Nurit Manor’s exhibition of nudes – 2021, at The Artists House, Tel Aviv, Alkharizi St. , Israel. (*)
Opening: Artists House, Thursday July 29 2021, until: 12 August 2021.
Curator: Irit Levin
About Nurit Manor’s works in the “Model – Impressions” exhibition.
The exhibition “Model – Impressions” at the artists’ house opens a window into the drawings and paintings of a nude model – a classic drawing, which has been used for many years in art schools, in groups and classes, in the studio in an intimate meeting of a painter with a model or of several artists working with a model, each in his own approach to the subject. Drawing the model on paper allows hand and eye practice, study and observation. Sometimes it remains immature; Sometimes a preparatory sketch or drawing is used for painting – a draft for thoughts and feelings that will be translated into line and color.
The female model as an object of vision produced series of works for Manor even in the past. According to her, “drawing a model is always a challenge for me, refreshing the senses and inspiring, all the more so when drawing a fast model.” The exhibition features two sets of works: in one the focus is on the model’s face, the other is quick nude sketches on a magazine about gender. She works on several types of paper and writes using ink, charcoal, acrylic and pastel colors – creative materials she carries with her to the drawing sessions.
In the cluster of model faces, the female figures are recorded on brown and white paper from several angles. Most of them do not direct their gaze – their stomachs are slightly sealed, distant, turned to the side, they do not remain anonymous – the private name is indicated on the paper next to the date they were drawn.
The quick nude drawings were created on pages of “ARTEFACT” magazine, a magazine about sexuality and gender that she randomly bought in London. The inscription, the images and the symbols provided her with inspiration. This booklet, on fine paper, the size of a notebook, was also brought to the model meetings: “I pulled it out only when my eyes caught my eye – something wild, primal, in the pose and the look of the model… The hand moved quickly, the work grew as if by itself, running between the edges of a triangle – between the look of the model and visual connections which were printed in the brochure and among my feelings.” In the compositions created, the figures are immortalized in a variety of situations and positions alongside the motifs and texts on the substrate, visible and hidden between lines and spots in flickering and bright colors.
The model’s poses, which change in short time of periods, dictate fast drawing actions. The style is formed according to changing drawing lines: minimal, expressive and direct, trying to capture an elusive essence. The technique and content are not determined in advance but are intuitively chosen according to the personal mindset, the dynamics created in the meeting with the model, and the atmosphere in the studio.
“The ‘weather’ of the people working around me is projected as a kind of super-experience that somewhat leaves its mark on me and my work.”
“Drawing a model is always a challenge for me, refreshing the senses and inspiring, all the more so – when drawing a fast drawing.” NM