Moni Blech
Blech draws us into his inner world. His powerful paintings are formed by toying with contrast. We witness the artist’s motion and movement and can sense his loose strokes on the canvas. Blech dandles with the shape as a whole and by breaking it he creates tension between harmony and disharmony. The intricate relationships between the shapes and layers have the sort of dynamic that leaves us with a sense of revelation. Moni’s creations compel the spectator to examine the paintings from different perspectives. The viewer approaches and withdraws, focusing on nuances whilst appreciating the picture as a whole.
Even in his early years, Blech had an aptitude for abstract art. At his first exhibit in 1981 he presented Pop-Art themed work using mixed techniques on cardboard. Throughout his career he focused on both plastic arts and photography. Today he is a familiar figure in the photography scene, initiator and producer of the “Israel Photographers album“. Throughout the years, his diverse creativity in the arts has led him to develop his own painting language which is now a part of the abstract discipline in all of its forms.
Blech faces an empty canvas and works with “premeditated spontaneity”. He draws from his subconscious onto the fabric. Alongside bursts of energy, we witness a calculated process where Moni consciously restrains the shapes and creates intricate and fascinating compositions. His artworks document an endless power struggle between the wild, free of logical boundaries and the restrained, aesthetic and homogeneous..
The effects of Abstract Expressionism, identified with the New York school, are significant in Blech’s work both in his bold moves on the canvas and his narrative-creating abstract compositions. Like Franz Kline, an artist who’s associated with the 50’s New York scene, Blech creates preliminary sketches that change throughout the work process. At times, the paintings stay true to the basic outlines, while sometimes, as a part of the intuitive flow and the need to succumb to impulse, the same outline becomes a contrast to the new composition and work as a single element within the whole piece..
Blech’s paintings are full and surprising. The same “reasoned and conscious composition”, as Wassily Kandinsky described in “Concerning the Spiritual in Art” is ultimately derived from emotions and not logic despite the functional and exact processing needed. His manipulation of paint, rapid brush strokes and the rich and sensual texture of “meaty” oil stains, contribute to the sense of vitality and in so doing perpetuate Blech’s mark.
One can associate Blech’s paintings to the “Abstracción Lirica” as expressed in the group of painters known as “New Horizons” founded by Zaritsky. Blech creates a rhythm between colors and lines, from effervescent musical beats that reflect the current urban state of mind, with its fast pace, incessant and dynamic lifestyle. It is that energy and dynamism which act in his work as raw material and not only as inspiration. Blech succumbs to momentary impulse and with his tools instills meaning which is inherent in his touch to the canvas. Determined lines that divide the canvas alongside thick textures and passionately applied paint, all create a prolonged experience of observation which provokes the viewer to contemplate.