Hand painted stainless steel and sand, site-specific installation, size vary.
Blackfield is a space-specific floor installation, containing up to 27.000 steel etched flowers deriving from 19th Century Victorian encyclopaedias. The work reflects over notions such as perception and perspective, and in its delicate modesty the installation brings up powerful questions regarding life and death.
“This breathtaking installation… presents a graphically stunning opposition between Edenic and the ashen…”
Leah Ollman, ‘Critics’ Choices’, Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2009
“Zadok Ben-David mesmerising at Shoshana Wayne Gallery”
Laura Gatewood, LA Fine Arts Examiner, April 30, 2009
“…Blackfield thus blossoms from a two-dimensional still-life drawing into three-dimensional landscape,
fluttering with suggestions of life and death, paradise and cataclysm.”
Roni Feldman, ‘Blackfield’, The Magazine, August 2009
"The miniature flowers in Ben-David's work are far from Realism, each in its own right and all as an unfeasible ensemble
where plants, based on florea from different climate stand together in a harmony of displaced entities.
They form a field of dream and reflection, a place the viewer may not grasp but cannot escape"
Smadar Sheffi - Art Critic for al-Haaretz Newspaper in Tel Aviv
2020 Columbia Circle, Shanghai, China
2019 Riverside Art Museum, Beijing, China
2018 Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
2016 Kenpoku Art Festival, Iberaki, Japan
2014 National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana
2012 Mysteski Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine
2011 Artclub 1563, Seoul, Korea
2009 Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2009 Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
2008 Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Photo credit - Russel Wong, Avi Hai, Meidad Sochowolsky, Gene Ogami, Rana Begum, Soupdemots.