Omer Barr Biography

Established artist Omer Barr's black and white graphic prints explore the issues and relationship between construction and destruction.

Barr received a BA in Architecture, graduating Magna cum Laude, from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in 2001 and a MS in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York in 2005. He is currently based in New York.

In speaking about his current work, ?Palimpsest?, Barr states ?The project explores the metonymic qualities of a ruin. Into its site, the ruin introduces a particular duality: Superimposed yet simultaneously and inherently part of a given context, it serves both as remainder and as a reminder of a different time, evoking past traces that coexist within a present setting.? ?As each construction inherently possesses the roots of its destruction, similarly the destruction itself contains the potential for the consequent layer to follow. The fragments of a ruin, added up and utilized in order to create a new meaning, continue to retain within themselves the primary meanings intrinsic in their original structure, resulting in an accumulation of meanings that introduce past memories into a new design.?


2006 - - Ctrl-CE Exhibition, Seville, Bari, & Brussels - Beyond Media Architecture Exhibition, Florence, Italy

2005 - The Mill Cultural Art Center with Martin/Baxi Architects

2003 - ?Virus Architecture?, Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition - ?Inhabiting Identity?, The Architectural League

2002 - ?Design for East and West?, Hanssem Residential Design Competition

2001 - Yitzhak Rabin Square Design Competition for the Rabin Peace Forum