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Avner Sher

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20140201193307-tlp_5567_princess
Princess, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 59"*59" / 150*150 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201180824-tlp_5557_the_queen
The Queen, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 71"*47" / 180*120 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201204037-tlp_5585_ceo
CEO, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 47"*47" / 120*120 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201203051-tlp_5581_lucy_in_the_sky
Lucy in the sky, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 47"*71" / 120*180 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201202317-tlp_5580_family_tree
Family Tree, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 47"*31" / 120*80 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201201419-tlp_5575_the_bride
The bride, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 59"*31" / 150*80 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201200124-tlp_5573_tsunami
Tsunami, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 47"*47" / 120*120 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201193942-tlp_5569_champion
Champion, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 47"*47" / 120*120 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201192647-tlp_5564_icarus
Icarus, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 47"*71" / 120*180 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201182343-tlp_5560_must_be_god
Must be god, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 71"*47" / 180*120 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201175805-tlp_5554_unity
Unity, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 79"*59" / 200*150 Cm © Avner Sher
20140201173647-tlp_5551_to_dust_you_shall_return
To dust you shall return, 2014 Scratching, Etching And Engraving On Cork And Wood 71"*71" / 180*180 Cm © Avner Sher
20131118195851-fifteen_minutes
15 Minutes, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 39" © Avner Sher
20131118200030-alone_with_a_cat
Alone with a cat, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118164241-big_mama
Big Mama, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 39" © Avner Sher
20131118191829-bless_you
Bless you, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118192507-cuckoo_thought_two
Cuckoo thoughts 2, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118195743-frida
Frida, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118200225-good_morning
Good Morning?, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118200421-hope
Hope, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 39" © Avner Sher
20131118200617-jacobs_dream
Jacob's Dream, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 39" © Avner Sher
20131118200859-jonah_2013
Jonah, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118201152-life_is_just_a_game
Life is just a game (after Benigni), 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 71" © Avner Sher
20131118201333-maneater
Maneater, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118201507-six_days
6 days, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 71" © Avner Sher
20131118201646-the_feast
The feast, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118201820-the_speech
The speech, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118202011-welcome_to_show_business
Welcome to show business, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118202144-womanizer
Womenizer, 2013 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118202516-my_beauty_in_the_garden_2007
My beauty in the garden, 2007 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 71" © Avner Sher
20131118202719-sacrifice_2007
Sacrifice, 2007 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118202841-untitled2007
Untitled, 2007 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118203022-i_am_king_2007
I am king, 2007 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118203217-dragonfly_2002
Dragonfly, 2007 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118203420-brunette_2007
Brunette, 2007 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 47" © Avner Sher
20131118204412-beautiful_as_the_moon_2007
Beautiful as the moon, 2007 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 51" * 87" © Avner Sher
20131118204906-noah_2007
Noah, 2007 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 71" © Avner Sher
20131118205127-fish_2002
Fish, 2002 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118205346-beautiful_2002
Beautiful, 2002 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 39" © Avner Sher
20131118210241-untitled_2002
Untitled, 2002 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118210535-leader_2002
Leader, 2002 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118210824-mirror_2002
Mirror, 2002 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118211045-normal_2002
Normal, 2002 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 49" * 24" © Avner Sher
20131118211325-untitled2002
Untitled, 2002 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118211912-untitled_2001
Untitled, 2001 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118212113-mummies_2001
Mummies, 2001 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118213554-cuckoo_thoughts
Cuckoo thoughts, 2001 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118213937-in_the_begining_2001
In the begining, 2001 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 47" * 31" © Avner Sher
20131118214126-dyptich_1999
Diptych, 1999 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 2*38*20 © Avner Sher
20131118214319-untitled_1999
Untitled, 1999 Mixed Media On Cork And Wood 71" * 39" © Avner Sher
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Quick Facts
Birth year
1951
Works in
Cork, wood, mixed media
Tags
sculpture, mixed-media, installation, graffiti
Artist Statement

As a child I was never allowed to go on school trips. Being an only child to survivors of the holocaust, my parents were so protective, fears that something would happen to their son. Like others who had survived the holocaust, my father and mother never told me about what they had gone through so I always had a strong feeling that my home is full of secrets. Often I would listen through the keyhole to their conversations and would hear about the long walk they were forced to make barefoot in the snow, or about the threatening dogs set upon them by the Germans. Only recently had I started to think that perhaps I am painting my father’s anguished face, and that the reoccurring images are a sublimation of the repetitiveness of the holocaust images that I had been carrying around in my mind from an early age.

I have always been interested in a relationship between construction and deconstruction. In my early works I painted colorful compositions in oil on canvas, in the cubistic spirit. I later began exploring the other side of creation and started to destruct the surface. I am working on cork boards, using a wood scorching pen, screwdrivers and hammers, I scratch, tear and burn the surface by splashing wine, ketchup, mud or iodine on it. The work is done without thought, an intuitive process, instinctual, which embodies an attempt to release control. Only at the end does my unconscious content emerge, and I often contemplate its meaning only after reading the interpretations given by art critics.

Each work induces a journey beginning with intuitive unruly desecration, somehow exposing the subconscious and indelible marks of second generation Holocaust survivors.

This force turns towards revealing the beauty within the ugliness and abomination, creating an emotion full of anticipation for a better world. Hinting at man's strength, belief and will to create wholeness, a normal and full life, my works are an expression of hope in the face of chaos.

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