Like most things concerning Israeli artist Noma Bar, there’s more than one way to read his latest collection Cut The Conflict. On the one hand, it’s either an exasperated plea or barked order aimed at warring countries to stop all the fighting. On the other, it’s an allusion to the physical techniques his work employs, and going further still, it references the importance of outline and space which serve to juxtapose multiple symbolic, and in this case opposing, elements in his creations.
Cut the Conflict is currently underway at Rook & Raven, London, and Bar has brought along his dog to help. The customised die cutting machine in the shape of a dog is a bit of a beast, wolfing down material up to 1cm thick and spitting out Bar’s computer designed shapes. For this exhibition he’s using materials sent to him from citizens of war-torn countries, forcing the two to live together in one surprising image. The series, created exclusively for the gallery, will consist of between 30 and 50 new pieces. Cut the Conflict is happening now and ends on 21 December.