Avner Sher: Scratching the Surface

NEW YORK—Avner Sher pours his heart out on cork boards. Using a wood burning pen, screwdrivers and hammers, he scratches, tears, burns and (by splashing wine, ketchup or iodine on them) cures the surfaces, transforming the standard office products into compelling works of art. His images are full of history and symbolism and have a primitive aesthetic.

The son of Holocaust survivors, Israel-based Sher is an architect who also pursues art. He describes his work “an expression of hope in the face of chaos.”

Sher is exhibiting his cork board works at the Jacob Javits Center where three art shows are being held this weekend (Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, 2012): the American Craft Show NYC, Contemporary Art Fair NYC and Art Off the Main.

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