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Gili Avissar
Boyan
Zoya Cherkassky
Ofri Cnaani
Nathalie Djurberg
Ofir Dor
Oren Eliav
Roey Heifetz
Michal Helfman
Shay Id Alony
Sara Kahana
Yuri Kats
Meital Katz-Minerbo
Katarzyna Kozyra
Marik Lechner
Peter Jacob Maltz
Robert Melee
Assi Meshullam
Adi Nachshon
Gabby Nathan
Sasha Okun
Erwin Olaf
Ada Ovadia
Galia Pasternak
Uri Radovan
Netally Schlosser
Allison Schulnik
Heidi Stern
Anan Tzuckerman
Rakefet Viner Omer
Nadav Weissman
Michal Yaniv
Gil Yefman
Shira Zelwer
Zero Cents
Artists, 2006, oil and spray on canvas, 228 x 345 cm, courtesy of the Angel Collection of Contemporary Art, Israel, photo: Shaxaf Haber

Ofir Dor

 

The figures in Ofir Dor's monumental paintings seem to be taking part in meaningful theatrical or allegorical-psychological scenes. These eccentric, surreal figures are characterized by an extreme sexual presence, mysterious expressions and distorted gestures, their faces sometimes masked. The meta-narratives they are taking part in present conflicted, heated relationships under the guise of civilized behavior. Motel 2 (2006) features two figures in a standard hotel room, naked from the waist down: one, wearing a kind of lizard costume, lies on the bed, while the other, dressed as a rabbit, stands by. The scene's perverse sexual ambiguity heightens its grotesque character. The drama in Mud Man (2006), where man and costume are less easily distinguishable, has to do with "the mud man" breaking into an elegant bourgeois space and preying on the stunned couple who lives there. Artists (2006) further develops Dor's grotesque rhetoric, here turned against the art world. The six "artists" seen in the painting are frozen in a dark space with smoldering windows; they are distorted and strange and their facial expressions convey revulsion and disgust. The artist's gloomy image as a creature thrust into extreme circumstances, veiled in Eros and mystery, is revealed sharply as a reflexive metaphor for exclusion.

Born in Ramatayim, 1972; lives and works in Berlin

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