Toony Navok was born in Tel Aviv, where she lives and works.
Toony Navok creates installations that combine sculptural objects and colorful drawings: architectural-constructive environments with an airy, drawing-like nature that range from the abstract to the concrete.
Navok tracks high Modernism and abstraction in popular consumer products in a practice based on extraordinary constructs. She pits consumer and industrial products firmly within abstraction, voiding function. The monumental yet fragile, linear constructed sculptures she forms are made of every-day practical objects and popular design elements, revealing their hidden abstract forms while glancing to canonical periods of art. Known for her playful sculptural use of vernacular materials (metal surfaces, pipes, aluminum poles, PVC fabric, cleaning and shelving units product), she investigates the very notion of display rather than simply present ready-mades. With that, she examines the cultural and ideological underpinnings of design in the consumer production process, and the assimilation of the history of Modernism in contemporary consumer culture and our place within it.
Navok’s colorful drawings, composed of compressed and dense lines that assemble into what seems like a sculptural object, continue her investigation of the affinity between the two dimensional and the three dimensional, drawing and object as well as the moment between stability and collapse.
Toony Navok graduated from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design MFA program (2009-2007). Selected solo exhibitions: Circle 1 gallery, Berlin (2015); Center of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2015); Haifa Museum of Art; Local_30 Gallery, Warsaw (2010).
Selected group exhibitions: The Ashdod Museum of Art, Monart Centre; Neues Museum in Weimar (Germany); Rosenfeld Gallery (Tel Aviv); Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery (Tel Aviv); Kring-Ernst Gallery (Cologne); Rockefeller Museum (Jerusalem).
She exhibited a special solo project in Art Cologne (Germany) as part of “New Positions”, ARTLV – the Tel Aviv Biennial, Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art. She has received several awards, including the Givon Prize for young artists from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2011), and the Creative Encouragement Award of the Israel Ministry of Culture & Sport (2012).
Navok co-curated the second Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art (2009) and was co-editor of the art magazine “Picnic Magazine” (2011-2007).
Lives and works in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
2009-2007 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design – Master of Fine Art Program Studies
2005-2004 Continuation Program in fine art, Kalisher school of art Tel-Aviv.
2000-1995 The Wizo Hadasa College of Art and Design, Haifa.
Awards & Grants
2017 The Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts Book grant
2017 “Wake up city” prize 3rd place with Yoni Raz Portugali
2016 The Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts Video grant
2015 Artport residency programe grant
2014 The 2014 Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts grant
2012 The Creativity Encouragement Award, the Israeli Ministry of Culture
2012 Artist-teacher Scholarship, the Israeli Ministry of Culture
2011 Samuel Givon Prize, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
2009 Graduation with Excellence, Bezalel (MFA) program
2006 The Yehosua Rabinowitz Tel-Aviv Foundation, Grant for a solo show
2002 The America-Isreal Cultural Foundation, Scholarship (2001, 2002)
2001 The Dan Zakhem Foundation, Award for performance
2018 Extensions Hilla Toony Navok at Shemi’s Atelier, Atelier Shemi, Kibbutz Cabri
2017 Outlet, KM Gallery, Berlin
2016 A sign for things to come – HIT Gallery, Bratislava
2016 Golden Hands – duo show with David Adika, Artport, Tel Aviv
2015 Releasing a Butterfly – 2 person show with Eitan Ben Moshe at Alon Segev gallery, Tel Aviv
2015 Rounding Up the Hours, CCA, Tel Aviv, Curator: Chen Tamir
2015 Sur-Round-things, Due show with Jan Tichy, Circle1 gallery, Berlin
2013 Origins, Noga gallery, Tel Aviv
2010 New Infrastructures, lokal_30 gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2010 Panorama, Haifa Museum Of Art, curator: Rotem Ruff
2010 Scenery, Art Cologne, Germany, “new position for emerging artists”
2009 Tuxedo, as part of the Bezalel MFA graduates exhibition, curator: Sarit Shapira
2006 Frisbee,”saf project for young artists”, The artists’s house, Tel-Aviv, curator: Orly Hoffman
2018 Domestics, Hansen House, Jerusalem.
2018 PRETTY SOON IF THIS KEEPS UP I’M GOING TO ENVELOP THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, Gdańsk City Gallery Poland
2015 Objectonomy, Meet Factory, Prague
2015 The Crystal Palace & the Temple of Doom, Petach Tiqva Museum of Art
2014 Traces, Beyond Paper, The 5th Biennale for Drawing in Israel, Barbur gallery, Jerusalem
2014 A Matter of Lightness, Beit Michal, Rehovot
2014 Goods, Bat Yam Museum of Modern Art
2013 The Israeli Ministry of Culture prize 2012 receives, Ashdod Museum of Modern Art
2013 Invited by Daniel Laufer, Provinz Editions, Bochum
2013 Come Closer, Feinberg Projects, Tel aviv
2013 High celling, frishman 46, Tel Aviv
2013 Concrete Abstract, BAAD gallery, Tel Aviv
2012 Antropy, The Artists Studios Art Cube Gallery, Jerusalem
2012 Revisiting Rockefeller, Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, part of “Menofim” festival
2012 Open-closed-Open, Binyamin gallery, Tel aviv
2012 The big Masonite, Sommer Gallery
2012 Salon Talks, Zaritsky Artists House, Tel Aviv
2011 Electric Garden, Contemporery By Gloconda, Tel Aviv
2011 Power line, Binyamin gallery
2011 Meshek-bait, Kibutz Urim gallery
2011 Monkies, nine people, Alenbi st. passage
2010 De-construct, -Ernst Gallery, Cologne
2010 Lockmotion, 121 gallery, Tel Aviv
2010 Fresh Paint, Art Fair, Tel Aviv
2010 Artissima Art fair, Torino, with lokal_30 gallery
2009 From Laboratory to Project, Neues Museum, Weimar
2009 Sandstormes and Rainbows, Sara Asperger Gallery, Berlin
2009 Art TLV, the 2nd Tel Aviv Biennial
2009 Snakes and Ladders, Rosenfeld Gallery
2009 There must be something more than this, Kav 16 gallery
2009 A4, The Glasgow school of Art
2008 Flock, The Bezalel Academy gallery, Tel Aviv
2008 Educated, Hakita gallery, Tel Aviv
2007 The Rear (haa’oreff), The 1st Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art
2007 The Upper authority, The lilinbloom st. offices, Tel Aviv
2007 The hidden viewer of the Israeli Art, Tmoona Gallery, Tel Aviv
2007 Rockart, Mishkenot Sh’aananim center, Jerusalem
2005 Blurr 5th addition, CCA , Tel-aviv
2005 Conspiracy, the kalisher gallery
2003 Blurr 4th addition, CCA ,Tel-aviv
2003 Artik, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship winners, Ramat-Gan Museum of Art
2002 Artik, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship winners, The Tel-Aviv University gallery
Workshops & Residencies
2015 Artport, Tel Aviv
2015 Meet Factory, Prague
2014 Artist Career Development Program, organized by: Asylum Arts, Artis, and Artport
2010 Lokal_30 gallery, artist in residence, Warsaw
2009 A4, workshop, Glasgow school of Art (MFA exchange program)
2008 “(off) white city summer seminar” Bezalel (MFA) program and Saic Chicago school (MFA) program
2008 including participation in “Tzofia” – a performance by Ernesto Pujol in Tel Aviv
2005 Public art workshop, Anne Bray, UCLA-Bezalel (MFA) program
Toony Navok, Origins (Rise), 2013
Toony Navok,Untitled (Sign #2), Manipulated drawing, Digital print, 120x35cm, 2015
Toony Navok, With the Wind, With the Water (Surrounding Drawing), Video Performance, 2015
Toony Navok, Skip, Metal poles, Jump ropes, Laces, A shoe, 160x220cm, 2012
Toony Navok, SURROUNDINGS 008, photography,2007
Hilla Toony Navok, A Hose, metal grid, metal elements, scotch, PVC fabric, 2013