Sabich, 2006 (video still), video, 4: 35 minutes, sound, courtesy of the artist and Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv
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.
Born in Petah Tikva, Israel, 1971; lives and works in Tel Aviv