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Hand painted stainless steel and sand, site-specific installation, size variable.

Blackfield is a space-specific floor installation, containing up to 27,000 steel etched flowers derived from 19th Century Victorian encyclopaedias and, more recently, botanical illustrations from the archived collection at Kew Gardens, London. The work reflects 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

“Zadok Ben-David mesmerising at Shoshana Wayne Gallery”

- Laura Gatewood, LA Fine Arts Examiner

“…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, The Magazine

"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, al-Haaretz Newspaper, Tel Aviv

Selected Exhibitions:

2021    Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, UK

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, Kazakhstan

2012    Mystetskyi Arsenal National Art and Culture Museum, Kyiv, Ukraine
2011    Artclub 1563, Seoul, South Korea
2009    Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2009    Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
2008    Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia



Photo credit - Russel Wong, Avi Hai, Meidad Sochowolsky, Gene Ogami, Rana Begum, Soupdemots.

Zadok Ben David   Blackfield Tel Aviv Medium Short Quality version2 2010 SV

Zadok Ben David Blackfield Tel Aviv Medium Short Quality version2 2010 SV

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