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Ady Shimony

Israel 1969


Ady Shimony
Ady Shimony
August 28, 2017
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Ady Shimony is a Tel Aviv-based photographer whose work primarily explores beauty and masculinity, although it is also interested in the relationships between space, surroundings, sexuality and sensuality. This artist is interested in the ways these difficult topics are intrinsically intertwined, almost to a point they seem like communicating vessels. Shimony’s photography sways between fantastic fiction and rough realism. By offering a direct and candid look at reality, his photos are shrouded with a sensual overlay of texture and material that can sometimes draw a veil over the images while other times present them in cold precision, devoid of all mystery.

Ady Shimony - Untitled, 2013
Ady Shimony – Untitled, 2013

The Life and Career of Ady Shimony

Ady Shimony was born in Ramat Gan in the year of 1969. He graduated from the Continuing Studies program, acquiring a master’s degree in Fine Art at the Bezalel Academy and from the art program at HaMidrasha School of Art. He has received the Tel Aviv Artists’ Studios Young Artist Award and outstanding artistic excellence award from the HaMidrasha School of Art. However, this was but a sign of bigger things to come as Ady Shimony’s career was about to take off. He started to be a full-time photographer and, almost right off the bat, Ady Shimony was interested in developing a style of his own that was unlike anything else on the international scene. He did not seem too enthusiastic about using any other artist’s work as a reference or an influence, instead opting to base everything he created around the things that intrigued and fueled his imagination.

Ady Shimony - Untitled, 2016
Ady Shimony – Untitled, 2016

The Magic of His Photography

Ady Shimony’s photography sways between weird fiction and harsh realism in a highly stylistic manner. His works, though candid and factual to some extent, are shrouded in a sensual overlay of texture and material which can sometimes draw a veil over the images. However, Ady can sometimes present his work in cold precision, devoid of any or all mystery, so it’s not really possible to say that all of his photos have the aforementioned veil covering their meaning. Although he relies on a standard photographic style for most of his work, Shimony often uses a method that results in interesting, stylistic negatives of pictures. This is also a nice way to pay homage to the early masters of the medium who experimented with the negatives and camera-less practices during their career.

The photography of Ady Shimony is a unique body of work that aspires to investigate the natures of and relationships between space, surroundings, lust and sensuality

Ady Shimony - Untitled, 2009 / Untitled, 2010
Ady Shimony – Untitled, 2009 / Untitled, 2010

Exhibitions and Successes Under His Belt

Shimony has had notable solo exhibitions at Tel Aviv Artists’ Studios, P8 Contemporary Art Gallery and Fresh Paint Art Fair in Tel Aviv. Furthermore, his works have been featured in many group exhibitions in Israel and abroad, and his artist book, titled Blacklight, was published in 2016. Impressive in their own right, these achievements should be nothing more but early successes of a huge photography career to come as the popularity of Ady Shimony’s images has constantly been on a rising trajectory over the last couple of years. There is no reason why he should not continue to upgrade his already excellent craft and we expect to see his work continue growing accordingly.

Ady Shimony lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Ady ShimonyFresh paint, Tel AvivSolo
2016BlacklightP8 Gallery, Tel AvivSolo
2016Ego TripP8 Gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2016Butt or ButtocksPassport Gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2016ImprovisationBenyamin Gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2016ClearingP8 Gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2014EvaP8 Gallery, Tel AvivSolo
2014Common groundFlorentine four, Tel AvivGroup
2014Sons of ShemCabri gallery, CabriGroup
2013reGeneration 2Rosphoto Saint Petesburg, RussiaGroup
2013reGeneration 2Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, North Carolina, USAGroup
2012Like a Cheshire catSadnaot Haamanim, Tel AvivSolo
2012Mirror lifeBinyamin Gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2011Yafo Tel AvivGraduate exhibition, Mfa Program of Bezalel, Tel AvivGroup
2011reGeneration 2Pékin Arts, Caochangdi PhotoSpring Festival, Pékin, ChineGroup
2011reGeneration 2Hans Steiner, Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthour, SuisseGroup
2011reGeneration 2Fototeca del Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, MexiqueGroup
2011reGeneration 2Aperture Foundation, New YorkGroup
2010Video ZoneKalisher Contemporary Art Center , Tel AvivGroup
2010White NightDana Gallery, Yad MordechaiGroup
2010SurvivalTavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2010Intermediate Stations:4 InstallationsHaTachana, Tel AvivGroup
2010DecadenceS2 Projects Room, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel AvivGroup
2010reGeneration 2Musée de l'Elysée, LausanneGroup
2010reGeneration 2ARLES, FranceGroup
2010reGeneration 2Michaelis Gallery, South AfricaGroup
2009Cockeye: Male nude in contemporary Israeli artGal-on art space, Tel AvivGroup
2009Ethics EstheticsArtist House , Tel AvivGroup
2009Sun tanningP8 gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2008Five young artistsSadnaot Haamanim, Tel avivGroup
2008Graduated exhibitionSchool of Arts Midrasha Beit BerlGroup
2008Hess 8Art eventGroup
2008PresentArtopy galleryGroup
2008If he had a full sock he would have feel it with money, if he had moneyMidrasha art gallery, Tel AvivGroup
2007PassionCity gallery, Rishon lezionGroup
2007SleepArt event, Haoman 17 Tel AvivGroup
2007Old school, New scholarsHistory of Art department, The Hebrew University, JerusalemGroup