artwork „Neve Shalom II“ by Malwin Faber

Artwork: „Neve Shalom II“by Malwin Faber

Print, 29.5*36 cm abstrakt

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About the Artwork

Monotype (acrylic) and digital printing on paper Edition of 20 (individualized editions), 2022 With the edition "Neve Shalom", which includes two variations (Neve Shalom I and Neve Shalom II), I would like to remind of the Jewish history in Hamburg. Around 1700, Sephardic Jews settled in Hamburg. The Neve Shalom community built a synagogue in Altona, which at that time was under Danish authority. In Hamburg, however, Jewish life was much more regulated. In 1834, the community was finally able to build a synagogue in a backyard located at Alter Wall, but it was destroyed by the great fire of 1842. A new synagogue was built shortly after, again in a backyard situation just a few houses further on. The interior of the synagogue is reported to have been decorated with Moorish motifs and floral ornamental patterns. In 1935 the synagogue was closed, around 1940 destroyed (probably) by bombing in WW2. The paper work consists of two layers: A graphic layer that was digitally printed, and a layer that I printed by hand using the monotype printing process. The graphic pattern, composed of triangles, is reminiscent of a waving cloth - similar to a tallit (a prayer shawl in Judaism). In the composition of the triangles also results the shape of the Star of David. The graphic is overlaid by the traces that are created by the monotype printing. Each individual work is unique due to the gestural application of color and the printing process. Source:

About the Artist

Malwin Faber creates complex synergies from gestural traces, sharp-edged cut-outs, lines and material textures. The abundance of different interwoven colours and shapes initially appears as a Gordian knot, demanding the full attention of the beholder. Faber focuses on presenting a fascinating interplay of seemingly contradictory images and outwardly contrasting prominences: the small-scale with the extensive, geometric elements contrasted with sweeping indexical signs, convergence with centrifugal force. Most striking is the simultaneity of speed and tranquillity, of coincidence and precision. The picture’s gradual composition resembles a jazz improvisation; it is a blend of freedom and discipline with alternating rhythms. (Text: Dagmar Lott-Reschke) Malwin Faber is currently part of the Kunstimpulse exhibition on Mönckebergstraße.


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