The picture as an internal conscious representation

Dr. Zvika Israel

Thickening and concentration of senses, representing my consciousness

It is evident that the works of Isaiah Zilberman reflect internal processes, harmonizing various contradictions within a consolidated composition. Figurative elements and their associations are transformed into a kind of spiritual reality. This perception is expressed through a palette of monochrome colors, black, white and grey on paper and also with water tones, such as pink and mauve diluted with white, placed on canvas to create a unique abstract texture.

Urban elements representing culture

Urban components representing culture populate Isaiah Zilberman's works. He combines different materials in series, which arranged in a synthesized exhibition become a sort of installation. Zilberman began his creative work with a mass of sketches, reduced to outlines representing focused subjects. These sketches, which have value in their own right, underwent a digital process of scanning and reproduction in an additional medium, using computerized inkjet technique, and were transformed into huge prints on canvas. Zilberman also paints in acrylics applied with different integrated approaches on canvas.

Reflection, documentation or self-expression and criticism in his work

Zilberman does not intend to reflect the consciousness of the era in the context of different cultural circumstances, nor does he intend to document a particular site or location, or the factors that have formed social aspects of a particular population. His works transmit feelings to the observer, shadows of a destroyed culture and landscapes of construction. Often the work is produced in strong hues and there is also a series of monochrome works in multiple shades of grey.

Isaiah Zilberman does not want his work to provide a faithful description of reality and its environment; rather he wishes to reflect an inner ambience. His works have a critical-ecological character, delivering a message regarding the importance of looking after the environment. His feelings and abstract figurative approach shape the elements in his work, creating a unified coherent structure that combines reality and imagination. Often the figurative motive and image have a conscious context yet sometimes the context is unconscious, hidden and encoded in an internal layer.

Unconscious figurative motives in his work

Among the shapes that find a place in these compositions, it is possible to discern images huddling together and animals defined by clear outlines.

Zilberman's exhibitions

Isaiah Zilberman studied painting under the internationally renowned Sergei Sviatchenko. He is a member of the Haifa and Northern Region Israel Painters and Sculptors Association and has participated in one-man and group exhibitions in sites such as: The Artists' House, Haifa, Catra Arts Center, Haifa, Gerard Bechar Theatre Gallery, Jerusalem, Krieger Dramatic Arts Center, Haifa, The Textile Center, Tel Aviv. He also took part in group exhibitions in the Brukental Museum in Sibiu, Romania, the capital of European culture in 2007, an event arranged under the auspices of the I.C.U. in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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