The “Cutout-Line” project comprises two series of exhibitions of cutouts from various materials. One series is a collection of three solo exhibitions and installations are site-specific and displayed on the changing exhibitions gallery of the museum. The second series, shown in the other display spaces, includes works answering to a broader definition of the term “cutouts.”
The art of paper cutouts apparently began in China in the second century CE after the invention of paper as a form of decorative folk art. From the Far East this art form spread to the West. Traditional Jewish paper cutouts were produced as early as the 14th century in Spain. This folk art was common in Jewish homes worldwide, and its topics were primarily religious motifs. After the Holocaust, the art of traditional Jewish cutouts practically disappeared.
At the end of the 1970s, a new generation of artists began to revive the art of paper cutouts, using both traditional means and a variety of innovative techniques. Thus in the hands of plastic artists this traditional folk technique has become a means of expression for various topics and techniques. The cutouts in contemporary art and in the current exhibition are situated on the boundary between two and three dimensions. Some of the works meet the definition of classical paper cutouts, some can be classified more as silhouettes and some are quite far from the traditional definition.
The artists taking part in this exhibition draw and sculpt using a variety of materials by means of scissors, knives and laser cutting techniques. The labor-intensive cutout technique marking this art form creates a play between negatives and positives that extends the definition of the work in space.
The three solo exhibitions, dealing with the more classical definition of “cutout” are displayed on the changing exhibitions floor:
Etamar Beglikter – “We Struck Oil!”: a contemporary response to the ecological disaster at the Evrona Nature Reserve. The work was produced from observations of photographs of the oil flowing through the nature reserve, as published in the media.
The installation “Uncontainable” by Noa Yekutieli was inspired by media photographs of homes destroyed in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. This installation is a continuation of the artist’s documentation of destruction caused by human beings.
In the “House and Garden” exhibition, Keren Anavy presents images that form a small-scale and intimate house built from wood and paper cutouts. These images resemble delicate lace fabric in which what is missing surpasses what is whole.
In the second part of the project – “Out of Context”, works in a broader context of “cutouts”, created by five artists, are on display:
Gil Desiano Biton exhibits The White Forest, a work created in the wake of the Carmel Forest fire disaster out of cut-up and torn pieces of canvas and cut-up drawings that the artist himself had created a year earlier using ashes and dirt collected from the site of the fire.
Nir Dvorai photographs housing projects from the 1950s, cuts out segments from them, sorts the cutouts and stores them as if they are spare parts in transparent storage bins, or places them like floating souvenirs inside transparent balls of glass.
In Gate 2, Lilach Schrag created a cloak made from frenetic cuttings of shirts and cloth joined together with glue and wire threads. She sees this as a spiritual cloak like the one Elijah the Prophet throws onto his pupil Elisha as he is carried to Heaven by a whirlwind.
Ruti de Vries exhibits cutouts in the medium of video. She uses computerized animation and digital cutouts to create a galloping horse made of black and white cutouts of geometric shapes.
Dilara Akay, a guest artist from Turkey who has been extended a special invitation to participate in this project, also works in paper and aluminum cutouts that she produced at Ein Hod around two weeks before the exhibition, especially for the gallery space.
In addition, Igor Kaplunovich exhibits an entertaining and macabre interactive work that displays an illusion of cutouts.
Rina Genussov, Ora Kraus, Galit Ben-Ami, Raya Zommer-Tal