Already in the 1950s, Gershon Knispel sought to fix his gaze on the places where the personal brushes up against the collective in order to expose the gaps and the areas of distress where the individual is pushed to the margins. This mode of looking, which seeks to find what is hidden while ideologies become realized and in the actions of political systems, has characterized his art and the mediums he has chosen to use throughout the years. Knispel is an artist dedicated to idea and to action. His art strives to present a moral viewpoint and to strip away the façade of the cliché in order to focus on society and the individual who must endure the consequences of collective processes. On a path that began in the 1950s with a localized and synchronous outlook that broadened during time spent in Europe into a universal way of looking and then crystalized into a diachronic viewpoint while living in Brazil, Knispel has endeavored to join history and territory into a single meaningful entity.
This exhibition presents works on paper, mostly prints – some were created as autonomous works, others are illustrations for works by a few writers and poets, and most bear an affinity to works in other mediums, either as sketches for murals, reliefs and sculptures or as a dialectic progression for works in other fields.