Larry Abramson's new paintings featured in Volta NY are thought provoking juxtapositions of cityscapes, botanical illustrations, painting gestures and abstract geometrical forms. Silhouetted images of seemingly disparate elements such as Kazimir Malevich's 1915 Black Square, state of the art machine guns, modernist architecture, body fragments and moon crescents are combined to create a riveting balancing act, at once in place and on the verge of collapse.
Since the beginning of his artistic practice in the late 1970's, Abramson has developed a unique visual language based upon a hybrid combination of seemingly foreign forms and symbols, forced to co-exist in one space by the sheer act of painting. In Abramson's eyes, the contemporary artist's role is to "reconstruct", to salvage bits and pieces of discarded forms from the rubble of history, and to assemble them in a tentative semblance of wholeness.
Larry Abramson (b. 1954) is one of Israel's leading contemporary artists. His work is on permanent display at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and is included in the collections of all of the country's leading museums. Internationally, he has participated in the Venice Biennale and held solo shows in New York, San Francisco, Dusseldorf and Berlin. In 2010 an extensive retrospective of his work was held at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. As head of Bezalel Academy's Fine Art Department (1992-1999) and Shenkar College's Multidisciplinary Art School (2013-2016), he has played a significant role in the training of a new generation of artists. As peace activist he has been instrumental in promoting a political and cultural dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.
Abramson's work has been the subject of extensive critical research by internationally acclaimed theorists, such as Chicago University's Prof. W.J.T. Mitchell, Brandeis University's Prof. Gannit Ankori, UCLA's Prof. Gil Hochberg and Amsterdam University's Dr. Noa Roei; as well as prominent Israeli art historians and curators, such as Gideon Ofrat, Galia Bar-Or and Ellen Ginton.
Abramson is represented by Gordon Gallery, known as one of Israel's most prominent galleries, since its establishment in 1966.