Background

The Underground Series comprises a growing body of paintings based on covertly shot photographs of underground train passengers. The series grew out of a natural fascination with portraiture and candid photography that accompanied my daily subway commute in New York City. I considered the paintings portals into the simultaneously private and public worlds of the sitters, who I would describe as a "journeying collective of permeable solitudes", but as the paintings began to aggregate in larger numbers I came to see in the work a portrait of something broader and yet more specific: the human being in motion, beneath the surface of the earth.

Yotam Zohar presents The Underground Series at Artists' Milepost Gallery, 26 June 2015, Portland, Oregon

Yotam Zohar presents The Underground Series at Azarian McCullough Gallery, 4 March 2015, Sparkill, New York

Further Reading

L'Autre, Luc Delahaye
Stanley Kubrick Shoots the N.Y.C. Subway, 1946, Dangerous Minds
Many Are Called, Walker Evans
Vermeer in Bosnia, Lawrence Weschler