Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Ofir Nave Jewish Survival

Photo of a Star of David in a grinding machine is courtesy of Israeli painter Ofir Nave who told me that the Nazis tried during the Holocaust period to grind our emblem but eventually it stayed intact. He wanted to paint swastikas on the red parts, which symbolize the Nazis, but couldn’t do it at the time of the painting and he regrets it now. The azure color of the star reminds the uniform of the prisoners in the concentration camps.
This painting is part of “Star of David” exhibition in Tasha Gallery, 42 Frishman, Tel Aviv, Phone: 972-50-6565552 which will be open from 25 July 2007 until 25 August 2007.
Oil and Acryl on canvas 60x70 cm.
All rights reserved to Ofir Nave 2007
For me this is a great example of a text that not only adds to the meaning of a painting but also actually changes the way you look at it, because when I saw it for the first time I didn’t have any of the associations included in the painter’s explanation.

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