Nissim Ben Aderet’s lyrically evocative illustrative art stems from the simple beauty of the stark, spirited line and expressive characters. He creates an intricate world of engaging patterns filled with the energetic movement and vibrant power of action painting.
Nissim’s art moves off of the wall and into live action with his most recent artistic creation, a dynamic collaboration with a fine china maker to craft a unique series of artist dinnerware. The series was launched at a dinner called “Meeting Point” where Nissim invited guests to dine with him, eat off of his new dinnerware, and become his live characters through a playfully immersive engagement with his art.
This uniquely crafted series of Nissim’s artist dinnerware is available in various sizes white on black, or black on white. They can be mixed and matched to craft your own dynamic table for everyday use or exciting entertaining.
My artwork stems from a simple black line on a white canvas. The painting starts with the placement of the marker pen upon the large empty drawing platform, which then evolves to create an intricate world of patterns. I study the movement of the line and its expressive powers as they are assimilated into the canvas, from the first point of contact to the lifting of the hand away from it. Each painting is one long continuum, but once it is complete, I find it impossible to trace the line back to its origin. The line becomes a duration, one action invested in time and matter.
My technique is connected to the expressive gesture of the action painting, but my work process is very quiet and controlled. My consciousness and my body are solely focused on the moving of the black marker. Thus, I think of my choice to work in high contrast of black and white as an effort to reduce the gesture, and the pattern, to a zero degree.
The engagement between the line and the platform examines figures that exist in different states of emergence, forming a somewhat symmetrical, abstract while orderly, sometimes crowded worlds. They depict a fragile figurative balance of independence and codependence, that reflects upon communal life and social interaction.
As more layers of pattern are drawn, more possible interrelations are created and visual hierarchies intertwine. Moving away from the canvas I let the line stand still, knowing it will be forever present within the depth of the pattern created.