Fattal’s sculptural works incorporate vintage objects culled from Berlin flea markets that make reference to themes as varied as personal nostalgia, political history, notions of gender roles and degrees of erotica.
Placed in vitrines atop elegantly modern pedestals, their shapes reflected infinitely within the vitrines’ mirrored walls, these objects assume another layer of significance and are elevated from mundane personal effects to the realm of historical artifacts. Fattal’s use of lighting fixtures from the 60’s and 70’s, acquired from East Berlin estate sales, illuminates these assemblages from within, adding further to the sense of preciousness that his sculptures connote.
Allusions to the minimalism of artists such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin are prevalent in Fattal’s work, which transform banal, seemingly archaic items into fetish objects, revealing an underlying sexual nature. Fattal also appropriates imagery pulled from historical archives and incorporates it into his three-dimensional work.
Amir Fattal was born in Tel Aviv in 1978. He was recently awarded the prestigious Berlin Senate Scholarship Visual Arts (Berliner Senat Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst) and was also the recipient of the 2008 GASAG forder Prize, for which his work was exhibited at the Berlinsche Galerie. Recent exhibitions include Statics and the movement in between, MK Galerie Berlin; First
Service at the Schwules Museum, Berlin; and Dark Side II, curated by Urs Stahel, at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich; Three Man show Fabrice Gygi, Brock Enright and Amir Fattal, COMA Gallery, Berlin and Just Different, curated by Frank Wagner at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen, Holland.
Fattal has also been the directing curator of Tape Modern, an off-space exhibition series in Berlin since 2008, for which he has, to date, organized 19 large-scale group exhibitions. The artist lives and works in Berlin.
*Photography by Marcus Schneider