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Eye

Untitled (eye), 2008
Rubber, pins
115.5 x 109 in / 293.5 x 277 cm

A field of 1,155 rubber pieces of the word 'eye' in English, Hebrew, Arabic and Yiddish. The form is based on the shape created when separating Venetian blinds. The word in Hebrew and Arabic is exactly the same. Yiddish is written in Hebrew script but is a primarily old German dialect. The Yiddish word for eye is 'oig.'

Project Created: 
October 2008
 
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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
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Kiss

Kiss, 2007
Rubber, 892 pins
67.5" x 67.5" / 180 x 180 cm

Kiss is made of two transposed grids. The word Kiss appears in English, Arabic (qobla) and Hebrew (neshika). One grid of words hangs against the wall in the reading direction. The second grid of word hangs at the tip of the pins against reading direction. Thus the kisses breathe on each other at the distance of the pin. The words are organized spontaneously and form all nine possible combinations between the languages. The work is lit by several shades of white light to generate a third system of relationships that emerges from the overlapping shadows.

Project Created: 
February 2007
 
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