Born in 1973 in St. Petersburg (Leningrad at the time); currently living in Jerusalem. After defending his doctoral dissertation in the area of colour science at the University of Leeds worked as a senior research scientist in Hewlett Packard Laboratories in Israel. In 2009, Boris left the technological research to pursue a career in art. Oicherman’s works are always intimately tied to their environment. As every environment is unique, the media, techniques and tools are always the outcome of the local research. Oicherman participated in exhibitions in Israel, US, Spain, Bulgaria, South Korea, Poland, and Croatia. He is the recipient of the Asia Pacific Fellowship of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea (2012), of the Artport Residency by the Ted Arison Family Foundation (2013-2014), and is a resident artist in the Faculty of Life Sciences in The Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2013-2014).
I photograph from the age of seventeen. As my practice progressed I became aware of the limitation of a photograph: the inescapable distance that the learned logic of symbols and language creates between the viewer and the image. I began exploring the limits of experience rather then the limits of the medium, and gradually transformed my practice from photography to what Robert Irwin called “site-conditioned art”: one that draws all its cues and reasons for existence from its environment.
As for now I almost do not work in the studio, but mostly create art in response to conditions on-site. My approach to an artwork is open: as the conditions in every environment are unique, I do not limit myself to any set of means and methods; the choice of tools is the outcome of the research I conduct locally. My focus is creation of art that is integrated with its environment, and aims to have consequences for it.
The focus on the environment - rather then on objects, stories and metaphors - allows me to deal with the world on its own terms, creating conditions where the public experiences the space on the most basic perceptual and emotional level, just as it does in the everyday life. Consequently, it calls for reconsideration of the cultural constructs that separate between fields of knowledge such as “science-art”, “nature-culture”. This practice is non-disciplinary: the distinctions between the disciplines are of no consequence here. They are of no consequence for the experiencers of the environment: people who live it in their everyday life are not concerned with the field of knowledge that has produced this or that element of it. Therefore they should be of no consequence for the practitioners who construct the environments, artists among them: any piece of knowledge and tool that are useful to solve a given problem must be used, regardless the discipline that has produced it. I would like to believe that this approach to practice can help create more livable spaces, and that the long-term public involvement on this level create conditions where people engage with the space more actively, learn it and, subsequently, take the responsibility over it.
- PhD (Colour Science), University of Leeds, Leeds, UK (2006);
- MSc Digital Colour Imaging, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, UK (2003);
- Computer programming, Sela College, Bnei Braq, Israel (2002);
- Printing Technologies Hadassah College of Technology, Jerusalem, Israel
- 2013-2014: Artist in Residence, Institute of Life Sciences, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
- 2013: Israeli Lottery Fund, production grant for participation in 9th Kaunas Biennal of Contemporary Art, Lithuania
- 2013-2014: Artport scholarship and residency, Ted Arison Family Foundation, Tel Aviv, Israel
- 2013: Step Beyond – EU travel grant for participation in the “Spajalica/Copula”, project of temporary public art interventions, “Softcontrol” program (EU), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia
- 2012: Asia Pacific Artists Fellowship, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea.
- 2012: Israeli Lottery Fund, production grant for one-person show “Between the Cloud and the Clock”, Art Currents Institute, New York, USA.