Art

“Quiver” with Signor Gi

by Ross Belfer | 23.03.16

Careening through the desolate monolithic beast that is the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station on a mid-autumn day last year, I entered (by invitation) the intimate studio of artist Gidi Gilam, known by most by his street moniker, Singor Gi. Gilam’s whimsical depictions of curvy caricatures with bright hues and cynical text symbolizing the very city in which he resides, dots nearly every swathe of south Tel Aviv.

One can’t turn a corner without witnessing one of the artist’s signature illustrations: off-kiltered human forms with slightly delirious facial expressions, both in color and without. Noticing a new series of more formally traditionally, slow-cooking works, Gilam alluded to plans to reveal a new inspiration of works outside of the expeditive nature of street art.

Plastering his unique and playful style to the museum format, Gilam strips down his vision of human forms exposed in his latest showing to date, Quiver, on display now at the Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art.

In Quiver, Gilam’s paintings and drawings are characterized by an outline contour of an androgynous figure in various sizes — nude and withdrawn; sitting on a chair or “standing in a vacuum.” The faceless figures look are removed from life force, waiting to be filled with a new identity and sense of self, portrayed delicately on canvas and frame, Plexiglas, paper and cardboard, illuminated by Halogen lamp. Below are a series of works from Quiver, which is on display now through March 28. For more information, click here.

Location: The Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan | Abba Hillel Silver Rd 146, Ramat Gan

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