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A broken dream, violence and the search for ‘self’ laid the basis for a new art exhibition which has just finished running at the Dresdner Gallery in Jaffa. The Chief of Stuff invites one and all to witness the self-exploration of the artist as his dream of becoming an Israeli Defence Forces Sergeant ends in failure, to his dismay but the Israeli art scene’s delight.
Itamar Gilboa, in his first Israeli exhibition and the ‘Chief’ of the title, discusses the vast feelings of a man exploring the dislocation of identity, simultaneously portraying the simplicity of emotions within the ambivalence of life itself. “I am the starting point” says Gilboa, referring to his video art in particular, where he performs actions on screen, dressed in Sergeant uniform.
His art focuses on violent and masculine Samurai warriors, depicted in
subdued colours, which he believes serves as an appropriate metaphor
for his own mysterious journey into self-discovery. “It is searching
your mind and turning it into a reality”. He told The
that the show was a “very successful portrayal
of his work,” with most of the pieces displayed being sold.
Despite the authenticity of his work, Gilboa only commenced his study
of art as recently as nine years ago, when he moved to the Gerrit
Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, leaving behind a successful career in
Hi-Tech Telecommunications. However, after the death of his father, he
decided to turn his focus to the sense of dislocated identity he felt
as an Israeli living in Holland, and the feeling of conflict in either
continuing his study of art in Holland, or “facing his demons” in
Israel. He co-authored a fiction book with his mother, which
strengthened their relationship following his father’s death and which
also, he believes, strengthened his belief in himself and his art.
Gilboa’s art is full of variety, reflecting his own feeling of his
absorption with life, death and identity. He seeks to discover the
minority of lost people who do not always settle so easily, having to
progressively settle physically and emotionally over time. His use of a
diverse set of materials, such as wall installations, oil on canvas,
mixed media and interior design provide the audience with appoint of
comprehension for his art – it is by giving his audience numerous
options to enjoy his art that he believes makes his message so readily
However, it is not only his innate artistic talent, but additionally
his business acumen which gives his the edge in the cut-throat art
world. “For every ninety-nine that says no to me, there will always be
one who says yes.”
Still regarded as a young and highly ambitious artist, he says that it
is his own lost dream of an Army life which inspires him to explore his
complex visions of an Israeli expat living in Europe.
It is this delicate balance which makes his art so versatile and
vulnerable. A confused man, searching for himself, for meaning, for
answers, makes this a universal subject matter for all – in any one
piece alone, there are a multitude of emotions present, ranging from
rage to humour. But it is through this strong, constructed, sense of
identity that has made this artist the true “Chief of his Stuff.”
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