Portrait of an Artist: Albert Tabi
Vancouver artist Albert Tabi is preparing for his first-ever exhibition in Canada since relocating from Israel several years ago. More than two dozen of Tabi’s quirky and whimsical digital illustrations are being displayed in the show Life from the Right Angle. The exhibit runs at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery [950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver] from January 12 to February 5.
The Straight reached Tabi by phone.
What is the main idea behind the exhibit?
Most people look at everything as is and I want to say, ‘Look, you can look at this everyday situation in different way, and learn from that, and maybe act differently about everything…. If you present something to me I always try to look at it in different angle, you know?”
What response do you hope viewers have?
Most people take everything (for) granted, you know? And I try to make them to think. They see my artwork and they say, ‘Oh, I didn’t think about it in that way.’…It’s a lot of humour.”
What is your philosophy as an artist?
[As] the artist we have the ability to present concepts or ideas, and present them in different way that you can’t ignore them. You know what I mean? That’s the most important thing that I try to do. I don’t think that I’m more intelligent or more smart than any other, but I have the ability as an artist to present ideas in a way that people cannot ignore them, and this is my main goal.
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