Haviv art, Mediterranean sculpture: fantastic masterpieces by Ben Abu.
Haviv art Studio is located in Siderot (Israel) near Gaza, a land in conflict, an oriental land, but also a land near the Mediterranean Sea and sharing the Mediterranean culture.
The first time I saw Haviv art sculptures, I saw those giant faces of agony and purified forms: Expressionism, silent shouts, the Greek Thanatos turned to white stone, the Mediterranean attraction to the destruction and death, wonderful works of our last taboo. Afterwards, I saw other kind of works: generous fountains, statues to adorn playgrounds, guitars on doors and windows…, and I felt the Greek Eros flying in a festive atmosphere, forever blue.
Eros and Thanatos, the need of being happy, of living, of having children who continue our work… and the need of finishing, of starting again in another dimension, of reviving from our ashes as a Phoenix. This is the meaning of Haviv art Studio works. And you cannot see separately its sculptures because Ben Abu’s hand is only the artistic extension of a mind looking for an idea, a complete and unique idea: who are we? What are our feelings? What does it lie in our dreams? How can we behave so badly? How can we behave so well?
Human beings are very complicated, maybe this is the reason why only human beings have made art, and art should express our complete reality (and unreality too), art shouldn’t be clipped.
I am from the other shore of the Mediterranean Sea, from Spain. I have been several times in Barcelona, in the Guëll Park by Antonio Gaudi, among those fantastic sculptures covered with colorful mosaics. I have been several times in front of Picasso’ sculptures and paintings: guitars and more guitars. Yes, I am from the other shore of the Mediterranean Sea but I feel very near Haviv art, and I suppose if I were from Australia or America, I would feel near Haviv art, because it is… ART!
Haviv Art Multidisciplinary Artist Studio Art, lives in Sderot, near the border of Gaza City, his works combine musical elements, East and West, a musical bridge of peace between peoples and different cultures. He likes the dialogue through art, because art has the power to grow a new generation of peace and brotherhood. He says it is recommended for all people, despite the conflict in his area, because his art expresses the need, even in difficult times, of peace, sanity, color and imagination.
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