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‘Plywood Transmission’ exhibition at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, London.

David Franchi – Thursday, 22nd January 2015

Cedar Lewisohn © Cock and Bull Gallery, London

Cedar Lewisohn © Cock and Bull Gallery, London

Cedar Lewisohn exhibition ‘Plywood Transmission’ has an exciting perception of drawing and painting at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, London.

The artist takes inspiration from two different kinds of elements, primitives and medieval. Cedar Lewisohn represents in his work knights and nobles together with thugs and poor people.

‘Plywood Transmission’ exhibition displayed the works of Lewisohn on big paper and woodblocks.

The artist has been abroad many times. He likes Europe and likes travelling. Wherever he goes, he has a notebook with him and draws all figures and images of inspiration. Then later he transfers these drawings on carved woods and paper.

Lewisohn said: “I see the woodblocks as tools to make images from. But they are in a way images themselves. The woodblocks are a visual alphabet that is constantly expanding. Everything from Mesopotamian gods, Masonic symbols, scenes from places in London pertinent to me. The blocks are cut by hand with a router, and various woodcutting tools. I think I am a compulsive producer… I’m always drawing, writing, making things. The woodcuts and woodcut prints came out of a desire to slow the process down. I’m also attracted to the analogue nature of them. The very idea that they are not a digital, video, online, type of thing. I work with scale with the woodcuts and prints, because it’s unusual to see these types of objects so large.”

Although the words Primitive and primitivism are contested, Lewishon considers the woodblocks a form of oriental art, which is addressed to the future but with strong connection with the past.

The show was captivating and should pay a visit.

‘Plywood Transmission’ exhibition was at the Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, Old Street, London, from 12th December 2014 until 9th January 2015.

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