New York based Israeli artist Noa Charuvi paints from photojournalistic images taken in Gaza. I was really struck by her colorful oil canvases and her works on paper, which abstract the demolished buildings ravaged by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Noa synthesizes abstract and figurative painting through her highly developed use of color and her sensitivity to form, and the site-specificity of the source images, in contrast with her process of deconstructing the photographed forms, creates a body of work that demands attention and observation.
|Babel, oil on canvas|
(based on a photograph of Gaza
after operation Cast Lead)
The Bedroom, for example, "depicts the traces of life in what was once a domestic setting; furniture and belongings are strewn across the interior as the torn walls expose the room as a destroyed landscape." (from the press release of the show "Heat Wave" at Lombard-Fried Projects, NYC).
Her subject matter, which deals with the political aspects of art from a painfully personal point of view, shows a thoughtfulness that, combined with her fine craftsmanship, makes her a very impressive artist.
You can see more of Noa's art on her website, here: http://www.noacharuvi.com/
|The Bedroom, oil on canvas|