TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - "Life is not easy, especially when you are living in a conflict zone like the Middle East. The fragility of life, something we are constantly trying not to think about, is much more present," says Shakine.
The Julie M. Gallery will present two bodies of work, both old and new.
From his older works the gallery will be showing a series depicting Eran's signature motif, which he has used for the past few decades - flocks of goats. Goats, drawn with a fragile line contrasted against a thick background of earthly toned colours - the land.
The goat, he describes as often being the only sign of human life visible on rocky cliffs from the deserts of Judea, where Shakine first encountered them during his own military service.
The second series, new works, shows portraits of people from Shakine's present immediate personal surroundings. In contrast to the latter series, the figures in the portraits are drawn with thick lines surrounded by a stark, bare, seemingly fragile, canvas.
This point of change, from the flock to the individual and from a thick and dense background, to cold and empty surroundings, Shakine views as taking place during the second Lebanon war. "In times of war your instinct is to protect your immediate family, and what one feels most is the suffering of children, on both sides of the enemy line. There is a saying in Israel, passed from one generation to the other:
Don't worry, by the time he will be eighteen, he won't have to go to the
army. We will have peace by then.
And then you have another war."
Eran Shakine is an Israeli artist, living and working in Tel Aviv. He exhibits his work extensively in Israel and abroad.
His works are part of the permanent collection of the British Museum, London, The Ludwig Museum, Germany, The Tel Aviv Museum, Israel and The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
The latest review in English of his work can be found in the December 2008 edition of ARTFORUM International
Eran Shakine's Don't worry, by the time he will be eighteen, he won't
have to go to the army. We will have peace by then is on view at the
Julie M. Gallery
October 29th - December 6th, 2009,
Opening reception Thursday October 29, 6-9 PM
SOURCE JULIE M. GALLERY
For further information: For further information: Erica Segal, Director, Julie M. Gallery, 15 Mill Street, Building 37, Suite 103, Toronto, ON, M5A 3R6, Tel. (416) 603-2626, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.juliem.com