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The work methods of Matan Ben-Tolila include acts of repetition, distortion, filling and subtraction. He investigates issues of mobility, stability and control while at the same time the lack thereof, suggesting several possibilities simultaneously. Amongst these appear an implied human presence, achieved by painting history fragments, remnants of fires and bodies of water. The temporary structures spread out and conquer the landscape while at the same time blocking it, dictating scale, perspective and narrative. Though his landscapes seem to describe nowhere specific, they reflect detachment, anxiety and constant tension which characterizes life in Israel.


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