My Mondrian: Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue, 2009

My Mondrian: Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue, 2009
Rubber and loctite on wood
22 x 22 in / 55 x 55 cm

The original Mondrian composition is recreated by the pigments titles Mondrian used in his painting (according to the restoration department at MoMA). The pigments cadmium red, cadmium yellow, cobalt blue, ultramarine, zinc white, lead white and bone black were translated and transliterated into four languages: English, Arabic, Yiddish and Hebrew, out of white rubber. They were cemented together in mass to recreate the original compositions. These works draw attention to the physicality of the spiritual pursuit as pigments come through networks of trade and science and move in the multilingual landscape. The application is expressive and loose like and arial topography of crops, and open fields.

Project Created: 
May 2009
Projects: My Mondrian: Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue, 2009
People: Yael Kanarek
Research: Middle East
Tags: abstraction, arabic, english, hebrew, languages, linguistics, mondrian, rubber, textworks, yiddish

Lemon, 2008
Rubber and pins
Approx. 50 x 50 in / 127 x 127 cm

Lemon is a meticulous construction made from the word lemon in forty languages. Hundreds of words cut from rubber are glued together to form a surface that at once references topographic aerial view and domestic craft, specifically crochet. The work touches on the territorial properties of language. From Japan to Latin America through the Mediterranean, in these forty languages the word ‘lemon’ has a similar pronunciation. The word presents evidence of human activity: Trade, conquer and migration. Lemon includes the first line from the poem "Perfection" by Williams Carlos Williams. Williams’ apple is replaced with lemon: “Oh lovely apple lemon! Beautiful and completely rotten, [...]”

Project Created: 
November 2008
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