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Shahar Markus's works combine the mediums of performance, video and sculpture, and make use of organic, biodegradable materials. In this work, he documents the preparation of a gigantic portion of the Israeli street food known as Sabich, and scatters its components on a giant pita bread laid down on the floor. His bodily gestures are reminiscent of a Native-American ceremony or of Jackson Pollock's action paintings: the dripping sauces replace Pollock's paint drips, and the artist's hands stand in for the brushes. The sublime character of Abstract Expressionism is thus transformed into a vernacular, bodily, down-to-earth activity. This work, which is suffused with humor, undermines the self-important myth of the artist, and absurdly blurs the distinctions between the creative process and an everyday Israeli experience.

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 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

Sabich

Shahar Markus's works combine the mediums of performance, video and sculpture, and make use of organic, biodegradable materials. In this work, he documents the preparation of a gigantic portion of the Israeli street food known as Sabich, and scatters its components on a giant pita bread laid down on the floor. His bodily gestures are reminiscent of a Native-American ceremony or of Jackson Pollock's action paintings: the dripping sauces replace Pollock's paint drips, and the artist's hands stand in for the brushes. The sublime character of Abstract Expressionism is thus transformed into a vernacular, bodily, down-to-earth activity. This work, which is suffused with humor, undermines the self-important myth of the artist, and absurdly blurs the distinctions between the creative process and an everyday Israeli experience.

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis
 

 The CDA's archives are operating with the support of the Ostrovsky Family Fund and Artis