I met Amit three days before the opening of 'ID', our launch show at Display Gallery, London (closes 30th April). I had chatted to him online previously to persuade him to come to London, as to
our view, he had to be part of the show. He had certain commitments and it was not going to be straightforward as Amit lives between Germany and Israel, with frequent trips to a remote
Philippines island which has become a sanctuary to him. I am glad everything worked out at the end as his totems at the entrance are a real crowd magnet. Display Gallery is well located between
the law and financial districts in London, and Amit's exotic artwork act like magnetic gates to city escapism.
I was aware of Elan's riske, frequently off the mark, violent and sexual works. i didn't know what to expect when I first saw him at the gallery three days before ID's opening night, so I
approached him with caution just to be greeted by the most welcoming, shinny eyes and a personality that is like a giant hug. Amit is Zen in legs. But behind this apparently careless attitude
there is a real perfectionist that cares about every little detail of his art, and about the process. He worked hours on end until the very moments before the exhibition started. For the
uneducated eye, the job was almost done when the totems were stuck to the wall with tape on the first set up day, but afterwards they had to be carefully flattened, little by little, with blue
tag. He also painted shades using a projector, and the horizon line that all the sudden gave an incredible three dimensional perspective to the composition.
He involved a few of us on different jobs, at the same making us participants of some kind of ritual. He does exactly the same with disadvantaged kids from local school in Berlin next to his
studio. He told me how much he loves the experience and how much the kids enjoy it. A group becomes a community, a task becomes the discovery that is part of man to create beauty.
I was there, as hopeless as I am in any manual job, sticking art to a wall, happy as Larry, preoccupations forgotten, caught in the magical world or a man I now recognise as Amit Elan, the manic
Amit Elan was born on April 30, 1989 in Boston, USA. He was raised in Israel, where he attended Hamidrasha Arts Academy before fate brought him to Berlin- his home base since 2009. Amit’s
diverse body of work includes painting, performance art, mixed media installations, photography and comics. His work is characterized by a bold approach to materials and themes, combined with a
strong notion of sexuality, vulgarity, the physical presence and beautiful fragility of bodies. He is exploring the realms of stripping, spiritual shaman practices, city/nature, continuousness
and dreams. Amit has exhibited in many group exhibitions throughout Israel, Europe and Asia. In 2011 he has completed a six month “Tao Philippines” artist residency on a remote island in the
district of Palawan Philippines, in the South China Sea. In 2013-2015 he has published two graphic novels and has been involved in several different art related projects such as cooperation with
“Agora” and “Mica Moca” art collectives , and has worked as a journalist for the I.G.B.K a.RTISTS IN TRANSIT magazine.
Above: Agora collective - Project Space Festival Berlin - August 2015
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