For Israeli artist Tal R, art is about the kolbojnik, or “leftovers”: the peripheral and overlooked ideas and images from our everyday world. He explores these tidbits in his dynamic array of compositions that incorporate bygone materials and techniques to create disarming yet delightful compositions.
Working much of the time in prints, Tal R exploits the power of the multi-phase printing process to bring out his bold line work paired with subtle complexities of the composition. In doing so, Tal R engages his audience yet disorients them in the piecemeal nature of each work. Narratives are left incomplete; expressions are left unresolved; and the viewer is compelled to keep looking to learn more.
Born Tal Shlomo Rosenzweig in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tal R relocated with his family to Denmark when he was very young and later pursue his early artistic training there. First studying at the Royale Academy in Copenhagen from 1994 to 2000, he then enrolled at the Billedskolen (also in Copenhagen) from 1986 to 1988. He won the Carnegie Art Award in 2002 as well as the Eckersberg Medaillen in 2005. Tal R’s work is included in international museums including the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; the Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunste, Copenhagen; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Hammer Contemporary Art Collection in Los Angeles.