"Past Future Perfect", Лондон, 2009

Галерея "22 Calvert", Лондон
Куратор Давид Торп
12.05 - 16.06.2009 г.

‘...Haim Sokol makes small sculptures and larger installations from the detritus of everyday life, from bits and pieces that he finds in the street and on rubbish tips. From these he constructs mini worlds that express his experience of living in a highly urbanised society that is pivoted on the brink of crisis. His experience as a Russian and as a Jew conflate to create an acuity that has developed as a bleak existential response to the environment. Born in the north of Russia, Sokol moved as a young adult to Israel and subsequently returned to Russia to work in Moscow. His experience of these two cultures and the stress of life within them ushered in a series of works that portray the plight of a person responding to the material environment in which they live and a global situation in which the state of the individual is contextualised by the greater political, social and ideological tussles that take place around them and over which they seem to have no control.

Sokol’s art is the art of the everyday where the ordinary has been poetically enhanced to accentuate the human condition as a microcosm of a violent and impersonalised world order. Sokol’s voice is expressed in letters written on sheets of rusty metal folded into aeroplanes that can never fly. His outlook onto the world is a window shuttered behind rusty iron curtains. His footpath is blocked by a dead dog. At the top of a rickety ladder sit a pair of tiny boots redolent of a child’s presence. They evoke a sprit of innocence and suggest an escape up out of a slough of despond. The boots are empty, no child is there; humanity is assigned to old metal buckets and baths. Soldiers are turned into toys, people reduced to participants in tiny theatres of war. The viewer may reflect upon history and time passing as depersonalised violence is turned into a metaphor for the philosophical plight of the individual. To view his sculpture and installations is to be admitted into an archive of which Sokol is the Keeper and in which personal and race memories are kept alive...’

David Thorp, Curator

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