Yael Kanarek, ‘Sunspot’, 2010, bitforms gallery
Yael Kanarek, ‘Sunspot’, 2010, bitforms gallery

This work explores the family unit as a sphere of magnetism. Using black and white as opposing forces, the picture plane is built up into a densely textured field. The nuclear family is organized as a sunspot - an electromagnetic storm that appears on the face of the sun as a darkened area.

In Hebrew, the words "av", "em", "ben", and "bat" are all two letter words. These ancient words, born in the Middle East, are organized over the alphabet in such a way that they encompass all letters.

Transliterations: Father - Av, Mother - Em, Son - Ben, Daughter – Bat

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