Chicago Works:Assaf Evron

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  • A photograph of a light-colored rock formation shows a cross-section of sediment lines.
A photograph of a light-colored rock formation shows a cross-section of sediment lines.
  1. Long A photographic print of a desert scene features a rock formation against a blue sky on a sun-filled day. The formation is made up of layers of sediment colored in a range of cream, sand, tan, and umber. The sun rakes across the surface to reveal the texture of the rock and creates long shadows. The central sediment lines are squiggly, winding horizontally across the surface of the rock. Dark crevices appear at the base of the formation and small, dried-up vegetation grows sporadically across the rocky ground. It appears as though it could dried-up riverbed.
Assaf Evron, Untitled (Sodom and Gomorrah), 2018. Pigment print; 40 × 40 in
Image courtesy of the artist
Assaf Evron, Untitled (13 Hess St./17 Bar Ilan St., Herzliya), 2017. Painted plywood and magnets. 472 × 98 in
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Assaf Evron, Untitled (Zedekiah’s Cave), 2017 as part of On the Wall: Assaf Evron at Providence College Galleries. Image courtesy the artist and Providence College Galleries
Photo: Erik Gould


The MCA is pleased to present the first solo US museum exhibition of work by Assaf Evron (Israeli, b. 1977). Running concurrently with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the exhibition features new and recent works that dwell at the interstice of architecture, ornamentation, place, and image. A former photojournalist, Evron applies what he calls a “photographic logic”—his term for the camera’s ability to simultaneously document the resolutely volumetric world in all its plentitude and flatten it into an image—to subjects ranging from skyscrapers to underground quarries. Through acts of translation between three and two dimensions, the artist explores how built and natural environments reflect and influence our political, cultural, economic, and religious belief systems.

This exhibition includes new works based on the artist’s photographs of structures and spaces in both Israel and Chicago that feature the meander, a ubiquitous decorative motif derived from the natural curves of rivers and streams. Evron invites viewers to compare the historic and continued significance of decorative surfaces that meander and meet as images across the world, accruing new significance in each encounter.

The exhibition is organized by Charlotte Ickes, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow. It is presented in the Dr. Paul and Dorie Sternberg Family Gallery and Ed and Jackie Rabin Gallery on the museum’s third floor.


Generous support is provided by Sandra and Jack Guthman Chicago Works Exhibition Fund, Cari and Michael J. Sacks, and The Artis Grant Program.