Israeli-born graphic artist focuses on war in his latest exhibition, which opens later this month at the Rook & Raven Gallery in London
Noma Bar is a master of the dictum less is more. Using a few deftly cut shapes (and often only two colours) the Israeli-born graphic artist creates images that amuse, surprise, confuse and delight; and for his latest exhibition, which opens later this month at the Rook & Raven Gallery in London, he has turned his razor-sharp eye for colour and form on the violent and often chaotic subject of war.
Cut the Conflict will see more of Bar's trademark 'double-take' imagery in which one image seems suddenly to transform into another before your eyes. One particularly striking work is a gun that can also be seen as a dove, made using the flags of Mahmood Mubarak in Bethlehem, Palestine, and Arik Prussak in Jerusalem, Israel.
Most of the images feature two countries, states or settlements that are, or have been, in conflict with each other, and are simply titled - India Pakistan or US Syria, for example.
Bar will be bringing his 'Cut It Out' machine, a specially made dog-shaped cutting machine, to the Rook & Raven, and will use it create new work especially for the exhibition. The machine can be fed paper, rubber and other materials through its mouth, which are then precisely cut into the shapes Bar uses to create his illustrations.
For this exhibition Bar will also use different materials up to 1cm thick such as flags, letters, photos, newspapers and fabric that have been donated by people from conflicted countries. He will cut them using the dog machine, and mount them on the same page, forcing them to live peacefully alongside each other forever.
The final collection will comprise between 30 and 50 new graphic pieces created exclusively for the Rook & Raven Gallery.
An award winning graphic illustrator, Bar has worked for clients including Wallpaper*, Google, Nike and The Economist.
Cut the Conflict opens to the public Friday 22nd November until Thursday 19th December 2013.
The artist will also be will be hosting a talk and demonstration of his working process on at the Rook & Raven Gallery on the following dates:
Saturday 30th November 12pm - 4pm
Saturday 7th December 12pm - 4pm