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44 DEGREES is an online magazine and dedicated to promoting Israeli artists. The magazine deals with the field of contemporary art. Present digital media artists, painters, sculptors and curators. Each magazine will discuss a different Issue. To contact each artist, click on his site, or write to his email. 

The issue of the magazine – FANTASY Fantasy - a wide issue, can bring everyone to his imaginary story. Fantasy is a popular genre, having found a home for itself in almost every medium like writing, film, art, design, etc. This subject, open to artists a very wide space of possibilities, dreams and adventure. This fascinating issue takes the viewer to far away worlds, strange, fascinating and full of imagination. Enjoy! The 44 DEGREES online art Magazine is founded by TAMMY MIKE LAUFER 2013 All rights reserved © The official website of the magazine:

Drawing on the front of the magazine, concept and design by Tammy Mike Laufer

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• RAMI ATER My work is always the way I see it. Is it fantasy? You will decide. My sculptures are handmade iron sculptures, mainly created with an extensive use of burners. The result retains the special nature of the material. My recent works are reflecting the contrast between beauty and ugliness, soft flow against the hardness of the iron.


• AVIVA BEIGEL Fantasy, I see it with my eyes wide open. It is sticking out of the darkness, with splashes of colors and forms. I am floating slowly in it, finding enchanted corners and forgotten dreams. You can leave and forget reality behind you, go as far as you want. Come and enjoy freedom of mind and soul. It is so liberating. You will love it! installation, 60X60x40 cm, hand made mosaic on wood. 2004 Around the world 1,2,3 -30X24 cm ,mix media on x-ray photo. 2005

• KATERINA VERGUELIS Frozen Dreams. What inspires me – is the material of glass in its original state. Glass is born in flames, a liquid that prompts the artist to be in a constant movement. When it cools down is like time stops. Glass’ similarity to ice makes me feel that a moment in time eternalizes itself there. Therefore, glass epitomizes mass for me. What startles me as an artist is a realization that I am a creator of this imprint of time. It’s like a moment of dream that you want to catch and freeze forever. This desire to partake in the process of solidification of this frozen moment pushes me forward – when you chasing your dream – you can’t stop. The texture created on the surface of the objects transforms ‘cold,’ smooth and shiny, - natural qualities of glass, into ´hot´, pleasant and curious to touch. My desire to show my love for glass is in inviting the spectator and making one want to touch it that is not typical and doesn’t go without saying. I feel and see that glass is the most grateful material and when you invest all your dreams and love in it – you get this love multiplied. Techniques: Blown glass, sawn, engraved, polished, etched.

Solid 3-9: 12x12x11cm

Solid 4-11: 16x15x14cm

Solid 2: 17x11x11cm

Solid 6: 34x8x6cm

• RUSLAN SERGEEV My sculpture world is reminiscent of amazing creatures, characters space carnivals and phantasmagoria. Saturated colors, sometimes bright, sometimes a little muted color spots resemble a scattering of precious stones, and a careful line of fantastic figures give each of them a special finesse. I try to connect my creatures, with the tradition of the Arts in the Middle East and its reflection in European Art tradition. Zoomorphic sculptures as in Babylonian and Egyptian mythology through which art fills traditional, historical and natural landscape requirements. In return the environment is filled with sounds and whispers of different understandings and meanings which, although, were created in an instant of the muse they stand strong and fast in the test of time. I want that my environmental sculpture invites observers to take part in the experience, drawing them to touch the sculpture and become part of it. Materials: metal construction, recycle ceramic tiles 1. The Grasshopper – 9m x 25m x 22m Landscape playground sculpture 2. "Snail" – 2,5m x 7m x 3m Playground mosaic sculptures 3. "Bio 9" – 2m x 2,5m x 1m Mosaic sculpture

• IRIS ARAD Bachelor of textile design, Shenkar college of engineering and design, Ramat-Gan, Israel, specializing in Knitting I am fascinated by the techniques and the process of creating threedimensional shapes by knitted surfaces. I try to create combination of color that is not banal, and yet harmonizes. My work is a world of shapes and colors that show my imagination, my desire that the audience will experience a magical and naive fairy-tale moment just from looking at them.

• DANIELLA WEXLER I am a recycling artist. I found these water containers apart in the garbage and decided that they should be a real family. You can see them now transparent but full of love, really caring for each other and for the little one. They keep asking "did we come from another planet?“

• LEO CONTINI LAMPRONTI THE ANASCULPTURE (BLACK HOLES ART) The conventionally represented surfaces, those which are left between the lacunae, are apt to convey the visual 3-dimensions message. On the other hand, shape and distribution of the lacunae induce a mental perception of the three dimensions . The two perceptive processes, visual and mental, work together and convey the information required. An artistic tip: the pronounced transparence of the artifact - due to the widespread presence of the lacunae - induces its interactivity with any still or moving object (real or virtual) placed within the gap between artifact and background. This circumstance modify the message conveyed by the anasculpture and its artistic meaning. The anasculpture is an abridged mode of representation of reality; it is extensively not existing due to the lacunae pervading it. Yet it proves to be a powerful mean of conveying complex and composite information. The empathetic soul of objects and bodies revealing a hidden side of their essence that stimulates the active participation of the observer in the process of generation of art, according to the conception of the French philosopher Merleau Ponty.

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"Musical Flower Sprout" Anasculpture Oil painting on photoetched copper plate, 40 x 30 cm ca

• TAMMY MIKE LAUFER In these series of works, I present an imaginary story which objects become imaginative with long legs. Where do they go? Do they go to Noah's ark? My works are similar to mental puzzles, where you can travel from one point to another by analyzing a picture’s symbolic objects. there is always something for the observer to discover. I never force my vision or push my philosophical opinion on the viewers each and every one, can give theirs philosophy to my creation. My art is surreal reality, all in my head. The viewer take a journey to places just as real as those you might find in this reality. When I start working on a new scene, it's like enter to a fantasy dream. like starting your new only virtual world. “Everything is possible” and in the majority of my works I am trying to combine visual realities, with subconscious emotions and philosophical thoughts. I create my virtual world, with 3d software and 2d paint software. Using combinations of renderings, lightings, textures and shapes.

• ZVI FADELMAN Designer and illustrator, Head of Visual Communication Department at the Avni Institute,Tel-Aviv. When cameras and VCRs will long be gone, we will remain only with our imagination. The unpredictable, surprising and vital part of the brain. That which existed long before books, films and computers. Tearing parts of the imagination and recreating them in the real world creates a world of Hyper-realism. The Land of Exile Is a series of illustrations that takes the viewer to ‘A no man’s land’, Just to survive in exile as a fate worse than death; An uncompromising dialogue with modern life. These works were influenced by songs and poems of the great poets of all time: "The Land of the Exile" by Rabindranath Tagore, "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley "The Land of Exile" by Chu Yuan. Unlike the previous series held on bail of eternal snow to the ground, notes from underground illustrations take the viewer into the earth's seals, heat and suffocating and colorful crunch. In stating that within ourselves there is no place rather have rest or hope. Figure uncompromising technique goes to the heart of matter, color, climate and mind, slowly revealed to him the stranger, to me, to the characters themselves, to the viewers. All that remains is to slow the rate of breathing, speech and vision, and allow it to be born for the first time visually under the brush. External dialogue with reality imagined internal dialogue serves as a platform that will predict where or who can meet along the way.

• DINA BOVA My art is full of allegories, metaphors and multifaceted associations. It’s a new world of my subjective reality, created with my camera and computer. This world is sometimes absurd and paradoxical, sometimes strange and surreal, but this world is a reflection of my true feelings. In this world, different emotions coexist side by side: irony, fear, joy, pain, sometimes even madness and despair, but there’s always a presence of hope and there’s never hatred. My artworks are far from classic photography and remind paintings of Renaissance period and at the same time conceptual neo-surrealism. Truthful fiction is the basis of my creative style. My artworks don’t reflect the reality as we know it, yet convey a deep, accurate and true message. A fictional artwork may carry more truth than documentary work, as best said in the famous phrase "Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures". I draw my inspiration from many sources, such as allegories and Bible texts. They inspire me with their mysticism and philosophy. I use allegories as a way to express my understanding of the modern world and talk about what's really important to me today, sometimes with some sense of irony. My works are often provocative and at the same time dramatic. Each is an original story, a parable, a profound philosophy about the world, as well as a strong emotional outburst and imaginative insight. Often my characters, full of tragedy and loneliness, serve as guides, taking the spectators into the infinite and mysterious worlds. Through art I try to ask some tough existential questions, such as: Who are we? Why did we come into this world? What is beauty? How do we preserve our uniqueness? – There are no definitive and clear-cut answers or readymade recipes. These are the questions to which everyone has to find his own answers. I believe art it should speak for itself and convey a special mood. It should need no explanation, no elaboration and no apologies. It can be very aesthetic or the opposite of it. The most important thing - is freeing the imagination, so "the sky is the limit"...

I consider myself an avant-garde artist, seeking new ways in art photography. I also participate in exhibitions and international photography competitions. To date, close to 100 of my works were awarded over 350 prizes in 25 countries.

• GALIT ROSEN In Between, photography, 60X90 cm A time travel of colors and objects that exist only inside the camera. As I travel - so does the camera. While the view through the window changes rapidly, wearing new forms and shades to be captured, I breathe pieces of it straight in, as the car speeds up. Pushing the shutter hard to scroll up and fill the lungs of the sensor with unexpected portions of light, while blocking my own view, not knowing what will appear in a few seconds on the screen. The surprises keep coming as raindrops wash out the window, trees grow trees and an individual building spreads all over the horizon. After having no control over the landscape while photographing, I take the images to another ride, but this time through the Photoshop alley, where I make the rules and use them as raw material. I assemble them to a far, unpredictable view, hybrid the different spaces and scales to an unfamiliar world.

• MICHAL ALMA MARCUS As creating multi-disciplinary, theoretical writing deals with philosophical and mystical poetry alongside creating digital works, I'm looking for other multidisciplinary research connections through the new intellectual and metaphysical reality. Digital work helps preserve the concrete and emphasizes the reality of change between different worlds. My works are characterized by multiple worlds and their affiliation to various levels of realities. You can translate this port through the body mind and mental structures can be connected to a futuristic research contexts present. I have been plied manual and work through painting and photography I see buildings that I engaged in some worlds, some underground and sub-conscious, but they all belong to the end of the equation concept living moment makes the variable element once it accepts life. Similar photographic moment you've lived at the same time, from the moment it changes and get an extra physical values values change it. Filmed live moment he died, becoming moments of life that depict the depth difference between the photographic moment resulting from a moment of change, and it leads to the bottom of other places and other worlds. Other materials can be seen also on Twilight. Is photography is the most accurate means of describing reality? What is the difference between photography and the freedom and liberation of his painting? True nature outside getting a different face when he photographed or when he painted, but what happens to the image when it stays in place without a place, and makes no long term?.

• ELDAD PNINI For me a fantasy is a dream I experience in my dreams all kinds of situations, compositions and feelings that later when I'm waking up I translate them into my pictures. i'm using the lens of my camera and my editing software to turn my fantasies, my dreams to reality. I believe that each person sees something different in the pictures, so I do not give names nor explanations to my pictures, I'm giving the viewers to experience their own fantasies.

• Dr. NURIT CEDERBOUM In this set of works, the fantasy is expressed through the techniques and the images in themselves. The works presented constitute the closing of a process, which began as collection of images from newspaper articles, and their arrangement as collages. Then, the collages were processed and modified through cutting, adding layers on an addition and removal basis. Upon the collage design, a photographing process began, and eventually, computer processing. The fantasy portrayed in those work is the ability to create a visual reality while employing integrated techniques and materials, which are not bounded by the physical, substantive reality. The images in those works, too, associate and connect without corresponding to reality. I form various, new connections, which become a fantastic, surreal reality; body parts, faces, and objects connect in a new, different way within the picturesque space, which turns the impossible into possible, thus creating a new, different story in a world of fantasy.

• JOZSEF RAZ Visual Graphic Design and History of Art graduate. On the way from the analog world to the digital world , I went from using direct contact of the materials such as : celluloid , steel , wood , glass and canvas to the digital world where I collect all the materials for may work using the camera and the scanner. The computer's mouse is my main tool to draw and scalp my work of art. My work expresses " searching after the beauty in the ugliness and the ugliness in the beauty " and creates an illusion of the fantasy world .

• DITI RAVNER I am an artist, living in Mevaseret Zion. Pruzna Sreet is the last street of the Warsaw Ghetto, which existed until recently as it was. For the last four year I was photographing the street and worked on the photos. My fantasy with the street is seeing it full of the people who used to live there. When I close my eyes, I can see vividly how busy and full of activity this street once was. Very busy people, happy and sad, shouting and smiling. Life as it is not death as it was. I started having a dialogue with the buildings. They “told” me their stories and I answered by taking photos, collecting broken doors, shuttered windows, wrecked terraces and miscellaneous pieces of glory from piles of devastation. I showed those photos in exhibitions in Warsaw, Sieradz and in June 2013 in Krakow.

• ASHER GIBEL 2004 was a good year for me. After I was diagnosed with Parkinson disease, I had to close my photographer's studio I had to fit all the photography equipment ,camera's ,backdrops',developing equipment into 2 by 2 meter room Any thing that didn't fit in was thrown out The neurologist who treat me told me 'I can't help you any more ,It's like two stuck gears that can't move he was referring to my mobility To make his point he intertwined his fingers and tried unsuccessfully to rotate his palms This image accompanied me for a few days ,until I decided that from now on I will photograph what I want and that year 2004 I started photographing the 'Usiskin forest' that had been planted 100 years before by jews exiled from jafa It's true Parkinson's limited my movement but it opened horiizons of thought and imagination so today I intent on the path I look

• AVIHAI COHEN By blending realism, surrealism and symbolism, I transfer the natural and individual world and Combines figurative humanity, which is reflected in my personal life, into the life of existential nature and flight, bringing all orderly patterns into one visual scene. These scenes exhibit the existential reality, the environmental harmony and the complexity of the human invention. With weeping sensation insight, boisterous colors, rejuvenation, examination of unanswered mysteries and at its end, crusts yet another piece of simplified conclusion, but still, honest. Avihai Cohen, born 1963, an autodidact painter from childhood, came to independent art only at the beginning of the 21st century after going through a series of back operations, in which the last one left my left leg disabled. At the previous period of his life, I owned a studio for design and illustration. As of the 21st century he became a wholly dedicated painter and artist. Several other group and single exhibitions were to follow since.

• NURIT SHANI I used to think fantasy is an event outside of reality. Today I know that the reality that emerges in my mind, is all made of fantasy. The lead actress in creating this interesting fabric in which I live is projection, which collects and assembles things from reality and puts them together as a work of art, projection presented to me her picture. A work of art called realizing reality. And I believe her, walking in the projection made by my believe that everything is real. As long as I believed I drew real fantasy paintings as reflections in a square canvas, actualizing the phenomenon as a reflection in the mirror or a in a window, or in a shop window. As the three paintings I did during the 90th: Recently I woke up and found that the most empowered refection, that affects me most of as a fantasy, is reality reflected in the form of the artistic image. So today I paint fantasy images in a repetitive composition in my contemporary compositions: I paint a room, on its wall art it symbolizing the fantasy and the audience watching or watching, symbolizes the awakened observation consciousness of the fantasy reflecting reality on the wall. Like in the painting "I Want to be a star", oil on canvas, 80X60 cm (inspired by Nino Herman photo of the actress Lea Bambi)

• GAL COHEN My paintings involve personal fantasies, humor, gender roles, social criticism, wildness, by describing extreme and surrealistic situations, kind of dreamy-like or ones that stand on the border between imagination and reality. While my paintings are based on some kind of a visual photo-based truth ,they are constantly bothered by my intervention- adding, dismissing details in the painting in a way that creates this surrealistic fantasized world. UNTITLED//Oil on canvas// 70X50 cm

• ITAY ZALAIT Fantasy, as define In Wikipedia, is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common. In my work I combine my deep subconscious world with my perspective about life. The use of magic and other supernatural phenomena is not restricted only to fantasy world, it takes place in our "regular" life every day, at least as I see it. All the weird creatures, monsters and imaginary animals that live inside my mind take part as a role in the game of society. These creatures and monsters are alive and kicking in each and every one of us. The magic is also not restricted only to dream world, it's happening all the time and everywhere, the thing is you need to be tuned to it in order to feel it.

• LIMOR TAMIR "I would like to be born there, Pure like death, Not knowing where, The paths take me, I ,woman with naked skin and eyes, Between her breasts the scar Is faded from every figure and thought As if run over by the wind And planted as a dead trunk And she is a statue to all her feelings Forcing swords to cut her throat Would like to have been born in a picture.� Noa Bellhasen My name is Limor Tamir , artist. Art for me is pure escapism. While I crate, I neglect reality and each time enter into a new one. Fantasy Is reality , and reality is too much of a fantasy.

"There" Mixed media 150*155

"And the history kicks all the weak out" Mixed media 40*50 diptych

• NURIT PELED multidisciplinary artist (sculptor ,painter and fashion designer) Growing up ,I was a kind of a nature child ,living in an agricultural settlement .This affected me deeply ,and is being expressed in my work .I have a great deal of love and admiration to mother nature ,that in my Eyes the biggest artist of all. All of my art-works absorb their inspiration from nature and the beauty of the creation .I combine between three world : first -the external ,realistic world (that manifests itself in the painting of nature ,human and animals) , second -my internal world (of imagination ,emotion and spirituality) and third- the world of design and fashion .worlds that is combined by my inspiration. I my works I create new connections among different things that were not necessarily connected before .My intention is to intertwine between different media .For example :I paint the human figures with acrylic on paper ,photograph them as well as photograph some landscapes ,combine the tow with the Photoshop application ,have them printed on canvas, and when I continue painting in acrylic on the print. This connects the classical traditional media of painting (with a brush) and the newer technologies (camera ,computer and print) to a new discipline :a digital+ hand print art. 1 "Fantasy" - 110x85 c''m. Multimedia :paintig in acrylic on a prinded photography, on canvas 2 "Magic Moon"- 110x85 c''m- Multimedia:paintig in acrylic on a prinded photography, on canvas .

• AYELET BERMAN Sometimes, the fantasy of one is the reality of the other. It is person, class, culture, space and time dependent, and most of all, it is a matter of imagination. A fantasy may be a dream, a story or an image, a memory of something that has never really happened, a view engraved in our memories from a place we had never been to, and people we miss though we never knew. The work presented here – in oil colors on canvas - makes it partially come true.

• MATAN KOHN I think of my installations as unfinished inventories of fragments: objects, drawings, paintings, photographs, and other inventions. They are improvisational sites in which the constructed and the ready-made are used to question our making of the world through language and knowledge. My arrangements are schematic, inviting the viewer to move into a space of speculation. I rely on our desires for beauty, poetics and seduction. The work thus far has used the frame of the museum to propose a secret history of modernity, and in the process, point to stereotypes of difference, which are hidden in plain sight. I have found the histories of surrealism and minimalism to be useful in the rearranging of received ideas. The objects I make are placed in the canon of modernist art, in hopes of making visible what is overlooked in the historicizing of the artist. This project has always been grounded in pleasure and aesthetics. Hand drawn and computer colored

• ORIT GOLDMAN I conjure up my thoughts with a huge spoon Splashing dirt, wiping out. Splashing dirt, purifying my idea. Identity, substance, dismantle and organizing all together haphazardle. Putting the deformity on a pedestal Strength lushing out oppose to poetic. Walking on a red thin ice devoid of any safety net. Main image against Rorshach stains. Discpline as oppose to nonconformism. I am overwhelmed by vandalism. Mulling over abusivness, social justice and wide range of motions and inner thoughts. I bring my inner self into the table. Estetic and revultion are equally mesmerizing. Acrylic pigments and industrial emulsion dry fast. My head and my innergut are working swiftly, not necessarily in the right order For my work I use plywood I am in love with its texture. Soft pencils lay integrally in the palm of my hand. Often i start with darkness and gradually building up to illumination.. Sometime stubbing the plywood, others cradle it. Observing my work and overcome with excitement. There are things that hidden even from me... ‫‏‬

• MALLY ELBAZ ALMANDINE Almandine – A deep purplish red, naturally occurring gemstone which serves as the basis of my work and my personal philosophy. The personal significance of this stone has carried me through the hardships in my life. The stones are the building blocks of my personality as well as my paintings. As a child from an economically impoverished family, I used to play in vast fields outside my house. Little stones similar to Almandine were my toys. They formed my first pleasant memories, they were the characters who painted my imagination, who told me stories, and in the unpredictable condition of my early life, I had them always. Today, I portray these stones as the basic elements comprising the images on my canvas, which are the emotional recollections of my life's events. My artistic creations harbor multiple dynamic layers which I embrace. For example, in addition to the representation of the almandine stones as a beaded string which illuminates the figures in my paintings, I also view my creations as woven quilts. As so, my paintings are influenced by my father's profession in Yemen as a tailor to the king. The intricate and colorful detail is an interpretive representation of the Jewish-Yemeni quilting work that my father had toiled over in his boyhood. The patterns intertwine to stitch together the human experience that I felt as a young girl, that my father had felt as a boy, and that the viewer feels as he identifies with these emotions.

• TAHEL MAOR Using fantasy as a strategy, my works often tries to create a story or certain atmosphere that will form the line between beautiful and disturbing. Dealing with issues such as the meaning of home, childhood and fate, I confront and contrast the nostalgic with the suppressed, the permanent with the impermanent and the insignificant with the fateful.

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Grow up. Aquarelle, 35/25 cm. Real estate. Aquarelle, 35/25 cm. Careful. Black PRISMACOLOR pencil, 42/30 cm. Patient. Aquarelle, 35/25 cm.

• SARITH HAAS Technique: print and etching Artist Statement: I use etching lines with combinations of color patches of aquatint etchings provide the visual richness, and invite the viewer to step beyond the world of images today - daily into the world of the artist's Wonderland.

• MICKY HAREL Visual artist, poem writer and a bloger. Latest exhibitions: 2011 dec' Art association in Tel Avuv "Well tied" "Bread and roses" Tel Aviv Dec 2012 2013, March Reut macabim' "What is your dream?" Reaching the age of 18th My 3 sons held a gun in their hands. Series of drawings expressing a Sweet and sower fantasy on the verge of grotesque. Dealing with my pacifist consept, fears, and the need to escape. 1. Oil on paper, 100cm'x70cm' 2. Monotype, mixed media, pastels charcoal pencil and acrylics 50cm'x29.5cm' 3. Mixed media, Charcoal, pencil,pastels and ink. 50cm'x29.5cm'



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