Nadav Assor, Ira Eduardovna, Amnon Wolman, Nevet Yitzhak

September 18 – November 30, 2014
Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Guest Curator: Liora Belford

Tuesday to Friday, 12 PM – 6 PM
 | Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM
Closed Mondays and statutory holidays | Admission is FREE

Click here for the digital exhibition publication featuring an essay by Liora Belford and a video tour of the exhibition by Lee Henderson

Derived from an old parable, the term PARDES, meaning ‘orchard’ in Hebrew, has come to symbolize the realm of Jewish mysticism. In the legend entitled Four Entered the Orchard, four great sages who enter the esoteric practice meet different fates: one dies, one loses his mind, and one forsakes the Jewish tenets. Only one enters in peace and leaves in peace.

Developed by Toronto-based curator Liora Belford, PARDES brings together four Israeli sound and multi-media artists to investigate notions of mysticism, heresy and the occult from secular perspectives, as they relate to contemporary society. With new and recent works, they examine the mythological aspirations of military technologies, gender ideologies within ritual practices, the collapse of conventional social models, and the impact of marginalized voices on mainstream cultural traditions.

Drawing a parallel to the machine-like Ophanim angels, Nadav Assor examines the obscure undercurrents of drone development – ambitions of unbridled motion, omnipresent vision and remote-controlling power. Amnon Wolman explores gender in Judaism with a sound-embedded prayer shawl, while his sculptural audio book transcends language, lifting it to a different form of expression. Ira Eduardovna’s audio/visual piece juxtaposes chorus-sung reflections on the Apocalypse to a TV sitcom-inspired family scene – a comment on society’s decline and ideologies crumbling. Nevet Yitzhak’s audio/video installation processes archival recordings from the Israel Broadcasting Authority Arabic Orchestra (1948-1993), creating a new composition based on marginalized traditions.

Through a variety of media and artistic approaches, PARDES explores the myth of concealment and mystery that shrouds the path to spirituality, questions our search for heroic figures, and examines the individual’s need to relate to a collective intellectual realm.

PARDES is generously supported by:





Fall Opening Reception
Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 6 – 9 PM | FREE
Be the first to experience PARDES at the Koffler Gallery’s Fall Opening Reception, open to the public. Complimentary light refreshments and beer/wine bar available.

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, September 21, 2014 | Noon – 5 PM
Koffler Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

The tour starts at Koffler Gallery at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) at 12 PM and then departs for Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and Doris McCarthy Gallery. To make a reservation, contact the Blackwood Gallery at 905-828-3789 or by Friday September 19 at 5 PM.

Nadav Assor & Amnon Wolman in Conversation
Sunday, September 21, 2014 | 2 PM | FREE
Koffler Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Artists Nadav Assor and Amnon Wolman will discuss their works in the exhibition PARDES in the context of their broader practice.

Culture Days: Exhibition Tours of PARDES
September 26, 27, 28, 2014 | FREE
Koffler Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
FREE 20 minute guided tours of the gallery exhibition each day at 12 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM and 4 PM. Presented as part of:





Ladies and Gentlemen, Jonathan Goldstein!
Sunday, November 23, 2014 | 2 PM
Koffler Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Pay What You Can
An afternoon of humorous and thoughtful conversation with award-winning author Jonathan Goldstein and the AGO’s associate curator of Canadian art Georgiana Uhlyarik, exploring ideas of spirituality through a contemporary, secular lens.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Guided tour, PARDES exhibition 7:30 PM | Klezmology concert 8 PM

Koffler Gallery | Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street | FREE
Klezmology is a trio dedicated to exploring the interface between klezmer music and free improvisation. Following an informal guided tour of the PARDES exhibition at the Koffler Gallery, clarinetist Jonno Lightstone, baritone saxophonist David Mott and drummer/percussionist Nick Fraser will perform a short concert – a contemporary, cross-cultural blend of klezmer, experimental jazz and blues.

Image at top: Amnon Wolman, Eight SoundBooks – Architecture (detail), 2013