Legends of 5779, 2019

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.”

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Rock Paper Scizzors

Rock Paper Scissors, May 30, 2018. India Ink 31 x 41 cm

אבן נייר מספריים. 30.5.2018. דיו 31 * 41

Persian Bottles 2018.

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.

Trente Triangles, 2017

Trente Triangles 2017, ©2017 Chanan Mazal, Jerusalem

Thirty Triangles. Gouache, 46 x 61 cm. (18″ x 24″)
שלושים משולשים, 2017. גואש 46 * 61
Inspired by the “Crazy Quilts” traditionally made by African American women.
The composition, with its two, not quite balanced halves and with arrows pointing all over, defies all logic. But it works.

Horror Vacui

Horror Vacui @2015 Chanan Mazal, Jerusalem

Horror Vacui – פחד מן הריק
In visual art, horror vacui (/ˈhɔrər ˈvɑːkjuːaɪ/; from Latin “fear of empty space”), also kenophobia, from Greek “fear of the empty”), is the filling of the entire surface of a space or an artwork with detail.

Gouache, 46 x 61, Dec 2015