Tzvi Tadmor – Difficulties Facing the Seen


Zvi Tadmor.

An artist, a thinker, contemplating by usage of the eye, the thought and the will to transmute the real into the pictorial, aware of the complexity ensued.

The goal is fixed – to render a phenomenon or an object into a pictorial theme on paper, canvas or any other substance.

The device changes – according to the new context within space and time.

The artist now has to confront essential questions referring to the eventual dialogue between details and the whole, between the concrete and the abstract, electing to combine, merge, confront or exclude one of the elements by means of the visual syntax, based on a three-dimensional present reality and a two-dimensional future illusive pictorial reality.

The subjective artist’s eye emulates a hunter, attacking a specific object of sight, captured among the flux of appearances, ever-changing, ever-depending on the opted perspective.

The artist oscillates between the will to fixate the object of his sight and the will to express the sense of the transient.

Thus, the precise and the blurred, the figurative and the abstract, the realistic and the geometrical co-dwell and co-reverberate.

Series follow series to enhance and sharpen the senses, in order to bridge between thought and vision, reality and art.

The artist is enthused by the seen, anxious to grasp, never let go, eternalizes the seen on the pictorial substance, acknowledging the fact that he is dealing with the theme of creation in a very small scale, building the matter of dreams, while hesitating, searching and finding.

Tadmor’s exuberance, bordering on despair, seems to be chained by an irrepressible impulse, alternating with the effort to fine-tune his abilities, foreseeing the labor pains which would eventually deliver the end result, by brush, charcoal, crayons, chalks, water colors or oil.

Every gesture complies with the possibility of a free dripping, a thickened staining, a coincidental drawing, dissolution or erasure.
There are layers of dimming transparencies within a subtle scale of coloration.

Monochrome fields, a combat of pigments, combats between the seized and disappearing phenomena.

It seems that the artist knows the calamities awaiting his objects of sight: the inanimate, man, animal or bird, bear the seed of annihilation.

Meantime, a painted or drawn fragment pretends to be wholeness while wholeness is scattered, sprayed out, longing to escape the framing of the paper.

Each day is crucial in order to decide the subject of the painting, the performing ways, the suitable timing and which motives should be chosen or omitted.

Each day is crucial to ponder about the painted parts relative to empty space, granting equal value to both aspects.

Tadmor is inspired by art movements and styles but chooses to be an adventurer, attempting to decode the inherent characteristics of sentient beings, the urban and non-urban environment, the impermanent nature of things.

However, the viewer may feel the latent ambiance, the pure excitement via pigment and form, rhythm and composition, planning and improvising, as if witnessing an act of worship.

The artist can be regarded as a pious person on his way to pursue and reveal, find and further explore unknown fields of vision.

-Dr. Dorit Kedar


About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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