Ronen Gamil

2022 Aim Fellow

Biography

Working in installation, I assemble colorful, mixed-media objects of steel and copper wire, aluminum drinking cans, wood, and fabrics. My goal is to draw connections between the plights of both human and non-human animals and to blur divisions and established hierarchies between these two groups that coinhabit this Earth.

In one installation, twenty-four miniature tents are collaged of aluminum cans and sleek plexiglass grid compositions. In another, an immersive, neighborhood map tapestry marks sites of high-end buildings layered with stripe patterns from my ethnicity as a Yemeni. Another example is a series of passages through long, eye-height, horizontal fabric bands confining audiences to experience border control while celebrating migrant diversity.

I strive to generate expansive discussions on an inequitable social and environmental world order. In my research-guided practice, I focus on relationships between three topics: affordable housing for humans, habitat for non-human animals, and migration experiences of both humans and wildlife.

Bright colors often invite audiences to contemplate layered questions in my installations and sculptures. Contrast between form and content plays a key role: colorful surfaces manifest in stark distinction to the darkness of subject matter. This inconsistency playfully misleads audiences to grapple with unpleasant, uncomfortable social or ecological realities.

Artist Statement

Working in installation, I assemble colorful, mixed-media objects of steel and copper wire, aluminum drinking cans, wood, and fabrics. My goal is to draw connections between the plights of both human and non-human animals and to blur divisions and established hierarchies between these two groups that coinhabit this Earth.

In one installation, twenty-four miniature tents are collaged of aluminum cans and sleek plexiglass grid compositions. In another, an immersive, neighborhood map tapestry marks sites of high-end buildings layered with stripe patterns from my ethnicity as a Yemeni. Another example is a series of passages through long, eye-height, horizontal fabric bands confining audiences to experience border control while celebrating migrant diversity.

I strive to generate expansive discussions on an inequitable social and environmental world order. In my research-guided practice, I focus on relationships between three topics: affordable housing for humans, habitat for non-human animals, and migration experiences of both humans and wildlife.

Bright colors often invite audiences to contemplate layered questions in my installations and sculptures. Contrast between form and content plays a key role: colorful surfaces manifest in stark distinction to the darkness of subject matter. This inconsistency playfully misleads audiences to grapple with unpleasant, uncomfortable social or ecological realities.

The Best is Yet to Come, 2020
The Best is Yet to Come, Detail View, 2020
Threshold, 2019
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