A Tale of Fruition, 2017

A Tale of Fruition 2017

מעשה בהגשמה 2017

A Tale of Fruition 2017
Oil Triptych on Canvas, 125 x 225 cm
Commissioned artwork

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Silence in Jezreel – Travel Scroll

דממה ביזרעאל – מגילת מסע

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I am showing this work in the 2017 Jerusalem Biennale, in the group show “100 Years of the Balfour Declaration

The show opens tomorrow, Oct 2, at 17:00 in the Museum of the Underground Prisoners, in the Russian Compound, Jerusalem.

Built by the Czars as a hostel for Russian pilgrims, the museum later served the U.K. Mandate as a prison for those resisting their rule and striving for independence.

I am quite honored to have my work be the first exhibited after the entrance. As I hoped, it is hung in a long, vaulted passageway, and will be viewed as a narrative, read west to east, as the viewers walk by.

 

Silence in Jezreel, 2017

Gouache on panels, 46 x 366 cm. 18′ x 144″

דממה ביזרעאל, 2017

גואש על לוחות, 46 * 366 ס”מ

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Silence in Jezreel, or “Song of the Emek”, was composed in 1934, to  romanticize the first, large Jewish settlement project, following the Balfour Declaration. This “Redemption” i.e. purchase of the land, was blessed by the British Mandate, which then still acted in accordance to the promises of the Declaration. It was a watershed With the start of construction, new archaeological discoveries showing showing the ancient Jewish presence in the Valley, fired up the settlers’ imagination.

I chose to tell our narrative of continuity and Zionism, as a travel scroll, passing through the string of valleys, from the Jordan to Haifa Bay. Icons from the 6th cent. synagogue mosaic at Bet Alpha are central to the work.

Silence in Jezreel, 2017 by Chanan Mazal

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Making Sense of it All #2, 2017

 

Making Sense of It All #2, 2017

Oil on canvas 100 x 110 cm (39″ x 43″) For sale

עושה סדר בראש #2

שמן על בד 100 * 110 ס״מ. למכירה

Dear Friends,

The Hebrew Year 5778 begins this week with the new moon. Counting the years from the traditional date of the “Birthday of the Universe” this festival is both joyful and solemn.

The Creation also reminds us of the symbolic dualities expressed in the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life:

That is, of mindful and proper behavior, versus impulsive actions, lacking wisdom and foresight.

Likewise, we become aware of our short window of life, for acting, giving and repairing, and of our approaching mortality sealing action.

Thus our very existence is a duality, which fascinates me and pervades my artwork:

The revealed and the hidden.

The straight and the crooked.

The meaningful and the chaotic.

The drawn and the erased.

And then the drawn again. Always with room for correction, and learning and giving over and over…. Or for choosing to not make the effort.

May we be inscribed in the Book of Life, for a year of health, peace, creativity and generosity.

May I also add a wise blessing learned from our Chinese neighbors at the far end of Asia,

“May we live in uninteresting times.”
That is, may the world events be so uneventful, so calm, that we have nor reason to listen to the news. Amen!

לשנה טובה ומתוקה תכתבו
May we all have a very Sweet New Year
Chanan Mazal

Making Sense of it All

Making Sense of it All Chanan Mazal @2017

Oil on canvas, 100 x 110 cm

כי האדם עץ השדה? דברים כ:יט
For is the tree of the field a man? Deuteronomy 20:19.

Using trees to portray human soul and destiny, is as old as art and psychology itself.

I choose particular species and shapes to symbolize my state of mind or big life questions. Trees may be steady or rebellious, wise or impetuous. mature or potential, spiritual or carnal, and Hebrew or universal.

Why this particular childlike tree shape?

Its fluffy, cloud like foliage sits top-heavy, upon the slender trunk with its graceful Gothic slouch. Well, that upper part obviously is about my/our air filled thoughts:
Head in the clouds. Spirituality for the masses. Fuzzy thinking.
All of that air sits upon a delicate, flexible trunk of decisiveness and actions.

I completed the painting while listening to online lectures about the psychological symbolism of Genesis. Symbols like The Creator carving meaning out of the primordial chaos and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil – teach us so much about creating sense in our personal life path.

Those green serpentines of confusion and attention deficiency, were painted before listening to the lectures. After completion, visitors to my studio shouted, “Ah! That’s the serpent tempting Eve to eat from the fruit of self knowledge.”
Smart visitors.

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Ah. So much fun. I do my best, most evocative works when drawing fast.  With inaccuracies, but true impressions.

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Working on wet paper, creates unpredictable spreading of ink. Delicious serendipity.

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And quasi soul searching. What did I really mean?

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And fun

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