A project by UNESCO-MOST – C.I.P.S.H – Mémoire de l’Avenir
Avi Sperber is not a spontaneous artist. His work consists of thorough research – formulating an idea and planning his work to a point that one feels that when he chooses a stone, he already visualizes the finished sculpture in full detail. Indeed, one has the impression that Sperbers’ sculptures are exposed from within the stone – as if they were there all along and he just revealed them. Sperber works in series and themes, dealing with man and nature.
He expresses his ideas through symbolically charged images. This is a semiotic approach to art – assuming the existence of meaningful cultural signs that do not need explaining. The symbolic meaning of the snake, for example, or the pomegranate, is obvious to every member of the Jewish/Israeli culture.