Sticking to My Art Routine

Sticking to My Art Routine 11.13.2019. Japanese ink.

דבק בשגרת האמנות. דיו יפני

I can’t hear the booms in my studio, but lots of jet fighters made a big circle above on their way back to the base.

See Far, See Clear 2019

רואים רחוק, רואים שקוף 2019

Gouache and watercolor on koalin coated, cradled panel, 46 x 91 cm.

Exhibited in “Cover Uncover Cover” at the Jerusalem Theatre, June-July 2019.

The name is quoted from a song by Yankele Rosenblit, and refers to Moses climbing to the peak of Mt Nebo to get a clear view of the unreachable Promised Land before death.

I struggled through this painting. First adding and removing large barefoot legs marching from the heavens, above the hills. Then adding and removing an alter ego figure, shouting at this contemplative and silent man.

In the end, I let the pure blue do the talking, as it peaks thru the smoggy tempest.

Youth and Billygoat 2019

Sold! Youth and Billygoat, 2019. Gouache and ink on panel coated with kaolin.

נמכר! עלם ותיש 2019. גורש ודיו על לוח המצופה בחימר לבן.

Was exhibited at “Covered Uncovered Covered” at the Jerusalem Theatre, summer 2019.

More Good Press

Gideon Ofrat, the highly respected historian and commentator on Israeli art, described and complemented my works in his blog. In Hebrew
די כבר עם הפוליטיקה של הזהות

Good Press!

A CYPRESS TREE WITH MAZAL

BY LIANE GRUNBERG  JULY 4, 2019 09:10 

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/A-cypress-tree-with-Mazal-594467

Dreamers

Once upon a time, groups of young idealists left their parents’ homes in the Exile of Europe. They left to create a new egalitarian, socialist and secular society, in the land of our Forefathers.

 

A confident and muscular new generation of  “Hebrew Youth” was needed, prepared for a life of cooperative living and self sacrifice.
The solution was raising Kibbutz children in communal Children’s Houses. In their communal stroller-playpens, childen traveled from barn to machine shop to hills of wild flowers, absorbing appreciation of nature and labor.

 

Then I found a photo, that challenged this often told story of fierce youth rebellion.

 

It seems that not everyone left their parents behind. Some older folks joined the renaissance, and became Halutzim Pioneers themselves.
In 1924 Ein Harod was struggling, and adult members still lived in tents. Yet resources were found to build this kosher dining room, complete with a Torah ark to respect their needs.

This evocative photo generated a pair of paintings:

 

Waving the Generations 2018

2018 Gouache and gold leaf on kaolin coated panels. 46 x 91.5 cm

The word hanafa, means waving, like waving a flag or playfully tossing a baby up in the air. But in the Bible it is associated with the cerimonial “waving” of sacrificial offerings of the altar in the Holy Temple.
Thus the  “waving”of children, like the Binding of Isaac, became a powerful symbols in Israeli art and poetry, for of the loss of young lives, in war and terror.

Perhaps more things were sacrificed, as the new Israeli identity replaced the old?
Or are we an innovate link, in a very strong chain of uncountable generations?

To make my point, I quoted images from the 6th century synagogue mosaic, found in Bet Alfa, quite near Ein Harod. The mosaic’s Holy Ark replaces the simple curtained cabinet in the photo. The mosaic’s Isaac is now that infant playfully “waved” by his father on the modern Kibbutz lawn.

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” That places a big obligation on every individual link.

 

The Tin Platter 2018

2018 Gouache and gold leaf on kaolin coated panels. 46 x 91.5 cm

After 2 generations, the Kibbutz movement faced a crisis. Israeli society has other role models. Children’s Houses are long shuttered and the famous Kibbutz lifestyle has become commuter real estate.

“The Tin Platter” is a paraphrase on Nathan Alterman’s poem about fallen soldiers.
“We are the silver platter, upon which you were given the State of the Jews.”
Now, it is the turn of the Kibbutzim that had sacrificed so many young sons, to be offered upon a dull dented platter. Their iconic Kova Tembel cap, lies inverted, like the crow of fallen king.

I am still working on this painting series. Beginning with the flute players shared last month, I will be examining more romances and values, and yes also miracles, as Jewish-Israeli society continues to redefine itself.