I want to make a painting that’s personal, physical, sensual, and sincere.
An image strikes as powerful, and calls to be painted. It might be in front of your eyes or it can rise from a dream, or it can be imagined, or built as an allegory, a sublimation of feelings or inner state of events.
I am curious about painting because it changes the world, shifts one to a different state of concentration, excitement and sensitivity, it is an ethical sphere, where one makes choices of value, regarding good and bad and beauty and truth – towards meaning.
In painting, through seeing, the entire field of meaning appears before your eyes.
How does one measure quality? Refine the instrument and the whole body becomes a sensor.
Once you start painting the idea transforms, it develops, it might dissolve, or prove false.
And it might take a lot of time, and the whole body is an instrument for sensing its quality. It is like a taste in your mouth, or a sore stomach, it is a very physical thing.
The act of painting is a way of being, it is a lot about what actually happens while doing it, through practicing it the way you see and think changes. It is one thing to be looking at a painting but I feel I really see it only while painting. I painted lots of paintings while looking at another painting, (either mine or another painter’s), sometimes from a different angle or in a different light.
When a form or a figure appears it does so simultaneously from the inside and the outside. Painting deals with this moment and with the meaning a form is carrying. When does the painting expand space, can it actually help you move, provoke you to live?
Open – Close – Open, relationship between movement and conclusion, when the conclusion stands still the painting falls. To understand painting means to hold to it from all directions at once. One needs to wrap up the painting in a round way, unity of color, form and meaning.
One hand into the personal (love, lust, horror, joy, studio life), the other into the history of culture and painting.
The form is the painting’s face, and it is staring at you while your looking at it.
Ofir Dor – CV
Born in Israel, 1972.
Lives in Berlin, Germany
2004 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and Hebrew University, Jerusalem MFA (Master of Fine Arts Degree)
2000 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, BFA
1999-2000 The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, Visiting Scholar
1996 Beit Berl College, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl Certificate in Art
- Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 “GirlyGirlyGirlGirl”, Circle 1, Berlin
2013 “Ofir Dor”, Fresh Paint 2013, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2012 “Pregnant Mirror”, Lohame Hagetaot Kibutz’s Gallery, Israel
2011 “Mr. O and Mrs. I”, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2011 “Oh!”, 95 Tor Strasse, Berlin
2009 “IOI”, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2007 Helena Rubinstein’s Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
2005 Sadnaot Haomanim, Tel Aviv
2004 “Pastoral”, Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv
2003 “Water Hole”, Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv
- Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 “Don’t Shoot The Painter. Paintings from the UBS art Collection” Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano, Milan, Italy
2015 “Radial System”, Berlin
2014 “Five cardinal directions” Beit Uri and Rami Museum, Kibbutz Ashdod Jaakov, Israel
2010 “Portraits” Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2010 “Cockeye. Mail Nude in Contemporary Israeli Art”, Gal-on Art Space, Tel Aviv
2009 “Wild Exaggeration: The Grotesque Body in Contemporary Art”, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa
2006 “Mixed Emotions”, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa
2004 “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral”, Bezalel Gallery, Tel Aviv
2004 “Painting this Time”, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya
2014 Residency, La Cité International des Artes with support from Institut Français, Paris, France
2005 Grant from America-Israel Cultural Foundation