, traditional method, to develop her chiaroscurist analogue images in darkroom, while Gabriely employs a laborious digital technique, conversely ‘stitching together’ a series of images in a kind of panorama, to produce the final seamless picture. By way of their juxtaposed working methods, the artists together create a compelling tension that confounds the viewer.
In the world today, we are used to a continual flow of manipulated images, oscillating endlessly before our eyes – images that are as easily forgotten as they are produced. Wyse plays with the rhythm of this infinite portraiture in her narrative, in her nameless female subjects – individuals who are strangers she approaches in the street, or on the bus – but offering an enigmatic, evolving and ultimately self-reflecting vision of the artist-photographer, who never appears but is always present in the image.
Gabriely meanwhile references the visual culture of advertising and fashion industries, but quickly unravels the viewer’s expectations: the artist herself appears as the most frequent subject, but by using her body as a site for experimentation, she inhabits many dismantled and manipulated forms, questioning the illusions and myths inherent not only in the creations of these industries: but by the false ideologies in our collective society.
On display at Neu work is intended as an immersive showcase of the WYSE + GABRIELY output, including an installation of the pair’s collaborative video work “Spitting”, “Face Lifting” and “Hugging”.
The exhibition is accompanied by the release of a unique limited edition ‘fanzine’ of the artists’ work, with text by Philippa Snow (Modern Matter, Kilimanjaro magazine) and creative direction and design by Johanna Bonnevier. Published by Identity Print and GF Smith the publication offers an engaging alternative presentation of the artist’s work.
Aviya Wyse and Yaeli Gabriely are graduates of the WIZO Academy, Israel. They are the recipients of the 2013 America Israel Foundation Scholarship Award and in 2014 present their work at the Inga Gallery, Tel Aviv, Neu Gallery, London and PINK CUBE