October 5, 2021
I will exhibit some of Tel Aviv scape paintings.
Tel Aviv Sketches & Paintings - with texts by Avraham Balaban
in Architects House, Jaffa
Curator: Vera Pilpoul & Dana Gordon.
New paintings and drawings depicting sights and people in Tel Aviv East and South and Center areas, inspired by and accompanied with texts by writer and poet Avraham Balaban.
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Tel Aviv Scapes - new works
Curator: Vera Pilpul
Thursday, July 7th - Aug 2nd, Artists House, Tel Aviv
Ami Shinar was born in Tel Aviv and his art is closely associated with the city. His drawings depicting the cityscape express love of his hometown. Shinar looks at Tel Aviv's buildings with a forgiving yet sober eye. He captures complex and versatile urban sceneries that combine the old and the contemporary alongside typical Bauhaus buildings. "Some might say these are just streets, a few squares and boulevards, but they are the sites where one feels the city's pulsating life," he says.
Most of Shinar's paintings have a unique format, elongated and narrow canvases, on which he delineates Tel Aviv's newly emerging skyline, dotted with new towering buildings. The impact of these mostly grayish opaque facades is alternately exhilarating and intimidating. This lean narrow format seems to bring to mind a geological cut running through layers of matter and spirit – the urban spirit.
Shinar's eye is drawn to spaces between the highrises to hidden corners, roaming derelict balconies and rooftops with rusty sun-heated boilers and old aerials. He then lowers his gaze to the electric poles on pavements occasionally interspersed with trees. Shinar's Tel Aviv drawings seem an attempt to document such layers of urban matter before they dissolve. The light of the white city is reflected in Shinar's pastel palette "bright washing" the city and its buildings, against a dark monumental presence. In his subtle way Shinar touches upon issues of polarizing social inequity.
The painting Demonstration at Rabin Sq duting Corona Time, presents tiny human figures dispersed in perfect order carefully observing social distancing. These figures seem to mark the public space while the city's buildings seem to engulf or even menace them. Each on their own, these figures reflect the urban experience rooted in the shared cityscape.