Porat – Suns, Gods and Animals
and Acrylic on Paper, Tirosh Gallery, Old Jaffa
Porat is a multi-disciplinary person that amalgamates a painter, literary
scholar, teacher and musician. This multiplicity is evident in his studio.
His interests span over a broad sphere and the approach his takes towards
his work is often associated with art history, politics and literature.
this exhibition, I have selected paintings that are free of any immediate
context. The artist connects with archetypes that are common in ancient
civilizations, in the tribal existence and in the human soul, which is
capable of skipping over the cultural barrier in order to land on the other
side of the instincts and rowdiness inside us, where shade and light cannot
be distinguished apart.
big, hot and energetic illumination is depicted in the simplest form – an
elliptic circle or a round one with infantile lines for the rays. The form
may be childish, but the process is one of a very mature person. The suns
fill the space of the relatively tiny paper, starring exclusively in the
colorfulness that converses with the background – an identical motif
endowed with a new meaning. The paint is thick, dense, layered, sealing,
reflecting, playing inside-outside in the proximity between sun and
background or in polarity infected with affinity.
to the suns, the animal series seems like a modern hieroglyph that
translates long-gone sensations. Porat has chosen large, vegetarian,
harmless animals such as a camel, a giraffe, or a deer. However, the
graffiti, children-like riders are clutching weapons such as clubs and
to the first series, the works toggle between imaginary childishness and
high abstraction ability, between simple forms and sophisticated handling of
the background. The style plays on unconscious contents of suns and animals
that seem like an archetype of a big, generous mother combination with the
terrible mother who swallows and kills. A longer observation borders on
discomfort that results from the same combination of happiness and sadness,
vitality and finiteness.
is a small, magnificent series of a winged, armless angel, a fertility
goddess, also limbless – despite the emphasis on her sexual organs, and a
figure that is either hanging in the air or attempting to be carrying a
large geometric shape – one cannot tell.
too reflect the stitching together of shade and light. The Artist’s
daughter is painted in monastic, brown and gray pigments concurrently with
warm juicy and refreshing colorfulness. A fantastic portrait of life-death
mask lies next to the artist’s portrait. Porat has painted himself as a
Byzantine icon, with black, inspecting eyes from a side view. The dominant
colors are red, pink and bottle green that contribute to the vigilance and
the external restraint that conceal the emotional storm that takes place
invisibly inside each one of us.
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