Art on a wall is just art on a wall: it doesn’t necessarily do anything–it just is. You observe it, you think about it, you allow it to change your space: you don’t interact with it and, certainly, you never change it. Moshé Elimelech doesn’t think it has to be that way, though. The designer and artist has made a living by creating pieces that are “interactive.” That sounds dumb but, really, it’s not. His art is just something that changes and is not static: Moshé’s work literally becomes what you make it.
Now, this isn’t done by you actually creating art, no–you just act as a designer of sorts, tweaking his pieces to how you like them to be or to reflect whatever you want. You see, Moshé creates what he calls Arrangements, which are shadow boxes that he makes with small cubes within them, each one painted with a different design on each face. Your job is to rearrange the cubes, turning their faces around, creating countless numbers of pieces.
It’s quite an ingenious way of making and sharing art, which he is very much obsessed with: his watercolors very minutely trace lines, little squares peeping through the black every now and again, and his installations apply this artistic science to a room, using painted walls and mirrors to arrange (you can see what I mean below). His work is always incredibly clean, as if he produced them and then, with an obsessively compulsive eye, cleaned them to be these clean, muted pieces. They’re also so incredibly simple and really cater to the ever growing audience in the art and design intersection.
For more on Moshé’s work, you can catch him at two places in town: his Arrangements are up at LA ArtCore Gallery for the whole of February and L2Kontemporary Gallery has a show up now through some of February entitled Geometric Graphics.