A Form of View by Yoav Friedlander

Issue 96

My work presents a chaotic perception of an “Americanized Israeli”; composed of American culture, desert landscapes and war. It is based on the recognition that reality is mediated through images as we experience many aspects of our world through photographs and not in person. In this body of work I mix images of Scale models I build with landscapes I photograph. The models are recreations of memories, collective and personal, places I saw only through photographs and other places I could only see in photographs due to restricted access. Like photographs this scale models share an indexical relation to the origin. I make them, and photograph them with the intent that they will echo the realism of the original and bare the illusion of the photograph. While Photographs refer to reality my models refer to the images that represent that reality. Both enable external observation of a reality through its copy.  

At times we find ourselves confused when the real seems to be different from how it should be according to its own image. It seems as if ever since the invention of the photograph, reality has become augmented by its own image.

Yoav Friedlander lives and works in Queens, New York.  
To view more of Yoav's work, please visit his website.

Taconic State Pkwy, New York

Taconic State Pkwy, New York

 
The Flooded Room, Queens, New York

The Flooded Room, Queens, New York

 
Chicago’, Urban Warfare Training Facility, Tze’elim Base, Israel

Chicago’, Urban Warfare Training Facility, Tze’elim Base, Israel

 
Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

 
Memories From Gaza, Terror Tunnel

Memories From Gaza, Terror Tunnel

 
A House Within the Forest Trees, Ausable Chasm, New York

A House Within the Forest Trees, Ausable Chasm, New York

 
Camera Lucida

Camera Lucida

 
Army Picnic, Queens, New York

Army Picnic, Queens, New York

 
Manhattan, Forest Park, New York

Manhattan, Forest Park, New York

 
The Fallen Soldier, Queens, New York

The Fallen Soldier, Queens, New York

 
The Aftermath

The Aftermath

 
The Dead Sea, Israel

The Dead Sea, Israel

 
9/11

9/11

 
Interrogation Room, Queens, New York

Interrogation Room, Queens, New York

 
A Dead Sea View, The Dead Sea, Israel

A Dead Sea View, The Dead Sea, Israel

 
Precious Stone

Precious Stone