"GRATZ PRODUCTS

ARE SIMPLY THE

STATE OF THE ART."

My name is Ella Kandel and I'm a professional artist. I currently live in New Jersey and study at Rutgers, where I'm doing my Masters in Fine Arts degree. I did my Bachelor at Shenkar College in Tel-Aviv, where I exhibited in Many well-known galleries and museums and my works were sold to distinguished collections.


I've been a Pilates student for many years and I had the privilege to practice Pilates with Gratz equipment, and I enjoyed it a lot. Gratz products are simply state of the art! Their high quality is evident and their aesthetics is incredible.



My name is Ella Kandel and I'm a professional artist. I currently live in New Jersey and study at Rutgers, where I'm doing my Masters in Fine Arts degree. I did my Bachelor at Shenkar College in Tel-Aviv, where I exhibited in Many well-known galleries and museums and my works were sold to distinguished collections.


I've been a Pilates student for many years and I had the privilege to practice Pilates with Gratz equipment, and I enjoyed it a lot. Gratz products are simply state of the art! Their high quality is evident and their aesthetics is incredible.



"In Pilates, the movements are based on motion and resistance to motion- simultaneously"

DISCOVERING PILATES

I think I probably started to take photos of Pilates apparatuses when I began to practice Pilates about a decade ago in Tel-Aviv in a studio called “Pilates Banahala”. A treasured friend of mine, the architect Maayan Perez, took me with her to an introductory class, and since then, I haven’t been able to stop. I was fortunate to study there under the guidance of legendary teachers Rut Lindner and Ronen Khayat. I didn’t have a purpose for the photos that I took. I was just fascinated by the equipment, so I had to take them.


My most recent exhibition was at the Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, where I’m completing my master’s degree in Fine Art. It’s funny because now that I think about it, on my first day at Rutgers, I was on my way to the orientation meeting when I passed a room that seemed to be a Pilates studio. I stopped there to take some photos.


I’m interested in investigating questions related to seeking freedom from the known: How can we break the pattern and resist the automatic system of thought? What happens when one gets out of the safe space of the known? Is the discomfort so scary that we quickly get sucked back into our routine? When does the new become familiar and therefore known again?


THE IDEA

My whole life has changed in the past two years. I became a mother, and I moved to a new country. I experienced my body and mind in a very elastic way. Things I considered to be constant, I am now perceiving as flexible.


I made a collage on my studio wall, and after it was done, it was evident that I was very much interested in Pilates equipment. At the same time I was reading “What is an Apparatus?” by Giorgio Agamben, and I was thinking a lot about devices/places/situations that allow the experience of elasticity -- of being outside of the known. I assumed that in order to break free from the familiar, it’s necessary to take action, but what if the action required is resistance? Is resistance an action? Is ‘being’ considered an active state? I was inspired by the book “How To Do Nothing” by Jenny Odell, and I wanted to examine the idea of doing and not doing. Action and resistance. I made many maquettes for public sculptures that invite one to enter and do nothing but be.

I’m assuming I saw that the Pilates apparatuses can suggest this kind of a trial. Many movements in Pilates, based on motion and finding the resistance to motion simultaneously, aim to expand our presence and attain the right balance and connection between body and mind.

PILATES AND ART TOGETHER

I find it interesting that one of the central apparatuses in Pilates is called Reformer. I was thinking of form and flexibility and how things can Re-form themselves.


In the collage I made, there were many images from the first Pilates studio I studied in, and I realized I was looking at Gratz products. Every detail is so precise. Their aesthetic is incredible, so beautiful there is almost a fetish quality to it. I was excited to find out that the Gratz factory created Pilates devices together with Romana Kryzanowska (the director of the Josef Pilates studio after he passed away), and to learn of their history with architectural metal, design and sculpture making. It had to be these objects in my show.

I contacted Gratz with a request for defective parts that they would be willing to donate to my exhibition. They answered me immediately and very kindly and agreed to donate a lot of material to this project. I also had the fortune of visiting their factory, where I witnessed the amazing manufacturing process of their products. I am very grateful for their generosity.


Photos by Perri Hofmann


ABOUT ELLA KANDEL

Ella Kandel (b. 1985, Jerusalem), lives in NJ and works in NJ and Jaffa-Tel Aviv. She is currently completing her MFA at Rutgers University, where she is receiving a full-coverage fellowship and working as a TA. She received a BFA from Shenkar College in the Multidisciplinary Art Department (2013) and participated in a Students Exchange Program at HAW - Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hamburg (2012). Her work has been exhibited at a solo exhibition in Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2015), and in established galleries such as Gordon Gallery and Zemack Gallery, as well as in alternative spaces, art events and in the Israeli contemporary art fair - Fresh Paint.


Ella won several awards and scholarships among them the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation Award for unique art projects, and a Studio Grant from Tel Aviv Yafo Municipality. Kandel taught art in Studio Adi Lidor - contemporary ceramics school. In addition, She is a founding member of the art collective Anti Mehikon. Her works appear in numerous galleries and private collections. Ella’s works are mainly installations and sculptures. The materials she uses change in every project depending on its nature, while a majority of her works are site-specific. They explore the relationship between object and space, personal and social spheres, participation and observation. These relationships are at the core of her practice and guide her artistic work. She does so by demonstrates a development from a singular object to a multiplicity and then to an entire environment. Kandel’s projects deal with the tension between the wild and domesticated, danger and defense, and fragility and violence constitutes and it is a recurring motif in her work. She finds these conflicts hidden inside the structure of the human spirit; inside the society in which she lives and the political dimensions of it. In her work, she aims to offer an alternative, even if sometimes utopian model for the mode of thought or the existence of a social condition.

 Contact info: 1-848-252-1417

www.ellakandel.com


I've been a Pilates student for many years and I had the privilege to practice Pilates with Gratz equipment, and I enjoyed it a lot. Gratz products are simply state of the art! Their high quality is evident and their aesthetics is incredible.



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