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2024
Acrylic on canvas
47.2 x 35.4 inches / 120 x 90 cm

 
Chen Chefetz

Chefetz travels Israel, photographing landscapes that speak to him. As he paints them later in his studio, he oscillates between polar opposites - depictions of nature versus urban views, figurative representations alongside abstract interpretations, raw palette knife smears combined with meticulous brush strokes. These, and other contrasts in the paintings, reveal qualities which are only seemingly contradictory - tenderness and roughness, real and fictitious, proximity and alienation. And yet, by using semi-symmetrical compositions, and a semi-monochromatic palette, Chefetz attempts to imbue the viewer with a sensation of softness and calm, which allows the perceived dichotomies to be identified rather as complementary. This motion, towards the union of polar opposites, becomes a material employed by Chefetz in the creative process. It directs the process of research and creation, and in his works it takes the form of an ongoing quest for a sense of belonging and home.

Chen Chefetz (B. 1989) is a multidisciplinary artist living and creating in Tel Aviv. Between 2016 and 2022 Chefetz created four performance artworks, which were staged in exhibitions in Tel Aviv and Berlin, and at the Suzanne Dellal Centre. Chefetz created and was featured in several films that were screened at various film festivals (among them Festival de Cannes, Haifa Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival). In 2022 he worked as a performer with the artist Lilach Pnina Livna in the work "The Revival Road", and in 2023 he participated in "Kiss" by Tino Segal at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art as part of the exhibition "Imagine a Museum (or: The Remembering Body)" curated by Ruth Direktor.

Chefetz’s paintings were featured in various group exhibitions, and in 2023 Chefetz received the City Gallery Kfar Saba award for a solo exhibition in the gallery, scheduled to open in May 2024.

Selected Works

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