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Michal Helfman

Cardi Gallery, London

An ideal title for Israeli artist Michal Helfman’s recent show might be “Mirage,” since it seemed to revolve around the distortion and inversion of images. Upon entering the ground floor of the gallery, visitors were greeted by a sequence of jagged mirrors, cut and arranged low on a wall to evoke a range of desert mountains. Above this work hung a glowing yellow “sun” too Pop to be realistic; it was, in fact, an Eero Saarinen–esque Tulip table mounted horizontally and loosely covered with a yellow tablecloth. This installation, titled The Lesson, 2009, extended into an adjacent room, which was reconstructed as a ballet studio, complete with its usual elements but installed as if the entire room were turned on its side. As a result, the barre became a stripper’s pole, while the mirrored wall became the ceiling, now transformed into a voyeuristic tool. On a side wall was a recessed monitor,

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