Yael Kanarek ('06) solo show at bitforms gallery

Yael Kanarek ('06) solo show at bitforms gallery

Date posted: 2010-08-23 16:10:41




bitforms gallery is pleased to announce Notyetness, a third solo exhibition by Yael Kanarek. With an art practice that centers on the marriage of language and space, Kanarek studies inner landscape and its intersection with the geopolitcal plane. Employing modes of authorship such as storytelling and multilingualism, Kanarek manipulates the biographical predisposition of cultural associations. Her work enters spaces of meaning determined by a global network and the negotiation of identity that occurs when confronted with multiple systems.

As an Israeli-American, Kanarek's perception is tempered with an awareness of post-national borderlines. Notyetness, the exhibition's title, is borrowed from an essay by curator Reem Fadda who uses the term to describe the Palestinian national project. A driving force of action and self-regeneration, notyetness proposes a constant lack and a state of temporal future arrangements in Palestinian/Isreali reality. A break in the period of digress, it is a zone where everything is possible. It is a patient moment that emerges in spatial metamorphoses and disfiguration.

Playing with temporality, the video work "Jerusalem to Tel Aviv" uses footage shot from the window of a taxi van and synchronizes the clips to an annual clock. Structured to reflect current time, the orderly night landscape along Highway 1 changes subtly - keeping the viewer continuously on the road somewhere between the two cities. Likened to the idea of time travel, Kanarek poses a theoretical beginning in the ancient city, and an ending in one that is modernized and cosmopolitan.

In the exhibition Kanarek also uses the square as a basic metaphor for space. At the surface of these works is a territory that is marked by both Modernism and globalization. "Narratives about the struggle over space are universal," says Kanarek. "I am interested in psychological spaces of action."

Probing this universality, the series Nude melds subject and medium. In these squarely formatted linguistic compositions, the meaning of spatial construct becomes loaded with psychological baggage. Using bright blues, green and yellow the words "not yet" in Hebrew and Arabic are organized in the picture plane, describing a collective feeling of mixed emotion. Likewise the word "white" configures the new interpretations of selected modernist icons, such as Josef Albers "Homage to the Square". Through the shuffling of physical properties that construct our use of language (matter, shape and sound), Kanarek's work examines how verbal signifiers operate emotionally. Also part of the exhibit is an intense look at formal construction of the swastika.

Sensing the body as a creator and destroyer of space, Kanarek tangles her relationship with the viewer by violently cutting a love letter out of the gallery wall. Left in a state of demolition, chunks of text sit in remnants along the floor. An area of negotiation, the gallery walls are marked by the artist in a primal manipulation of territory and relationship. Also visceral, but on a different scale, clay sculptures in the gallery draw upon personal and imaginative gestures. Using vocabularies of jewelry and gaming-Kanarek slices into the clay with gold and silver findings, or inserts her fingers to render the clay into dice.

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Artist Bio

b. 1967, United States; raised in Israel.

Art installations by Yael Kanarek broaden a story space called World of Awe that was initiated online in 1995. Integrating a range of media into an advanced hyper-textual system, Kanarek expands the ancient genre of a traveler's tale. Over the past decade, she has developed a unique vocabulary of networked interfaces using photography, text, sculpture, and performance. Recent works feature multilingual compositions of words and narrative that depict the charged spaces that exist between languages.

Selected for the 2002 Whitney Biennial, exhibitions of Kanarek's work include The Drawing Center, New York; bitforms gallery, New York; Nelly Aman, Tel Aviv; Beral Madra Contemporary Art, Istanbul; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University; The Jewish Museum, New York; Exit Art; The Kitchen; American Museum of the Moving Image, New York; LIMN Gallery, San Francisco; Boston CyberArts Festival; and Sala Uno Gallery, Rome. Kanarek's work has also been shown in New York at Kenny Schachter Contemporary, Silverstein Gallery, Ronald Feldman Gallery, A.I.R Gallery, 303 Gallery, and Schroeder Romero Gallery.

In addition to a Rockefeller New Media Fellowship and an Eyebeam Honorary Fellowship, Kanarek is the recipient of grants from the Jerome Foundation Media Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts; commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Turbulence.org, and The Alternative Museum; Kanarek's distinctions also include a Harvestworks residency. In 1999, she founded Upgrade! International. She holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.