Project no.220

Shaul Baz

Poets' Dreams

Chief Curator: Rachel Sukman

Opening: Thursday, 6 August 2020, 20 p.m.

Closing: Friday, 28 August 2020

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6 Zamenhoff St. , Tel Aviv, tel.: 03-5254191

Gallery hours: Tues.-Thurs., 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. 1 p.m

 

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Coffee , 2020
acrylic on canvas
69x94 cm

Rome , 2020
acrylic on canvas
60x90 cm

Serene Sleep , 2020
acrylic and pencil on canvas
80x80 cm

Shekhinah , 2020
acrylic and pencil on canvas
80x100 cm

       

Sacrifice , 2020
acrylic on recycled wood
53x93 cm

Your Bed is Verdant , 2020
acrylic on canvas
30x30 cm

Flower , 2020
painted aluminum relief
50x40x13 cm

White Scream , 2020
acrylic on recycled wood
53x93 cm

       

Monster Doe 2 , 2020
acrylic on canvas
52x115 cm

Monster Doe 3 , 2020
acrylic on canvas
64x100 cm

Feather , 2020
acrylic and charcoal on canvas
74x99 cm

With Belly Trembling toward the Light , 2020
acrylic and charcoalon canvas
30x40 cm

       

We have Wings , 2020
acrylic and pencil on canvas
40x50 cm

Jugs Descending on a City , 2020
acrylic on recycled wood
53x93 cm

Like Two Wings for Pythia , 2020
acrylic on recycled wood
53x93 cm

Monster Doe 1 , 2020
acrylic on canvas
76x111 cm

       

Cypresses are Also Yearnings , 2020
acrylic and pencil on canvas
30x40 cm

Wine Goblet , 2020
acrylic on canvas
79x100 cm

Gladioli , 2020
acrylic on canvas
90x90 cm

     

Come Sit Next to Me , 2020
acrylic on recycled wood
53x93 cm

Cypresses , 2020
acrylic and markeron canvas
42x112 cm

My Parents were Hunters , 2020
acrylic on canvas
70x100 cm

     

Turkey Love , 2020
painted aluminum relief
50x40x13 cm

Doe Love , 2020
painted aluminum relief
50x40x13 cm

But My Love , 2020
acrylic and charcoal on canvas
30x40 cm

     
  Shaul Baz | Poets' Dreams
Curator: Rachel Sukman

And all the birds were in my garden
and all the beasts were in my garden
and all of them sang the bitterness of my love
and the doe sang more wondrous than all others
and the song of the doe was the song of my love
and the voice of the beasts was quiet
and the birds stopped screeching
and the doe climbed onto the roof of my house
and would sing to me the song of my love
but in each beast there is a monster
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- From Yona Wallach, The Monster Doe [trans. Linda Stern Zisquit]

Shaul Baz's exhibition at Office in Tel Aviv Gallery, "Poets' Dreams," features paintings on canvas, and sometimes on other surfaces, such as recycled wood, in acrylic paints, or in mixed media that combines acrylic. Presented next to them is a handful of painted aluminum reliefs. The titles of the works, all created in the past year, are mostly drawn from poems, primarily those by Yona Wallach and Sara Koy.

Jars
descend on the city
on thick cords
as if it were
a strange well
incredibly large
and alive
- Sara Koy, Well

Baz acquired his artistic education in the early 1980s at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv, where senior Israeli artists taught the basics of painting and sculpture. At the end of that decade he sought to broaden his education under two artists, graduates of painting academies in Russia: he initially studied with Jan Rauchwerger, and later, in the early 2000s, with Leonid Balaklav. Their academic impact on his work today is discernible in the deep strata of his paintings and in his lyrical abilities, which intensified over the years due to his love of Israeli poetry, and specifically the aforesaid two poets, Wallach and Koy, whose unique words masterfully illuminate his artworks with the sound of Hebrew, enriching his artistic language, which combines the Israeli lyrical abstract with academic gravity.
"The paintings usually start with a poem by a poet I like, such as Yona Wallach or Sara Koy. It serves as a point of departure for a search taking place on the canvas. One may say that my canvases are like poetic texts of visual associations. The world is hidden, revealed, and resonates behind transparent or opaque surfaces, on which I try to leave or create empty surfaces of calm."

Shaul Baz was born in Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek in 1958, and attended the educational institutions of Hashomer Hatza'ir movement, Shomria and Harei Ephraim. Lives and works in Jerusalem.