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 Tulip, Heaps and Bulbs 

 Tulip, Heaps and Bulbs 

"…The image of the bulb conceals an ancient secret. Humans always wanted to know the secret of life, of universe, of their own existence. Itschak de Lange's bulb does not reveal these secrets. It is closely guarded inside its inner world, like "The Pool" in Bialik's poem ("Ha'brecha").

The pool has a life of its own in its inner self, within the forest. Bialik's  pool too, is a personification of man's soul and of the enigma of his life. Man himself is an enigma in his physical and spiritual innermost self. In order to discover himself man must locate the bulb and unravel the riddle of his purpose."  

Avraham Karni, 1993


painting installation

The term archipelago originally comes from Greek mythology, and refers to a group of islands "in the great Aegean Sea". My decision to work on a profusion and a cluster of objects corresponds to my treatment of the concept "island" –n an isolated lump in space. I developed interacting systems that deal with motion and periodicity, ebb and tide – with the tension between a single "island" and a group, an aggregate. My  choice of sand stone is associated with a similar tension – that between sand as a scattered and dispersing mass, and its consolidation into a compact and coarse clod.

Between the line of ebb and tide I collected elliptical pieces of sandstone of diverse sizes and volumes. These stone pieces, which are very different from the crystalline hardness of classical marble, are metamorphosing into something else, and are signifying a primal definition of volume and shape. Here there is no winner or loser, as there is no final state, but rather a great potential of creation from the mass of sand grains.     

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