from his exhibit "Cosmic Seeds"
Fink’s name has long been associated with a group of ‘Galilean’ sculptors who came to prominence in the 1980s. Most of them, women as well as men, were kibbutz members. Utilizing materials directly from their environment, such as basalt stone and olive wood, and drawing inspiration from local archeological finds as well as ancient myths, they produced objects akin to shrines, altars or primitive agricultural implements.
Hints that Fink had moved away from this group in an independent direction have surfaced only intermittently in the past decade; the reason being that his work was rarely seen in the main city centers; and scant publicity was accorded his occasional participation in stone sculpture symposia in Israel or abroad.
But here, under desert skies, we find Fink has become his own man. Setting aside his previous attachment to the local landscape and terrain, he now appears to be reaching, as it were, for the stars, offering up an ambitious 20-piece collection of sculptures, mostly in stone, inspired by his fantasies regarding the cosmos, its celestial bodies and galaxies.
In conversation, Fink admits that his representations of the cosmos are not based on scientific facts, but evolved only from his imagination. “Today” he says: “telescopic cameras take pictures of a world where explosions occurred millions of years ago. What we see no longer exists.” These vanished entities are represented in Fink’s works by a honeycomb of holes and spaces of differing diameters, drilled through his stone to various depths.
To read more go to: [http://www.midnighteast.com/mag/?p=2162]
To see more of Berny Fink’s sculpture and him working in his studio go to YouTube: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkvsEozN5KE]
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