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Yael Kanarek
Notyetness
Sep 7 – Oct 16\, 2010

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Opening Reception:< /b> Friday\, Sep 10\, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Gallery Hours: Tue–Sat\, 1 1:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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bitforms gallery is pleas ed 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 geopolitical plane. Employing modes of authorship such as storytelling and multilinguali sm\, Kanarek manipulates the biographical predisposition of cultural associ ations. Her work enters spaces of meaning determined by a global network an d the negotiation of identity that occurs when confronted with multiple sys tems.

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As an Israeli-American\, Kanarek's perceptio n is tempered with an awareness of post-national borderlines. Notyetness \, the exhibition's title\, is borrowed from an essay by curator Reem F adda who uses the term to describe the Palestinian national project. A driv ing force of action and self-regeneration\, notyetness proposes a constant lack and a state of temporal future arrangements in Palestinian/Isreali rea lity. A break in the period of digress\, it is a zone where everything is p ossible. It is a patient moment that emerges in spatial metamorphoses and d isfiguration.

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Playing with temporality\, the video work “Jerusalem to Tel Aviv” uses footage shot from the window of a taxi v an and synchronizes the clips to an annual clock. Structured to reflect cur rent time\, the orderly night landscape along Highway 1 changes subtly – ke eping 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 cosmopol itan.

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In the exhibition Kanarek also uses the squa re as a basic metaphor for space. At the surface of these works is a territ ory that is marked by both Modernism and globalization. “Narratives about t he struggle over space are universal\,” says Kanarek. “I am interested in p sychological spaces of action.”

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< span style="font-family: helvetica\; font-size: small\;">Probing this unive rsality\, the series Nude melds subject and medium. In these squarely forma tted linguistic compositions\, the meaning of spatial construct becomes loa ded with psychological baggage. Using bright blues\, green and yellow the w ords “not yet” in Hebrew and Arabic are organized in the picture plane\, de scribing a collective feeling of mixed emotion. Likewise the word “white” c onfigures the new interpretations of selected modernist icons\, such as Jos ef Albers “Homage to the Square”. Through the shuffling of physical propert ies that construct our use of language (matter\, shape and sound)\, Kanarek 's work examines how verbal signifiers operate emotionally. Also part of th e exhibit is an intense look at formal construction of the swastika.

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Sensing the body as a creator and destroyer of space\, K anarek 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 re lationship. Also visceral\, but on a different scale\, clay sculptures in t he gallery draw upon personal and imaginative gestures. Using vocabularies of jewelry and gaming–Kanarek slices into the clay with gold and silver fin dings\, or inserts her fingers to render the clay into dice.

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