Assulin deals with masculinity that is derived from the working class. First encounter with his work confronts us with tools that are being used for construction works, plumbing and building. Eyal than turns them into a living machines that are driven to perform pointless repetitive actions. These creatures are threatening but basically helpless.
Assulin’s work confronts the audience with oriental stereotypes, making use of humor in unexpected ways, getting through to the basic questions regarding status, masculinity and ethnicity in Israeli society. Heightened aesthetics of ormolu and intentionally cheap translation of status symbols define a vulgar extrovert identity which is the hollow shell of a shattered manhood.
Assulin (born 1981) lives and works in Ofakim, his childhood town, away from the Israeli artistic center, due to a sense of belonging and responsibility towards the community which he grew in. He graduated from the art department at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and a holds a Masters degree in the Advanced Studies Program at Bezalel. Eyal won the Young Artist prize in 2014 and the Artist in the Community Award for 2010-2014 (the only artist granted for four consecutive years) for his work with local communities in Ofakim and the Bedouin city Rahat.
In the past seven years Eyal has initiated social art projects proactive in the Negev, contributing to his neighboring communities. Eyal is a moderator and the operator of a first of its kind artistic & social pilot program Creative Place Making &Augmented Reality in Ofakim and Sderot, with the support of the Negev coalition and Ness foundation. He is also a lecturer at Sapir College School of Art and Kaye College.
Assuli’s work has been shown at Museums and galleries in Israel and around the world. Among them: the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Museum of Petah Tikva, Israel Center for Digital Art, Ashdod Art Museum, Museum of the Negev, Center for Contemporary Art NIMAC Nicosia, Sculpture Symposium in Ayia Napa,Cyprus, and a solo exhibition in the Beelden Aan Zee Museum in The Hague, Netherlands.
Eyal's works are in various art collections Among them: the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Museum of Petah Tikva, Israel Center for Digital Art, Museum of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Haifa Museum of Art and the Beelden Aan Zee Museum in The Hague, Netherlands.