For this year’s presentation at ARCO Madrid, artists Jonathan Monk and Naama Tsabar will dialogue through the use of a specific material-FELT. It has been the subject of numerous interpretations and uses and became widely known through artists like Joseph Beuys or Robert Morris. Our aim is to show other different perspectives of two contemporary young artists.
Jonathan Monk’s use of felt in ‘The World Without the World’ refers to Robert Morris and Alighiero Boetti practices, while the pieces ‘Bands of Color X Brookvale High School (his/hers)’ refer to Joseph Beuys’ ‘Felt suit’. Speaking in 2009, Jonathan Monk said, “Appropriation is something I have used or worked with in my art since starting art school in 1987”.
Naama Tsabar transforms raw industrial felt into modifiable stringed instruments. Through the addition of carbon fiber, piano strings and guitar tuning pegs, the felt pieces gain new features that contradict their natural character. One is immediately confronted with their minimal design and then given a chance to directly engage the work itself by plucking the strings, creating sounds from them. Tightening or loosening the strings changes the degree of the bowing of the sculptures and the sound they make. The transformative nature of the work is such that the appearance of the sculptures, their erectness or flatness, directly corresponds to the pitch they produce.