Talia Keinan’s solo exhibition marks the opening of the 2010-2011 exhibition season at Noga Gallery.
The exhibition is a development drawn from Keinan’s solo exhibition at the Goch Museum in Germany, held last March, which was accompanied by a catalogue.
Keinan shows five new works which combine murals and installations with video projections. The entire space is surrounded by sound created by the musician Gai Sherff, Keinan’s partner.
Keinan turns her work into living surroundings, through her use of light and sound. As in her earlier work, she creates an environment assembled of drawings, installations, sound and video projections. Each piece works individually and nevertheless, they come together as one organic and vivid environment, bracing the whole space with a continuous flux of movement, light and sound, the combination generating a magical surrounding. This mysterious ambience, with its many occurrences, almost gives the impression that the works are autonomous: the mountain comes to life, the wishing well shimmers from broken glass and coins. An animal moves restlessly in its cage.
In the project room Keinan shows a collection of new drawings and paintings.
Talia Keinan, 32, has shown over the past few years an outstanding record of work in the Israeli art field, her work being an inspiration for many artists. Among her awards are the Anselm Kiefer Prize for a young artist and the Tel Aviv Museum Gottesdiener Prize. She has held solo exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum, the Goch Museum, Germany, and Art Basels’ “Art Statement”.
The exhibit consists of video works and drawing sketches, where the video pieces are presented as sculptural objects which, along with the sound emerging from them, create the space within they are set.
Drawn with pencil on black gouache, the landscape piece, created from the artist’s imagination inspired by two sources: the first being silver kitsch-style pictures depicting ideal places, usually fantasized locations inexistent in reality, and the second source of inspiration were Israel landscape photographs. The light projected on the drawing accompanied by the sound of a passing-by vehicle exposes the landscape itself and the spectrum of coloring variations within the monochromatic drawing.
The round hole projected on the wall was photographed on an afternoon in a public garden in Tel Aviv – it remains unedited.
The fountain, an abandoned table on which plastic cups and plates are left unattained yet the water continues to flow as a living and vibrant unit, unresolved.
All of these elements in the gallery space, along with the sketches hung dispersedly on the walls, together create fragments of the same place, a physical or mental walking distance from each other, liquid and subjective; one passes from kitsch to disaster, from beginning to a deserted plateau.
Talia Keinan (b. 1978), is currently a student in the Bezalel M.F.A program in Tel Aviv. An honors graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design in 2003, she also participated in the student exchange program in New York at S.V.A. In 2003 she had a solo exhibit in the Herzeliya Museum of Art and is winner of the Givon Prize for 2004. This is the first exposure of her works held at Noga Gallery.
Hilla Toony Navok, A Hose, metal grid, metal elements, scotch, PVC fabric, 2013
Talia Keinan, The Mountain, Last Watch, Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2010, Painting on wall and video projection
Talia Keinan, Flower, 2012, mural and video projection, 48x160cm