A multi-disciplinary artist, born in Haifa, 1980, currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Avissar gained his B.F.A and M.F.A at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel and since then has been creating large-scaled textile installations and videos. A selected list of his solo exhibitions includes museums and galleries in Israel and abroad; the Nahum Gutman Museum, Tel Aviv (2015); Kibbutz Be'eri Gallery (2014) and Rupert Pfab Gallery, Dusseldorf; Kunstverein Leipzig (2011).
His works are often featured in group exhibitions and video screenings, among them at KARST contemporary art venue, Plymouth; Flux Factory, NY (2015); Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv (2014); Museum of Sculpture Glaskasten Marl (2013); Museum Schloss Moyland (2012); Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf (2011); Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; Substitut Gallery, Berlin (2009) and the Biennial of Visual Arts, Varna (2008).
Avissar is the recipient of The Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport Prize for Young Artists (2012); The Rabinovich Art Foundation Award (2012, 2010) and the Isracrard and Tel Aviv Museum Prize for Israeli Artist (2010). His works are kept in in private and institutional collections such as the Sammlung PHILARA, Düsseldorf; the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; Ashdod Art Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
My practice fluctuates between object-making and performance. Sculpture, installation, and video performance are my main tools for uncovering the work's flesh, as well as my own. My process includes a deep investigation into materials and movement, as I turn every work inside out, rearranging it in intense and colourful compositions.
I create most of my installations while residing in the workspace for long periods of time, using the space's characteristics as my temporary boundaries. I work in an existential state of nomadism, which is key to my practice of creating unfixed environments that I perceive as places to build, reside in, and finally transform.
My work in the studio is almost like that of a one man factory engaged in mass production. I collect remnants of fabric, paper, wood, cardboard, and plastic materials that are available everywhere. These materials are stitched and assembled into shapes that will later become objects. This action is on the verge of compulsion; creation deriving from fear of being emptied out. My motivation is working, not only as a process, but more inherently as subject matter.