Reviews

Berliner Art Prize 2016

Art Management Berlin

Honourable Mention Award to Adi Zur from the art management berlin

Umbilical Connections

Artifact New York City – 2015

ARTIFACT is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings by Adi Zur. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Wednesday November 4, from 6 to 8 PM. The expressive dynamism of Adi Zur’s abstractions, with their genuinely free spirit, would surely have pleased the poet Ezra Pound who famously recounted how he composed In a Station of the Metro…And that evening, as I went home along the Rue Raynouard, I was still trying to write the poem and I found suddenly, the expression. I do not mean I found the words, but there came an equation…not in speech, but in little splotches of color.” As in Zur’s paintings Pound expresses the fundamental reason art lovers and creators in the visual arts are drawn to images. It is because creativity is pre-linguistic and, because in Eric Lennenberg’s words in The Biological Foundations of Language: “Words tag the process by which the species deals cognitively with the environment.” That is to say that the best visual work says the inexpressible using forms and colors. Indeed art is the paramount language of the unsayable in which, as Theodor Adorno claims, it is seen as a dialectic between the intuition and rationality, [as it] “attempts …to approximate thing and expression so closely that difference disappears.” In Adi Zur’s canvases the sense of confidence is mixed with an element of pure, urgent sagacity in spite of the aesthetic rowdiness with which the eye is initially confronted. The compelling contradiction sensed as the work’s clearly organized frenzy demonstrates the painter’s exceedingly suave commitment to the essence of art, what Irving Sandler has defined as ” The … way of hightening safety feeling… through the modification and control of perception.” Adi Zur’s small and medium size canvases can be considered filled with a type of mystifying enigma that bears close scrutiny. Poised between being completely non-representational, yet retaining a residual figural impulse in which images and letters are referenced by an obligingly oblique suggestiveness on the part of Zur, these paintings re-vitalize the world in one sense by referencing its materiality. On the other hand the artist makes the world more insecure through her churning abstractionism, and allows a timelessness and presentness to intrude on notions of recording, mimetically, the life-world. Instead, fleeting perceptions and sensations within the artist’s sensorium are tracked and recorded through gesture and color, and through her use of collage, akin to the way Pound secures his imagistic sensations through words of color, while removing the “tags” of pictorial literalism in the process. The immediate, the concrete and the irreducible of modern media saturated life is what Adi Zur has chosen to bring to light in her work. Her coloristically saturated paintings are the psychic spaces that resonate with our own value and emotion-laded perceptions of a world both atomized and united in a frenzy of space, speed and time. Within these surrogate spaces the artist takes on an pictorial ride that is unforgettable: sailing between the Scylla of psychic assimilation and the Charybdis of social incoherence we take the measure of our worlds, both inner and outer, through Zur’s fragmented pictorial language. Most compellingly, it refuses to hear itself speak through echoes, preferring, instead, to reveal directly what the artist calls the hidden forms of knowledge “uncovering a personal sense of a past we all share.” For more information and visuals please contact the gallery. John Austin is an art writer living and working in Manhattan.

Awarded Special Recognition, 2013

ArtQuenchGallery.com – 2013

Open Theme” Juried International Art Competition

Awarded Special Recognition, 2013

ArtQuenchGallery.com – 2013

Colour Juried International Contest

International 2012 group art contest

MyArtContest.com – 2012

Honourable Mention Award presented to Adi Zur for having demonstrated immense talent and skill in the artistic execution of “Abstract Sweetness

Honourable mention awarded

Artavita.com – 2012

Honourable mention awarded to Adi Zur for participation in the 2nd Art Contest, for work “Golden Wings

The Dillitante’s Diary Website

The Artist Project Toronto 2012

The colourful squiggles in Adi Zur’s abstracts have a joyous feeling about them too

International Juried Fine Art Painting Competition

Chabot Gallery 2011 – Honorable Mention

Really interesting with a three-dimensional feeling. Combinations of things that make you think with nice obstruction. Painted nicely with some photography.

Dillitante’s Diary Website

The Artist Project 2010

his show offers lots of interest, intrigue and satisfaction. It would be impossible for me to comment here on all the good work, given that some 200 artists are involved. In any case, this website being a “diary”, it makes no pretense of trying to provide a fair assessment of everything. What appears below is an account of my very personal response to the works that made the strongest impressions on me. It should be noted that, by now, a few of the artists have become acquaintances of mine. And it should also be noted that some artists whose work I’ve appreciated in previous reviews won’t be mentioned here, partly for the sake of brevity but also, perhaps, because their work may not have changed much since last viewing. One thing that struck me about many of the works in this show was the element of the child in the artist. A lot of people are talking about this today. The idea is that you have to get in touch with your inner child to create art. You have to work from that wellspring of freedom, of spontaneity, of the sheer exhilaration of vision. Several works in the show brought this concept to mind In keeping with the theme that was carrying me through the show, the word that immediately came to mind on seeing abstracts was “playful”. And the first thing that Ms. Zur said to me about her work was: “I like to play”. That’s so evident in her carefree and colourful swoops and swirls.