Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Ofer Lellouche Self Portraits, 2001
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Sculpture Garden, permanent exhibition (another example exhibited along with the other five sculptures comprised in Atelier)
This sculpture is part of a larger sculpture titled Atelier which was composed of six figures.
Born in Tunis in 1947, Ofer Lellouche immigrated in 1966 to Kibbutz Yehiam in Israel. Studying under Streichman at the Avni Academy, Lellouche later moved to Paris where he worked under the sculptor César. Returning to Israel in 1976, the artist's paintings and sculptures from his Jaffa studio depict figures instilled with melancholic, poetic introspection depicted with a lyrical and expressive technique portraying the influence of Giacometti, as well as the self-portraits of Jim Dine and the sculptures of antiquity seen by Lellouche in archaeological and anthropological museums. "For Ofer Lellouche, the anatomical parts of the human body are like letters that can be played with, signs that serve him as raw material for his expression... The appearance of the exhibits in these museums clearly reveals the injuries caused by time, and for Lellouche this characteristic in particular constitutes a point of departure for his ongoing work. "The missing body", Lellouche claims, "has something about it that is connected with Judaism." According to Judaism, the creation of a human image is a form of idolatry, all the more so if the image aspires to perfection (if this can at all be realized in a material), for perfection is an attribute of God. Lellouche's Judaism does not allow him to anchor his work in the aspiration for perfection." (Mordechai Omer in "Ofer Lellouche - Self Portrait", Ofer Lellouche Self Portrait 1977-2001, exhibition catalogue, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2001, page 134). Ofer Lellouche has exhibited extensively in museums, galleries and biennials in Israel and abroad.
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