Same Thing From a Distance

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In "Same Thing From a Distance", Liam Ze’ev O’Connor presents new sculptures coated in artificial Jerusalem stone. To make these works, Liam pulls from a range of specific personal and cultural references: the windows of the Plum Street Temple in Cincinnati, liquor bottles from the streets of Oakland, Judaica from across the diaspora, and shells from the California coast. In coating these objects with artificial stone, Liam explores what it means to take this stone– an externally facing, public symbol– and wrestle it away from the dominant Zionist narrative, instead mixing it with domestic and ritual objects.

Keter (childbirth amulet)
Foil, air dry clay, chain, oyster shell, limestone spray paint. 2021.

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Kiddush
Beer bottle, foil, air-dry clay, limestone spray paint. 2021.

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Havdalah
Tennis racket, foil, air-dry clay, limestone spray paint, abalone shell.

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Finial
Plastic, glass bottles, HydroFlask lid, air-dry clay, foil, limestone spray paint. 2021.

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Braid
Air dry clay, chain, limestone spray paint. 2021.

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Torah Shield
Foil, air dry clay, limestone spray paint. 2021.

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Kiddush
Beer bottle, foil, air-dry clay, limestone spray paint. 2021.