Uri Nir (b.1976, Israel)

Uri Nir was born in 1976 in Israel and currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. He works in installation and video. Nir graduated from the UCLA MFA program in 2008 and from the Bezalel BFA program in 2001 with honors. Solo shows include Mommy at LaxArt, Los Angeles (2009), and Tropic of Pulse (2009) and Plantation (2005), both at Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv. Other exhibitions include Real Time, Art in Israel 1998 - 2008, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2008), Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On, An Exhibition of Contemporary Israeli Art, Chelsea Art Museum, New York (2005). Awards include the Israel Ministry of Education and Culture Prize for Young Artists (2006) and the Rabinowitz Foundation Grant (2005).Uri Nir's large-scale installations incorporate organic matter, constructed objects, video and photography. Instilling a sense of ambiguity between the art object and its location, Nir's work provokes a feeling of dislocation. His work explores the way that 'form is determined by matter', a fascination that leads to projects that seemingly submerge the exhibition space with layers and piles of shifting, borderless materials, such as sand. In these alternative, almost intangible landscapes, Nir's pieces investigate the rippling effect of a disturbed aesthetic.

Nir, Uri b.1976

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