NAVA WAXMAN: Rituals Closing This Weekend at Wall Space Gallery Ottawa

Woman standing at the corner of a gallery with her paintings and drawings behind herArtist Nava Waxman at Wall Space Gallery. Image by Leah Snyder.

Artist Nava Waxman’s RITUALS is a beautiful show by a beautiful artist who knows how to infuse all of her work with mystery and movement.

Woman standing at the corner of a gallery with her paintings and drawings behind herPainting by Nava Waxman at Wall Space Gallery. Image by Leah Snyder. 

“Not all ideas can be communicated through words. Gesture and movement, memory and the sensations of the body have their own language, just as art does. These “languages” and the ideas they communicate cannot be reduced to the simple structures of grammar that shape so much of our understanding.

Woman standing at the corner of a gallery with her paintings and drawings behind her

Nava Waxman’s work is a laboratory of thought. The remarkable quality of her pieces is in their capacity to focus on the body as an instrument directly linked to a mode of thought. An idea is given the space to evolve through the action of drawing. The body, which is always present by abstraction in Waxman’s works, is capable of both communication and possessing a living memory. This memory is internal and organic. It cannot be accurately represented with spoken or written language. In this latest series of works – by basing her series of repetitions on the starting point of a single action, represented in a movement of the hand applying paint – Waxman creates visual works whose meaning cannot be divorced from the movement that created them. The visual representation of the action becomes analogous to the ritual of the movement itself.”

The show closes this weekend at Wall Space Gallery, 358 Richmond Road, Ottawa.

Hours of Operation this Weekend:
Saturday 10 – 5 pm
Sunday 11 – 4 pm

More details on the Wall Space Gallery website.

For more of Nava’s work visit www.navawaxman.com

Woman standing at the corner of a gallery with her paintings and drawings behind her
Woman standing at the corner of a gallery with her paintings and drawings behind her
Woman standing at the corner of a gallery with her paintings and drawings behind her
Above images, unless otherwise noted, courtesy of Nava Waxman.

THE FACES OF ARTIST PROJECT TORONTO 2013: Nissim Ben Aderet

black line drawing of abstracted figure of a man on white backgroundImage provided by Nissim Ben Aderet.

I focus on a continuous line that I choreograph the dance of life for.

“In one line, Nissim draws an entire world of human images that move through imagined space and that create the infinite motion of relationships and hierarchies amongst themselves. On one hand, more is hidden from the view than is revealed to him. On the other hand, viewing the work means rummaging through the depths of the soul that emerge from the images.”

I am an expressive artist, I use a technique of action painting. With this technique I don’t plan the idea beforehand. I draw free from logic.

black line drawing of group of figures abstracted on white background

I draw a single line that creates a world of human texture. In one motion, I form my sketch.

black line drawing of group of figures abstracted on white background

The figures move in an empty space and form an endless motion amongst themselves.

black line drawing of group of figures abstracted on white background

When viewers look at my artwork, they can understand my thoughts and read my story between the lines. This story is built upon harmony, balance, dependency, longing / nostaligia.

black line drawing of group of figures abstracted on white background

All of my work talks about the relationships between people. If you follow a line closely
you will discover an entire world of figures that connect with each other.

https://www.mixedbagmag.com/images/130222_tap_nissim-ben-aderet_001.jpg Images provided by Nissim Ben Aderet.

View more of Nissim’s work on his website.

Get ticket info for the show as well view all the participating artists at www.theartistprojecttoronto.com or follow along for updates @TAP_toronto & #TAP13.

logo for Toronto Artist Project 2013 in dark blue with image of woman in profile with veil like cutout over her eyes

ARTIST PROJECT TORONTO 2013: Reflecting on Faces

This year Artist Project Toronto (TAP) challenged artists to create a piece of art based on their interpretation of the theme, Faces. Selected by a panel of judges, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive cash prizes, and visitors can vote for their favourite entry in the People’s Choice Award. (cited from www.theartistprojecttoronto.com)

Mixed Bag Mag decided to run with this theme and showcase some of the artist at this year’s show who deal with the representation of the human face in diversely different ways from each other but all with dramatic results.

Wednesday: Toronto artist Christine Kim (mixed media)

Thursday: Toronto artist Ivan Alifan (oil)

Friday: Israeli artist Nissim Ben Aderet (ink, oil)

Get ticket info for the show as well view all the participating artists at www.theartistprojecttoronto.com or follow along for updates @TAP_toronto & #TAP13.

logo for Toronto Artist Project 2013 in dark blue with image of woman in profile with veil like cutout over her eyes