<em>Deeply Concentric</em>

Yael Kanarek
Deeply Concentric, 2013
Wood, silicone words in nine languages: Amharic, Arabic, English, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, Latin, Russian
Diameter 42 in / 106.7 cm, depth 2 in / 5.1 cm

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Articulating a gap between the handcrafted and industrial, Deeply Concentric results from Kanarek’s experience of Kandinsky’s Color Study – Squares with Concentric Rings, (1913) in an advertisement for the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition Inventing Abstraction. The small work on paper measuring approximately nine by twelve inches is blown up to heroic proportions in ads that cover NYC buildings. Whimsical in her replication of the advertisement’s color, Kanarek’s narrative responds to spectacle, specifically that which handles visual art’s distribution as pop branding devices in the service of museums.

The title, Deeply Concentric, comes from first complete English translation of Kandinsky’s seminal text “On the Spiritual in Art” in 1946 by the Guggenheim Museum:

“The Painter’s contemporary task consists of testing its power and means of counterpoint, as music did in the attempt to apply these means for the purpose of creation. Deeply concentric, each art is separated from the other, but on the other hand they are combined by their innermost tendencies. Thus, it is found that every art has its own strength which cannot be substituted for another. Therefore, we finally arrive at the encroachment of the power of the various arts upon one another.”

Transliterations: Amharic – Holi / Arabic – Abiad / English – White / German – Weiss
Hebrew – Lavan / Chinese – Bái / Japanese – Shiro / Latin – Niveus / Russian – Bhehley


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