Avner Sher at Jerusalem Biennale HERE
Avner Sher paints and draws on cork panels mounted on wood, lacerating the surface with knives, screwdrivers and electric saws, burning it with a wood-burning etching pencil and splattering it with substances like coffee, mud, ketchup and red wine. His work is also rooted in the iconography of the Levant. He references ancient visual languages and hieroglyphics while maintaining a universal theme combining prehistoric elements and childlike symbolism. Common motifs in his work are fish, faces, spirals and images of flora and fauna. Sometimes he incorporates Biblical verses, especially from the Book of Genesis and Psalms. As the son of parents who survived Dachau, Sher grew up in the shadow of the Holocaust and the numbers tattooed on their arms. The tattoo thus became a visual code in his work.
His first important show was in 2002 in Tel Aviv. Since then, he has had over 20 solo exhibits and has taken part in over 30 group exhibits in Israel and around the world. At the Jerusalem Biennale in 2017, Sher presented his installation “950m2 – Alternative Topographies,” which was displayed at the Tower of David Museum. The installation explored the idea of “perpetually devolving city space.” At the pan-European art biennale "Manifesta 12" in Palermo, Italy, Sher’s installation addressed the issue of migration and refugees.
Selected solo exhibitions
- 2018 – Bridge Palermo Jerusalem, Palermo, Italy
- 2017 - 950m2 Alternative Topographies, Tower of David museum, Jerusalem Biennale, Jerusalem
- 2015 – Landmarks, Artists House, Tel Aviv
- 2014 – A Bird on a Wire, Bar David Museum, Kibbutz Bar'am
- 2014 – Jacob’s Dream, New York
- 2014 – The Secret, Jaffa Port
- 2002 – This is His Tattoo, Mabat Gallery, Tel Aviv