1 June 2017

Exhibition: Inside Izhar Cohen's Head

Alongside the permanent exhibition at the Nahum Gutman Museum there was a temporary exhibition entitled, 'Inside Izhar Cohen's Head'.  I have to admit, I did not know who Izhar Cohen was and so I was intrigued by the title of the exhibition.  Walking through the exhibition and reading the information supplied I learnt that "In 2012 Izhar Cohen illustrated a weekly series for the Guardian in response to linguistic expressions."

Here is an extract from one of the information panels:  "In the exhibition at the Nahum Gutman Museum of Art, Cohen's illustrations are uprooted from their habitat and natural place between the pages of a newspaper.  Devoid of text, their context is seemingly lost.  But lo and behold, when they are uprooted from their place, the illustrations send trichomes into a new kind of soil, and their embedded interpretation set up is uncovered and clarified, a system that frees Cohen of the texts he illustrated, in a kind of illogical logic that runs in loops in his mind."

Here are a selection of illustrations from the exhibition:

The cycle of life, 2000 Ink inject

On time, 2009 Color print in vinyl

Brainstorming, 2015 Ink inject

Heart matters, 2013 Ink inject and The soul of the city, 2012 Ink inject

Global citizens, 2010 Ink inject

Dizengoff King George, 2009 Ink inject

The fountain of youth, 2016 Ink inject

The Nahum Gutman Museum is located in Shim'on Rokah Street 21, Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
 שמעון רוקח 21, נווה צדק, תל אביב - יפו
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