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Etamar Beglikter’s Paper Artworks

Tel-Aviv based multi-disciplinary artist Etamar Beglikter has me both intrigued and perplexed. It is the cultural, social and ecological layers that are portrayed in his artworks that have me asking so many questions.

Beglikter uses a range of multi-mediums like clay, plaster, tar and iron to create his art. I am particularly drawn to his paper art pieces, such as “44 Butterflies”, “Tribute to Menashe Kadishman” and his series “Cartoon Encyclopedia”.

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During his art studies (2003 to 2010), this Master Degree graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design started using paper and transforming it into art objects for the first time. He took volumes of the Israeli Encyclopedia Hebraica, whose publication was one of the most significant cultural projects undertaken during the first years of Israeli statehood, and created “Garbage Pail” and “Broom” (In Hebrew “Matata” deliberately spelled wrong). These artworks were emotionally shocking to viewers and difficult to accept, as encyclopedias were considered “sacred” books of knowledge and wisdom. Beglikter admits that the impact of those artworks in 2007 has since softened considerably, due to the ushering of the Google and Wikipedia information era.

Part of Beglikter’s art influence comes from the theories of Dr. Baruch Blich, a lecturer at Bezalel who discusses themes such as visual languages, high culture vs marginal culture and mass media. Within his series “Cartoon Encyclopedia”, Beglikter manually cuts out Encyclopedias into icons of comic figures such as Mickey Mouse and Popeye. These artworks toy with the communication of high culture (intellectuals, elite thinkers) versus the phenomena of icon communication: a visual language that oddly enough is understood globally without the aid of the written word.

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“Tribute to Menashe Kadishman” is an impressive installation composed of hundreds of cut out faces, which are also composed of encyclopedia volumes based on the artwork of Kadishman’s “Shalekhet or Fallen Leaves”, which is part of the permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. With this installation, Beglikter not only wants to honor one of Israeli’s first and finest art masters, but also wishes to connect old Israeli art culture with the new.

Etamar Beglikter - PaperArtview by Bianca Severijns

Etamar Beglikter - PaperArtView by Bianca Severijns

After our conversation, Beglikter leaves me with a humble and modest impression. The truth is that this young contemporary artist is highly appreciated in his homeland. Recently the Knesset (Israeli Government building) and Yad Vashem (center and museum of Holocaust History) both bought his works. Etamar Beglikter’s paper art objects are currently displayed in two museums: Paper Biennale Tel-Aviv at the Eretz Israel Museum until March 2014 and the Janco DaDa Museum in Ein Hod. Now that is nothing to be modest about! I’m pretty excited to follow all upcoming projects of this amazing artist.

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Image courtesy of Etamar Beglikter’s paper artworks: Leonid Padrul, © Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

Eretz Israel museum paper exhibition

Israeli Paper Art exhibition 2013 – Paper Art View

I am thrilled to have attended the opening evening of the Israeli Paper Art exhibition 2013 at the Eretz Israel Museum. What I can say is this: the rich diversity of creative paper artworks created by twenty select Israeli-based artists captivated me and would not let go.

Unlike the first paper exhibition held in 2008, whose focal point was to represent the historical aspects of paper art, this exhibit depicts the current state of contemporary Israeli paper art. A wonderful job was done by Dr. Sorin Heller, the highly acclaimed curator of visual art. One of Heller’s criteria for selecting the works on display was that the medium of paper be an ongoing and significant component in the works of the chosen artists. Heller divided the exhibition into three sections: paper as a material for translating reality; converting the paper object – from representation of reality to creation of art, and lastly, combined use of traditional and contemporary techniques.

I was touched by how this exhibition glorifies paper, and I am evenly impressed by the new approaches and techniques that utilize paper in a wide variety of media such as installations, objects, sculptures, photographic paper, paper cutting, weaving and folding. To quote Heller, “The exhibit presents working in paper as a kind of obsessive occupation and an almost devotion – a kind of perfectionism which is expressed in this material particular”.

I strongly recommend visiting the exhibition, which will be held until March 14th, 2014. This despite the fact that on a personal level, these eyes would have liked to have enjoyed more paper delights! Also, I think it will be a real shame to wait another five years for the next Paper Art exhibition. Paper art is thriving here in Israel (and worldwide) at a rapid speed. And I’m truly happy about that!

Here is a selection of some of my favorite paper art pieces for you to enjoy!

Carmel Ilan Sea

Carmel Ilan North Wind

“Sea” (2011) and “North Wind” (2012) by paper artist Carmel Ilan, who folds and cuts pages from encyclopedias, her childhood notebooks and monthlies in order to reinvent new personal memories that she channels into social and cultures mold.

Andi Arnovitz

The artwork “Coat of the Agunah” (2010) by Andi Arnovitz, in which the artist cuts ancient Jewish marriage agreements (prints) into small strips and sews them in new arrangements in order to free Jewish women from arbitrary prohibitions.

Moshe Gordon

The untitled artwork (2012) by Moshe Gordon – a large wheel of concentric circles in which he reworks newspapers, encyclopedias and books, then perfectly blends color and text to create a balanced harmony. Gordon leaves it to it viewer to decipher his works.

Etamar Beglikter

Etamar Beglikter‘s Butterfly installations, in which the artist cuts atlases into butterfly shapes as a homage to the disastrous fire on Mount Carmel in which the butterflies symbolizes death and the atlases our planet Earth.

Yael Ben - Zvi

“Memories” ( 2010) is a series of cardboard boxes of artist/designer Yael Ben-Zvi . She cuts images of her childhood memories. For her the act of cutting is analogous to etching on memory.