Lord of Colors (in White)
Lord of Colors (in White) is part of an artistic corpus that Michal Na’aman collectively named "Legion." The name is taken from the New Testament, where it denotes a group of “unclean spirits” that possess and torment man (Mark 5:9). In Hebrew, the words “Lord of Colors” are based on the biblical expression “Lord of Hosts”; they play upon the meaning of this expression thorugh the reversal of gender and through the use of a homonym, thus introducing into the image a transgender play on words, and thoughts about divinity and art.
Parts of a rabbit/duck are visible beneath the horizontal lines above and below the words. The rabbit/duck image is derived from Wittgenstein’s philosophical discussions of language. It raises the issue of the multiplicity of meanings, which prevents any clear-cut linguistic definition independently of a visible context. Both the rabbit/duck image and the phrase “Lord of Colors” have appeared in Na'aman's work since the 1970s.
"Legion" is a corpus of works that simultaneously conceal and reveal the themes, images, paradoxes and absurdities that are part of Michal Na’aman’s artistic world. The Sisyphean task of repeatedly painting the canvas, covering it with masking tape, and then removing the tape creates an abstract curtain, composed of a unique syntax of colors and forms. This curtain seems like an attempt to cover up for the intellectual and associative processes that haunt Na’aman’s works. Nevertheless, the images and words hidden beneath it always erupt out onto the surface.