Humankind uses text as a tool to communicate and impart messages, ideas, concepts and significances by which to explain, interpret and decipher the world of phenomena and images.
Art uses sign language as an intermediary to convey messages between the artist and the observer.
The art work shown in this exhibition is the personal journal of a continuous journey by artists Nechama Levendel and Nadav Bloch in various countries.
Nadav Bloch disassembles ideas into letters and colors, using Hebrew, Latin and Arabic symbols to indicate the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Through constant search and Sisyphean effort Nadav builds strata of letters woven together in transparent layers using the three primary colors – red, blue and yellow. During the work process he creates strata of letters that describe various periods in the development of human history. As the upper layers build up, the lower layers slowly disappear. At the depth of the transparent layers, the light reveals a chaotic and confused world that expresses the lack of knowledge, understanding and ability to weave a clear universal text accepted by all. In the transparent language strata, mergers are woven in identical colors that create similarities between the letters, their interactions, and the gradual dialog that develops into a dynamics of understanding the necessity to communicate.
Nechama Levendel chose the book as the topic of her work – the book as a personal, social and environmental element that contains local and universal messages and values, which change in relation to time and place. Through travels and living in the countries where the artists have stayed, relationships were formed with the native inhabitants. Nechama received used books and incorporated the local knowledge she gained into her artistic work. The binding and weaving of the books is performed by using local characteristics such as samples of illustrations and weaving, local texts, used candles from local churches, discovered accessories, whilst using the region’s shades and the motif of rust color to indicate the changes in time. By means of meticulously coded messages, the books change their destiny – from clear structures of sentences and ideas they become architectural objects that hold an esthetic visual message.
Nechama Levendel Nadav Bloch