Jerusalem-based professor and industrial designer Ezri Tarazi keeps it close to home in his new show at the Paradigma Gallery in Tel Aviv. The exhibition, Kalab is Isreali army slang for "close to home." The work is inspired by, "home objects made of battle souvenirs, such as vases made of bomb shells and ashtrays made of bullet shells," that are often found in Isreali civilian spaces. "Media Force," a shelving unit made of used ammunition boxes and "SoftReventment," a sofa constructed of sandbags clearly reflect Tarazi's intention.
The home becomes a "closed military zone" that in its comfort can diminish the natural defense mechanism. This exhibition raises the questions of security, anxiety, home and sense of security, at times when soldiers and civilians play equal part in the confrontation. This could be the confrontation with our enemies or the confrontation within us, between our primal behaviors and the tamed ones.
See more of Tarazi's work and details after the jump.
Cream Leader, 2011. Used Ammunition Boxes
Media Force, 2011. Iron, Used Ammunition Boxes, Powder Coating.
Red Leader Bookshelf, 2011. Used Wooden Ammunition Boxes, Iron.
Thermal Earth Coffee Table, 2011. Wood, Plexiglass.
Tired Tire Chandelier, 2011. Cotton, Resin, Steel.