Yael Kanarek, ‘Wavelength Range of Roughly 630–740 nm, No. 7’, 2011, bitforms gallery
Yael Kanarek, ‘Wavelength Range of Roughly 630–740 nm, No. 7’, 2011, bitforms gallery

diameter 72" / 182.9 cm

Yael Kanarek's creative practice centers on the fundamental hypothesis that language and numerals render reality, and that this reality is an entirely subjective unified field. Her works enter spaces of meaning determined by a global network and the negotiation of identity that occurs when confronted with multiple systems. Employing modes of authorship such as storytelling and multilingualism, Kanarek manipulates the biographical predisposition of cultural associations.

Her largest text work to date, "Wavelength range of roughly 630-740 nm, No. 7" points to the curious working of the heart and mind, as light waves hit the retina and are processed in the brain. "In" comes the light wave, activating a range of sensations and emotions; "Out" comes the word Red in sound, shape, and cultural reference:
Hebrew - Adom (transliteration)
Arabic - Ahmar (transliteration)
Yiddish - Royt (transliteration)
Spanish - Rojo
English - Red

Signature: Work is signed on the back.

bitforms gallery, New York, NY
Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY

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