Making Faces at the Tel Aviv Port

In time for the Purim holiday, the Partzufim art show presents works that explore the human face as mask.

It always rains on Purim in Israel and this year has thus far been no exception. Inevitably on Purim in Israel you will see kids with warm and sweaters coats covering their costumes, bedraggled banners flapping aimlessly over city streets and grey weather putting a general damper on what is supposed to be a happy, carefree holiday.

For those seeking some indoor Purim fun there is a 2-day exhibition and happening — Partzufim (Faces) — today and tomorrow (March 14-15, 2014) at Tel Aviv’s newest art space, Art Market Israel at the Tel Aviv Port. The show presents works that explore the human face as a mask that can help us hide from confrontation, protect us from danger and yet, sometimes, a mask that enables us to better communicate with others.

Art Market Israel is part of the international Bruno Art Group. The collection includes the works of veteran and emerging artists from Israel and abroad. Ongoing activities at the space include exhibitions, lectures and workshops as well as services such as art consultancy, curating collections, design assistance and professional art installation.

The Partzufim exhibit features works by three Art Market Israel artists: Canadian-born Johanan Herson, whose award-winning acrylic paintings, tapestries and wall hangings very often feature faces with expressions ranging from sweet and happy to serious and pensive.

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Ilana Gal’s expressive and colorful paintings feature figures influenced by African tribal art: fearsome, sometimes angry or sad faces of animals and women.

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Architect Adi Sened is also a street artist who for several years now has been stenciling small boxlike figures — he calls them Kufsonim — throughout Tel Aviv. They are also part of the Partzufim exhibit — perfect complement to the Purim holiday.

Visit the Art Market Israel website and Facebook page.

About Rachel Neiman

A veteran media professional who has lived in Israel since 1984, Rachel has been part of the ISRAEL21c organization since 2008. Prior to that, she served as managing editor of Globes Online, the English-language edition of Israel’s leading business daily, and before that, at The Jerusalem Post, as a business reporter, feature writer, and consumer columnist. Rachel began writing about Israeli technology companies at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine and is a professional Hebrew to English translator. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Havurat Tel Aviv congregation, and the Holyland Hash House Harriers, part of an international running and drinking disorganization.