Oren Pinhassi’s (b. 1985) large plaster and glass sculptures reference the architecture of queer sites where the private and public intersect. Through a blur of boundaries between humans and objects, the sculptures, corporeal and rough, invite viewers into a sensual landscape where bodies are simultaneously hidden and exposed. Pinhassi’s work imagines the political potential of the erotic as a poetic, yet architectural logic for the construction of objects and spaces.
Oren Pinhassi graduated from the Yale School of Art in 2014. He taught sculpture nationally and internationally in various institutions. Recent solo shows include Second Nature at Edel Assanti, London, 2018; One in the mouth and one in the heart at Skibum MacArthur, Los Angeles, 2018; Nature Calls at Ribot Gallery, Milan 2017, and Springs at the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel, 2017. His work was featured in numerous group shows including Four at Yossi Milo Gallery, 2019; This Is Not A Prop, David Zwirner Gallery, 2018; A Scratch In Time, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 2018 and more. Residencies include Palazzo Monti, Brescia, 2019, Outset Contemporary Art Fund’s Bialik Residency, 2017, the Shandanken Project at Storm King Sculpture Park, New York, 2016, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2014. Pinhassi has been awarded numerous prizes including Pollock-Krasner grant, 2019; Fannie B. Pardee Prize, Yale School of Art, 2014; The Art Slant Prize, 2014, and the Shlomo Witkin Prize, 2011. Pinhassi lives and works in New York City.