אגדות תשע״ט, 2019
Gouache over multimedia, on Claybord panel. 46 x 91.5 cm
The simple wooden recorder became a hero in the newly reborn Hebrew poetry and song.
The Wandering Jew was now romantically depicted as a shepherd in our homeland, guarding the herd with a shepherd’s flute, and often a book.
Before I ever heard the instrument played, I knew about it from children’s books from Israel.
For decades, most school children learned to play it (a little) and were invariably taught songs of that old “Hebrew” genre.
As the new country became modernized, the recorder remains a nostalgic expression of that earlier romance. It still symbolizes the pioneering spirit, and the naive simplicity of walking the footpaths of the “Land of Israel.”
Gouache 35 x 51 cm
A small secret: I gave a color challenge to a new student, to create a colorful painting using just black and three different yellow. The goals were to explore the oxymoron of ”dark yellow”, and how so very much, can be expressed with so few resources.
I always begin teaching with that yellow challenge.then I did it myself. And made a very colorful , pretty work that did not satisfy me at all.
The day after the massacre in Pittsburg, I sat in my studio, struggling to focus on work.
Towards the end of the day, I pulled out this painting. In a fit of urgency, I painted myself over the pattern, first by scrubbing dirty water, then paint. First by memory, then with a mirror.
As always, my selfies contain some brutal honesty. We all need brutal introspection, as individuals, as collectives and as ideological camps.
But what I also discovered, was a way to combine seemingly conflicting art languages that appeal to me: Ornament and Expressionism.
Rock Paper Scissors, May 30, 2018. India Ink 31 x 41 cm
אבן נייר מספריים. 30.5.2018. דיו 31 * 41
בע בע ציגאלע מע? מה אתה רוצה לומר? גואש 46*61. למכירה
What Do You Want to Say? gouache 46 x 61 cm. Available.
Gouache 36 x 51 cm. Available.
I painting this more optimistic work, on my familiar theme, just before the current wave of protests against the regime began.
I pray that the brave people in Iran, who are struggling for a more sane and peaceful future, will succeed.
The painting began rotated in the other direction. Rows of now incoherent bottles, were remolded into coherent bottles, facing right side up.
May that be a good sign.
Tablecloth Series #8. 2014, Gouache on paper, 46 x 61 cm