Dror Ben Ami’s Black is a Colour – Solo Exhibition at Contemporary by Golcondaby Anna Kopito | 13.05.15
Life and death, materiality and destruction, beauty and emptiness. The overlying subjects of the massive, black charcoal and etched artworks created by Dror Ben Ami for his new solo exhibition, Black is a Colour, are simply more than meets the naked eye.
Taking place at Contemporary by Golconda gallery in south Tel Aviv now through July 2015, Black is a Colour embellishes Ben Ami’s fascination with heavy charcoal marks in what appears to be lunar, Hades-like world of darkness, where “existence is at once corporeal and incorporeal,” and where slight images remain enigmatic with its true meaning distanced from the obvious.
Ben Ami touches upon the fine style of etching perfecting by the Old Masters, specifically Rembrandt and Goya, with his own usage of scratches, perforates, covers on simple paper, topped with a layer of charcoal, and then, erased. Ben Ami replaces the line of traditional drawing by physically engraving into the body of the paper with a sharp needle, what could easily be mistaken as the heart, soul and burning sadness of the artist, who lends a hand to the observer in his latest solo exhibition.
Black is a Colour is bound to raise emotions and questions of existential meaning, whatever it is you are searching for.
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