Yael Kanarek, ‘Orange, for Malevich’, 2009, bitforms gallery

"I felt only night within me and it was then that I conceived the new art, which I called Suprematism." - Kazimir Malevich,The Non-Objective World, 1927

Part of Yael Kanarek's Textwork series, Orange, for Malevich is a dense mesh square that uses the words for the color orange in four languages as a compositional unit. The format of a black square refers to Malevich's 1915 painting. Playing with cultural translations and representing the infinite moment before nightfall, Kanarek's Orange takes the shape of a black square that is messy, multi-lingual, and rough along the edges–so as to dislocate which is read and seen.

orange (eng) - bourtoukali (arb) - katom (heb) - aranje (yid)

About Yael Kanarek

Yael Kanarek’s multimedia works explore the relationship between language and emotion, between movement and identity. Her installations often feature words in delicate, lace-like strings of moulded rubber letters in multiple languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, and English. Kanarek is best known for her ongoing project begun in 1994, World of Awe, a virtual travelogue synthesizing photography, sculpture, and text. The fictional traveler is gender-less and nation-less, wandering in an alternate reality called Sunset/Sunrise and leaving behind love letters.

American, b. 1967, Israel, based in New York, New York