Yaakov (2015)
       
     
 Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015
       
     
 Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015
       
     
 Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015
       
     
 Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015
       
     
Yaakov (2015)
       
     
Yaakov (2015)

Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015

Old catalogue reproductions of sculptural work by Berlin-born, Israeli artist Yochanan Ben Yaakov (1913–2003), were cut out, painted over and pasted together. They were then photographed, reprinted and drawn over again. The resulting two-dimensional works are an amalgamation of sculpture, collage and painting.

Ben Yaakov, who immigrated to Israel in 1933 and settled at Kibbutz Hazorea, is best known for his sculptures, murals and other public art. Laufer, a native of Kibbutz Hazoera, undertakes an intricate process where monumental pieces transform into fragile, minuscule swirls that are placed against colored backgrounds, in compositions that recall the studio setting of the portrait tradition.

With the absurd adaptation and appropriation of his oeuvre, Laufer revisits Ben Yaakov’s artistic persona and his frequent use of found objects – characteristics that, growing up, shaped her idea of an artist’s persona at large. The work also alludes to the semantics of Yaakov, one of the three Patriarchs in the Old Testament, whose name designates ‘one who follows on another’s heels’ – a supplanter.

 Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015
       
     

Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015

 Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015
       
     

Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015

 Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015
       
     

Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015

 Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015
       
     

Untitled from the series Yaakov, Colour pencils on colour digital prints, 420 mm x 594 mm, 2015