Yael Kanarek, ‘White, No. 3’, 2010, bitforms gallery
Yael Kanarek, ‘White, No. 3’, 2010, bitforms gallery
Yael Kanarek, ‘White, No. 3’, 2010, bitforms gallery

The word “whore” in five languages blends into a sea of texture, referencing fabric, urban environments or rocky dry desert landscape. The words become fully legible on the last line. Examining the complexity of “whore” as a network of exchange, this work points to social hierarchy, as well as political and economic inequality. It proposes an emotional role or spiritual state that one can only identify internally - ranging from desperation and repugnance to humor between friends.

Breaking up the flatness of the picture plane is a shift in directional movement. The shifting space offers a variation on the emotional response to the meaning of the word. The noun is operated on with a verb - the motion.

Hebrew - Zona (transliteration), Arabic - Sharmoota (transliteration), Spanish - Puta, Yiddish - Hor (transliteration), English - Whore

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

Solo Shows on Artsy

Yael Kanarek: "Kisses Kisses", bitforms gallery, New York
Yael Kanarek: Notyetness, bitforms gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

World on a Wire, bitforms gallery