It would be wrong to say that I grew up without heroes. There were certainly people I admired and emulated.
I never had idols, though. Never hung the poster of any pop stars or actors or even characters on the wall. When you realize from a young age that everyone is fallible, it becomes impossible to worship them unreservedly.
Don't feel bad for me. For one thing, I never had to go through the system shock so many people seem to have when they realize their heroes have feet of clay. More importantly, flaws make the hero. Not only are perfect heroes boring, but they aren't really heroes at all.
Bruce Wayne needs to be split down the middle, a mere man always precariously balancing rage and abandonment between justice and revenge. Luke needs to be be on the cusp of letting his fear and anger thrust him over to the dark side. Jean Grey needs to be the brittle human shell holding back the all-consuming fires of the cosmos.
Heroism isn't in the deeds, but in the choices. Fallibility makes heroism possible.
Like last year's Paper Creatures exhibition, Paper Heroes is curated by Ilan Garibi and Limor Margolis and hosted by the Old Jaffa Museum in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv. Paper cutting, origami, curling, paper sculpture and many more techniques have been employed by an international group of artists, scattered across 3 continents, to depict or comment on their heroes or the idea of heroism.
I've got a couple pieces in the exhibition that run to the colorful, vibrant side of my art. There's even brand new work that speaks to my ideas of heroism on a couple of different levels, from the very tiny and personal to the massively galactic, from a long time ago to the immediate now.
dates: Thur. Oct 5, 2017 - Sat. Dec 30, 2017
opening event: TBA
museum hours: Thursday: 10:00-16:00 • Friday: 10:00-14:00 • Saturday: 10:00-18:00
- Sunday-Wednesday the museum is open to groups of 20 or more visitors – by appointment.
- During holidays the museum will be open on all week days, from 10:00 to 18:00
- Holiday eves, and Memorial Day – the museum is closed.
place: the Old Jaffa Museum, 10 Mifratz Shlomo st., Old Jaffa, Israel