Efrat Baler Artisan
171 Maple St. Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Efrat Baler

Brooklyn, NY


About Efrat Baler

Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Efrat grew up in Israel, Canada (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and United States (Boston, MA).

She served in the Israeli Defence Forces from 1978-80. In 1983 she received the Helena Rubinstein American - Israeli Culture Foundation Scholarship. In 1984 graduated from the Bezalel Art Academy in Israel with a BFA in Sculpture and Painting.

Efrat moved to the United States in 1993. In 1998 she toured the *Bay area for lectures on the History of Israeli Art and for slideshows of her art. She has taught painting and drawing at Israeli community centers and has been a guest lecturer in corporate events. She also teaches art privately and prepares young adults for High School portfolios and auditions.

Efrat has participated in over 28 group shows and 5 solo exhibitions in the United States, Israel and Germany. Her studio is in Brooklyn, NY. She currently also works part-time for the The Tate Americas Foundation.

* Monterey Peninsula College, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, University of California, University of Berkeley, Congregation Sherith Israel SF and the San Francisco Public Library.

Artist Statement

In my work I blur the boundaries between representation and reality creating an animated dialogue and perceptual possibilities both materially and mentally.
Influenced by the virtual and augmented reality experience I strive to create a hypothetical artistic equivalent. I create reliefs and freestanding sculptural paintings that depict evolutionary scenarios, interpretations and conceptual backstories of the painting itself. Mimicking how an artwork would look like if it could evolve into a concrete object or alternatively recede back into the 2-dimensional plane.
These are the stories of where the artworks came from as paintings and what they could become if they leave the surface of the canvas and be realized into a 3-dimensional world as a virtual animation of their 2-dimensional painted form.

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