DAVID ARBITMAN Small Thicket 2011 - x +

CN: ArbD2011thic

MT: mixed media: ink and pastels on Amate paper (26x27)

TX: inscribed with ink at rear upper left in English <DAVID ARBITMAN / "THICKET" / 2011>

DN: Mr. David Arbitman - 2010

CM: The Small Thicket is David Arbitman's first and smallest work of this series made for the Drawing Biennial of Jerusalem. The theme was a thicket - a dense forest. Upon entering a thicket, one encounters all sorts of shadows that cause one to imagine things. Depending on one's state of mind, one feels either comfortable or freightened. To create this series Arbitman used special paper, produced from the roots of 'Amate' - a tree that Mexicans exploited since ancient times. The particularity of this paper is owed to its texture, whose extra long fibres create intricate patterns. Arbitman's idea was to draw inspiration from the paper's naturally intricate texture. The composition is figurative. Everything comes from the mind based on the patterns of the texture of the paper. In this piece Arbitman preserved large part of the original paper. He attempted to work within a broad border, but the composition was impossible to confine within it. The composition is fantastic and at parts mythological. Arbitman concentrates mainly on faces because they are most expressive. He works under the influence of Hieronymous Bosch's (c.1450-1516) idea of multiple strange figures and Maurits Cornelis Escher's (1898-1972) visual puns. All figures are interlocked like a puzzle. The central figure looks as much foreground as background. As a matter of fact, the background changes all the time. Here, the mind is activated by trying to interpret visions in the dark.

[Megakles Rogakos 05/2011]