crown

Mosh Kashi / CROWN

Opening: 14/02/2019   Closing: 30/03/2019

Gallery Talk: 15/03/2019

Crown, installation view, Noga Gallery, 2019
Crown, installation view, Noga Gallery, 2019
Crown, installation view, Noga Gallery, 2019
Crown, installation view, Noga Gallery, 2019
Crown, installation view, Noga Gallery, 2019
Crown, 2019, Oil on canvas, 180x220cm
Blue Sepctrum #2, 2019, Oil on canvas, 70x50cm
Crowns #1, 2019, Oil on canvas, 110x112cm
Purple Glowing #1, 2019, Oil on canvas, 200x220cm
Yellow Glowing, 2019, Oil on canvas, 70x50cm

“When I was a child, I used to catch the fish in the river with my hands. I was fascinated by their movement, their speed, how they sparkled, their colors. That was exactly what I wanted to catch in my hands.”

(Constantin Brancusi, “Conversations with Brancusi”, p. 46)

In his new cycle of works, Mosh Kashi expands his pictorial research and explores painting techniques and outlooks in surprising and dynamic large-scale works. The exhibition comprises several series of paintings, each invites the viewer to look from a different point of reference. This time, nature serves as a catalyst for an exploration of cosmic phenomena, while the studio acts as the connecting link in the transformation that they go through before they reach the painted canvas.

The central series in the exhibition is Light Particles. This series serves as an index of Mosh Kashi’s earlier painting processes, which consisted mainly of isolating objects from nature around him and placing them at the center of the canvas, keeping to a minimal color palette, and creating a world that has no place or time. Whereas in this series the gaze turns to look at the celestial sphere, examining the speed and frequency of celestial bodies through pictorial subjects whose visible characteristics are energy and movement, refracted light, and sudden bursts that glimpse fleetingly, following their own routine and structure.

At the same time, a series of panoramic paintings that explore mass and weight through a colorful relationship in paintings of light and darkness complements the sharpness of the Light Particles series. The painting’s appearance is dictated by the misty image, the slow, almost imperceptible heavy movement of the mass of light and darkness.

The third series of works focuses on dense construction of a colorful range as an expression of painting abstraction. The presence of color in this series manifests itself with flashes of color waves, capturing layers of bright light and total darkness, as if they were the essence of the blue sky spectrum.

Each series in the new cycle of paintings is executed in a different method that indicates the totality of phenomena in the universe. At the same time, it also illuminates the possibility that the pictorial tactic in this instance distills natural phenomena and gives them an independent entity, one that is separate from the cosmic space, an action that conjures up the studio as a parallel universe governed by its own orders.

Reality outside the studio and the illusion of painting in the studio underscore the differences between them but at the same time also allow the cosmic moment to take shape through painting as an imaginary existence of a visual formulation.

Corpus

Mosh Kashi / Corpus

Opening: 02/03/2023   Closing: 29/04/2023   Gallery Talk: 10/03/2023

PURPLE STORM D-120cm 2023
BLUE SPECTRUM 300cmx120 cm 2023
ROUND LANDSCAPE D-120 cm 2023 Not Framed
CRIMSON CORE 50cmx35cm 2023
CRIMSON CORE D-49 cm 2023
CRIMSON ICON D-60 cm 2023 C
OVAL PANORAMA 112cm x69cm 2023
VANISHING POINT D-95 cm 2023 Not Framed
CRIMSON CORE D-60cm 2023

Mosh Kashi’s solo exhibition includes an impressive body of work created from Kashi’s consistent pictorial research in recent years. For the first time, we witness a sharp color turn that goes beyond the color scale that characterized Kashi’s previous works, along with a shift to panoramic and round formats – moves that lead the show to new realms.

The exhibition includes meticulous oil painting and subjects that have become identified with Kashi’s themes, the nature and the universe in all its cosmic elements: the cycles and the one-off events captured in the painting, like a photographic snap-shot.

The constant tension between the trivial and the sublime in Kashi’s paintings receives additional expressions in these works, in which a large-scale universe converges into circular formats with refined color palette where only a tiny glimmer of light from the darkness indicates the possibility of an infinite space around. In the large-scale works, a reversal – a tiny horizon point becomes a monumental panorama.

The large and small formats complement each other and merge into a harmonious show in the exhibition space, creating the possibility of capturing the random and the ephemeral into a pictorial reality. Kashi’s perception of painting is an open invitation to an imagined encounter between the viewer’s consciousness and the painting mystery.

Ash Dreamer

Mosh Kashi / Ash Dreamer

Opening: 30/01/2014   Closing: 14/03/2014

Ash Dreamer, Exhibition view, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2014
Ash Dreamer, Exhibition view, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2014
Ash Dreamer, Exhibition view, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2014
Ash Dreamer, Exhibition view, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2014
Ash Dreamer, Exhibition view, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2014
Nocturno land, oil on canvas, 160x120cm, 2014
Light ash land, oil on canvas, 240x100cm, 2014
Large Violette, oil on canvas, 300x160cm, 2014
Crimson land, oil on canvas, 145x95cm, 2014
Azure mountain, oil on canvas, 70x50cm, 2014
Ash Tree, oil on canvas, 145x95cm, 2014

Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art is pleased to present a new solo show by Mosh Kashi, ASH DREAMER, consisting of a distinguished and diverse series of works created over the past four years in oil on canvas.

 

The exhibition title ASH DREAMER, reveals a great deal of Kashi’s painting stance in recent years which presumes that the innocent gaze on a place or a view and its primal and savage nature, will always be charged with the viewer’s subconscious, conscious, and personal feelings.

 

In his new exhibition, Kashi intensifies and enhances his profound artistic practice, examining the immensity of nature in its different aspects, both visual and mental: wild fields spread out from one horizon to the next, lonely trees rooted in a wide open and barren space, great dark mountains and thickets painted with great precision. All illustrated in a light neither of day, nor of night.

Mosh Kashi, born in Jerusalem in 1966. Bachelor’s degree from Ha’Midrasha School of Art (1987), MFA graduate at Burton Hall University Leeds, UK (2000).

 

Kashi has participated in solo and group exhibitions both in Israel and abroad. Two artist books were published on his work, in 2006 and 2012.

Ivory Dawn

Mosh Kashi / Ivory Dawn

Opening: 23/04/2009   Closing: 05/06/2009

Ivory Dawn, Exhibition view, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2009
Ivory Dawn, Exhibition view, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2009
Ivory Dawn, Exhibition view, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2009
Forest Green (Red), Oil on canvas, 80x80cm, 2009
Silver Forest, oil on canvas, 180x140cm, 2009

Mosh Kashi exhibits meticulous oil on canvas paintings, loaded with suspense and inward concentration. Kashi’s metaphoric world goes the distance into an undefined space of botanical imagery, gloomy fields and nocturnal spaces. Kashi builds a world of stylized nature from thickets of splitting branches to barren field landscapes. A series of small fields that portray an ivory light in the core of the sky, a brief aperture- a light opening and capturing a glimpse of the great body of nature.

 

With a virtuoso brush technique Kashi has developed the thicket image- an endless entanglement and splitting of branches, leafless and grey. The thicket is dense, prickly and illuminated from within the darkness. The nature in his drawings is not natural and flowing, but rather frozen and tangled. Side by side, lunar landscapes in which the light flows, or darkness accumulates, giving it a meditative suspense.

 

Human presence is reduced from Kashi’s paintings in a symbolic way, to the gaze of the outside viewer, busy deciphering the tensed events of the painting. The contact of darkness and light induces in his works an undefined time-sense which is neither day nor night, dusk or dawn. The vague light which falls on the dark fields, the measured lighting that exposes a field part delicate as fine hair in a sudden flash of first or last light, the twigs flickering from the dark green thicket, carrying an allegory of the paintings light source as the skies hanging on an endless dawn.

 

The paintings in this exhibition indeed offer a deeply rooted affinitiy to romantic painting but also wishe to examine the objects of painting, in the saturated light, the fertile material, the object of desire concealed in the ordered appearance of things