Winner of the 2019 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize for a Young Artist awarded is Elena Rotenberg « The Jerusalem Artists House – בית האמנים בירושלים

Winner of the 2019 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize for a Young Artist awarded is Elena Rotenberg

Elena Rotenberg

Winner of the 2019 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize for a Young Artist, awarded in collaboration with the Jerusalem Artists’ House

Elena Rotenberg is the winner of the 2019 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize, awarded annually in collaboration with the Jerusalem Artists’ House. The Prize was introduced in 2007. It includes a 10,000 NIS award and a solo exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists’ House. Rotenberg’s exhibition will open at the Jerusalem Artists’ House on September 7, 2019; the award ceremony will be held on October 27, 2019.

In their statement, the prize committee members—artists Shai Azoulay, Miriam Cabessa, and Zoya Cherkassky—noted:

Elena Rotenberg’s paintings arouse curiosity, attesting to painterly intelligence rife with “street knowledge” and “studio wisdom.” They call upon the viewer to draw nearer and linger on the elusive details comprising their subjects, which are simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar.

Rotenberg introduces an innovative, up-to-date painterly language originating in graffiti and snapshots such as those readily available and easily disseminated in the social media. As in photography, she edits and manipulates the painted image, which thus becomes dynamic, while also harnessing its built-in flaws, such as masking, blurring, and lack of focus. Using airbrush as her painting technique, Rotenberg transforms these shortcomings into a sophisticated language which infuses the painting on canvas with street qualities.

Seemingly banal, mundane scenes—e.g. a mass outdoor barbecue (Alaesh, 2018), or a selfie against the backdrop of tourist sites (Abduction of Europa, 2019)—surrender great thought and a painterly dialogue with the “subject,” while every mise en scène/snapshot surrenders both detachment and belonging, both dissociation and fusion.

For the proficiency, wisdom, and beauty of execution we have decided to confer the 2019 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize on Elena Rotenberg.

Jury: Shai Azoulay, Miriam Cabessa, and Zoya Cherkassky