Last Wednesday I took a drive over to Santa Monica Art Studios to sneak a peak at the LA Mobile Arts Festival. I had the pleasure of running into Yossi Govrin as he was placing his art work outside the door of his studio. He took me inside and showed me a family of immense human statues adorn with chandeliers a sight of such whimsy and modern art my heart almost stopped beating. He was kind enough to let me take his picture among his treasured work. Thank you Yossi, it was an enormous pleasure for me.
Govrin has exhibited nationally and internationally, working in multiple media.
In the "Night Watch" series the sculptures relate directly to
"human conductivity" and are made from hemp and cement; emphasizing
the transient nature of humans and their environment, and a single mold
reflecting our common origin. The added elements such as chandeliers, stones,
and rope reintroduce the sense of individuality and uniqueness and resonate
across cultural and national boundaries. These themes are revisited in his
other series of work, such as "Sky Dancers", and "Random
He has been
awarded numerous commissions, among them a monument in honor of the late Prime
Minister, Yitzhak Rabin (installed in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv City Hall, the
site of the Prime Minster's assassination) and the bust of General James H.
Doolittle, placed at the Santa Monica Museum of Aviation.
Yossi Govrin conceived and designed his first art center, the Santa Monica Fine
Art Studios, located at 1834 Franklin Street. It arose out of a personal need
to obtain a work space with a sense of community that is inspiring, supportive,
and dynamic. Thus the 10,000 sq.ft studio was created to include 35 artist
studios, workshops/lectures as well as annual exhibitions.
dream in the making for many years, was that of an exhibition space devoted to
cutting edge contemporary art, with an invitational curatorial program. A place
to exhibit local and international artists, and to be a catalyst and educational
tool for the center and for the art community in large. This became Arena 1,
the gallery situated in the midst of the spacious artist studios. In 2003,
Yossi Govrin was joined by Sherry Frumkin to create the new and exciting Santa
Monica Art Studios, located in the heart of Santa Monica Airport."
Additional pictures from, http://yossigovrin.com/
Text from, http://www.santamonicaartstudios.com/yossi_bio.htm
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