The Artist's Manifesto
The interpretation of the term "urbanica" in the vocabulary of the artist Amir Chodorov, is linked to a different and additional aspect of his artistic creation. He is looking for the misunderstood and the unknown and in spite of the photographed elements which are known and familiar to us, the artist raises questions whether the photographed location is indeed familiar to us. Chodorov is true to himself as an artist and trusts the unique path he has taken. He uses his camera as another limb of his body, another arm, another brain. He strives to achieve originality and uniqueness.
The writer Rick Riordan said at the time: "To ask an artist to explain his creations, or
a poet to explain his verses misses the point, the meaning is revealed only by searching for the truth." Amir is searching in his travels here in Israel and around
the world for the incomprehensible and the unknown within the known and the familiar. His photographs invoke in the observer astonishment mixed with optimism, a limitless identification with him. In his unique working method Chorodov creates a narrative by means of exact frames, illuminated and special, and in fact just as creators of cartoons, he achieves three-dimensional wholeness.
The American author J. D. Salinger claims that for an artist the only thing that matters
is to create a kind of wholeness as he sees it and that is what really matters. In Amir's photographs there is such completeness, a new and a unique one.
Chodorov brings us the contemporary influence of the digital world which is around us and his creations are in fact woven from pixels which our eyes never tire seeing. Life is made up of milestones, pieces of a puzzle which compliment one another.
Amir's puzzle consecrates history but at the same time he creates a new and fresh
contemporary reality. His artwork is distinguished by the geometric and sometimes abstract character which is born from a certain emotional situation or an imaginary event which the artist decided to embellish with various layers of impressive coloring.
His artwork emphasizes the victory of the spirit, inspiration and beams of light he
found within himself.
There is, for instance, the series of photographs of churches and holy places. Amir has
succeeded in intensifying the insignificance of the individual, harking back to the Romantic artistic trend in the 19th century, which stressed the smallness of man as compared to the mightiness of God and his Creation. But whereas in the concept of
Romanticism, man is aware of his vulnerability, Chorodov boldly disregards his
own vulnerability and looks with amazement at the details which compose our colorful environment that has no boundaries.
In his artistic path, which often butts against technical obstacles, with endless patience, he produces his works of art. The author and psychologist, Viktor E. Frankl,
claims, among others, in his book The Unconscious God: Psychotherapy and Theology, that unconscious religiousness is not only an important reality but may
be an exceedingly significant dimension of the human condition. He has, in fact, identified brain structures that are related to spirituality and the religious experience. This can be applied to the artistic creativity of Amir Chorodov, which flourishes in layers which cannot be totally illuminated.
24.8.19 - 24.9.19 NY www.amsterdamwhitneygallery.com
London Art Biennale 2019
1st Prize in Photography
International Prize MICHELANGELO