TAPELKAPby Itay Blaish | 04.12.15
Combination. If you ask me, that is one of the most important abilities that an artist can have nowadays.
As most artists and designers have heard before – from many people around them – “everything has been already done,” nothing is really new, it has to be influenced or copied from somewhere or someone else in time. So, if you believe this statement is true, you know that your best tool is combining all these influences and references into a new hybrid that stands by its own.
Meet TAPELKAP – also known as Oleg and Ido. Tapelkap is Yiddish for two heads or double head.
Oleg (Ramat-Gan) and Ido (Haifa) met during their studies at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and since then, they have been a two-headed creative-construct. Looking at their work, one can begin to recognize where are they come from culturally, what their childhood bedroom stories were like – or even where these stories came from.
Their main inspiration is distortion, religion and modern culture. Tapelkap looks at Judaism as pagan – or as they say: “just like a child watching a cult.” The child does not know the rules and ethics, he just sees it as it is, including its glorious mysticism and absurdity at same time.
In addition, TK are influenced from Russian Orthodox icons and ancient cyrillic scripts, calligraphy and punk aesthetics. Their paintings have a clear narrative, but they keep it to themselves, or as they say, “it’s the best way for them to know if an idea of an unborn piece is good enough to come to life.”