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Richie Israel
updated: 10/14/2011
website: www.richieisrael.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Luminous Gathering
Luminous Gathering 2
Luminous Gathering 3
Luminous Gathering 4
Mirrorland
LAST COAST
Fleeting Festivals- 158 Rivington Street
Fleeting Festivals - 392 Jefferson Avenue
Fleeting Festivals -  1000 5th Avenue
Fleeting Festivals - 164 Allan Street
Fleeting Festivals - 62 Rivington Street
Drawings From Microscopes - A Death in the Factory
Drawings From Microscopes - Blind
Drawings From Microscopes - Erotic Rotunda
Drawings From Microscopes - Home is a Railroad Track
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, abstract, architecture, figurative
 
 
Luminous Gathering  by Richie Israel
Luminous Gathering
Photograph, (of people, and sculpture)
January 2011
20" x  20" 
Luminous Gathering 2 by Richie Israel
Luminous Gathering 2
photograph
2011
20" x  20" 
Luminous Gathering 3 by Richie Israel
Luminous Gathering 3
Photographic image
2011
20" x  20" 
Luminous Gathering 4 by Richie Israel
Luminous Gathering 4
Photaographed (people and sculpture
2011
20" x  20" 
Mirrorland by Richie Israel
Mirrorland
photograph collage, image: costumed figures, mirror edge, reflection of sky
2011
20 " x  20 "  x 20 " 
LAST COAST by Richie Israel
LAST COAST
photograph collage, image: costumed figures in boat, ink drawing, table salt, tape
2011
23" x  17" 
Fleeting Festivals- 158 Rivington Street by Richie Israel
Fleeting Festivals- 158 Rivington Street
wax pencil and ink
2009
26 " x  17 " 
Fleeting Festivals - 392 Jefferson Avenue by Richie Israel
Fleeting Festivals - 392 Jefferson Avenue
wax pencil and ink
2009
26 " x  17 " 
Fleeting Festivals -  1000 5th Avenue by Richie Israel
Fleeting Festivals - 1000 5th Avenue
wax pencil and ink
2009
26 " x  17 " 
Fleeting Festivals - 164 Allan Street by Richie Israel
Fleeting Festivals - 164 Allan Street
wax pencil and ink
2008
26 " x  17 " 
Fleeting Festivals - 62 Rivington Street by Richie Israel
Fleeting Festivals - 62 Rivington Street
wax pencil and ink
2009
26 " x  17 " 
Drawings From Microscopes - A Death in the Factory by Richie Israel
Drawings From Microscopes - A Death in the Factory
wax pencil and ink
2008
19 " x  18 " 
Drawings From Microscopes - Blind by Richie Israel
Drawings From Microscopes - Blind
wax pencil and ink
2009
23" x  23" 
Drawings From Microscopes - Erotic Rotunda by Richie Israel
Drawings From Microscopes - Erotic Rotunda
wax pencil and ink
2008
25 " x  25 " 
Drawings From Microscopes - Home is a Railroad Track by Richie Israel
Drawings From Microscopes - Home is a Railroad Track
wax pencil and ink
2008
13 " x  13 " 

Artist Statement

      Artists statement for Drawings:

 

      The Drawings of Richie Israel are imagined architectural visions imbued with the glories of social and textural terrains. Drafted with psychological precision, the drawings suggest mysterious and unknown human aberrations, unseen worlds, and gestures of bodily presences. They are representations of the imperceivable fields of space which only our imaginations can inhabit.


Artist statement for Luminous Gathering:

People photographed doing the action they like to do the most, wearing a similar outfit, gathered together into a landscape, where they become a collective celebration of their own independent pleasures.

 

Artist statement for Fleeting Festivals:


      The Fleeting festivals are a set of seven drawings which invite the transformation of banal urban spaces into a realm of chaotic human discourse. Taken from measured interiors throughout New York City, The Fleeting Festivals" are propositions for a radical realization of the space in the sense of it's theatre and humor. Heavily emphasized by a single color, one which implies caution, insanity and mystery, the parading bodies are depicted as one cultural mass, for cultural, in its grand fluidity, excites the greatest impact on the spaces we inhabit ourselves into. Any space no matter how generic or mundane, can with the coordination of thought, become extraordinary.


      Artist Statement for Drawings from Microscopes:


      PROCESS

      1. Look through the lens of the microscope.
      2. Draw what you see.
      3. Introduce an event into the drawing.

      Drawings from microscopes is an aesthetic process that lets the fantasy of an unreachable terrain become available to the physical mechanics of the eyes, which could ordinarily not perceive a world as such. To introduce an event into this terrain is to redefine he imperceptible texture as a plausible space to imagine being.

      Seven samples were extracted from various countries and dispersed parts of America. Each sample acts as an isolated abstraction of the place and its physical material. This microscopic process expands the conceptual macroscopic size which one knows of the world, a world where the emotive nature of imagination is rooted as part of its grain.

Artist Bio / CV

       Richie J. Israel: Biography

 

      Born in Paoli Pennsylvania, 1982, Richie Israel is an architect/artist based in New York City. His work has been an ongoing investigation of social forms of architecture and the performative act. In his public propositions, he has developed an autonomous sense of play through self liberating structures and ideas. This can be first seen in "Chimera" (2005), a multi-musician performance spread out through the tunnels of Prospect Park for one orchestrated simultaneous act. His architectural propositions, such as "The Fleeting festivals" invites the transformation of banal urban spaces into a realm of chaotic human discourse. His other architectural designs, such as "Community Poem" (2006) reclaims an entire sidewalk block for the use of uniquely characterized mobile wheeled carts that can be rolled together into one tented structure. In a more grand proposal, such as "The Society for Harmonic Artifice", Richie Israel envisioned a collaborative building space where musicians and composers constructed physical vessels that shelter their songs, giving them full control over the sound and the way in which one navigates through their music.

       In 2008 he collaborated with writers, actors and directors to produce a three act theatre play of which he fully designed the architectural set, one depicting fragments of seventh floor rooms. Shortly after, he was commissioned by IVAM, the Museum for Contemporary Art in Valencia, Spain to create the "Suitcase of Desire", a suitcase built of Yew wood that unfolds itself into a throne for a theatrical performance, suggesting a traveling conscience. The performance was received greatly and the prop was acquired into the permanent collection of the museum. In the presence of these works, one can see a clear commitment of Richie Israel to the invitation of social arts into the territories of public architecture.