At Fifteen by Fiona Biberstein

by Keren Goldberg | 05.06.16

‘How Rare is Rare’, 2016, installation shot, at fifteen

At Fifteen is a new platform for art. It is a gallery, but without a permanent space. It mounts shows, but it does not represent a fixed roster of artists. This free spirited child was conceived by Fiona Biberstein only a year ago, with a desire to exhibit emerging international artists, “to bring the outside in in order to bring the inside out”, as she puts it. Using the popular passion for pop ups, Biberstein explores a new model for experiencing and purchasing art, in which the space lends itself to the work, rather than dominating it. Freed from the constraints of representing artists, she intends to focus on group thematic shows, rather than the familiar format of a gallery solo show.


‘Becoming the Image’, at fifteen, installation shot, 2015

Indeed, Biberstein’s first project was a group show called Becoming the Image, including works by Jessica Mein, Joseph Montgomery and Patricia Treib, in a rusty space in the southern Noga neighborhood. It explored the possibilities and boundaries of current day painting, through consideration of the verbal form of the word.

William Anastasi, Without Title (WD)

‘Without Title’, Walking Drawings, William Anastasi, 2010

Currently, one may find At Fifteen in a tiny street level space in Neve Tzedek, hosting a duo show called How Rare is Rare, by American artist William Anastasi and Polish arist Gizela Mickiewicz. The combination of the two artists, one is a well established male artist, a highly-regarded figure in American Minimalism and Conceptualism, and the other an up-and-coming female artist, is surprisingly seamless, as their works communicate aesthetically and conceptually.


‘Negotiating Distant Memories’, Gizela Mickiewicz, 2016

Anastasi’s small ‘Walking Drawings’ and ‘Subway Drawings’ (2010-2012), done, respectively, while walking and riding the subway, maintain a kind of remarkable abstract unity. Mickiewicz’s wall and floor sculptures fill the space with their austere formality. Using traditional or industrial materials such as wood, clay, glass and steel, Mickiewicz’s creates her own lexicon of textures. Under poetic titles such as Areas of One’s Own Indifference or Breathing the Refusal In (both 2016), the works bare a delicate and at times playful air.


‘Breathing the Refusal In’, Gizela Mickiewicz, 2016

'Relationship with Gone Things', Gizela Mickiewicz, 2016

‘Relationship with Gone Things’, Gizela Mickiewicz, 2016

How Rare is Rare on at At Fifteen until 9th June at  Neve Tsedek Street 5, Tel Aviv. Opening hours: Tue -Thu 12:00– 17:00; Fri – Sat: 11:00–14:00; or by appointment.


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