<em>Fall Collection: <br />Keys, Dice, Pearls</em>

Yael Kanarek
Fall Collection: Keys, Dice, Pearls, 2010
Table display with sculptures
Self-hardening clay, steel, wood, silver, 14 k gold
Dimensions variable

Clay sculptures in the gallery draw upon personal and imaginative gestures. Using vocabularies of jewelry and gaming–Kanarek slices into the clay with gold and silver findings, or inserts her fingers to render the clay into dice.

This series of works evaluates and connects differing value systems – such as sculpture, minerals and the body. The connection is literally drawn with text, “I found the key to extreme beauty.” – which is the first sentence of Love letter 565/34:

I found the key to extreme beauty, but not the keyhole.
I tried it in all the holes of my body but none seemed to fit.
Yours forever
Your sunset/sunrise forever yours
Yours forever yours

Each work in this series incorporates three components: a sculpture, necklace and title. The art moment is located in the connections between these three elements. The three are joined as a network: At first, the title is generic before purchase. However when the sculpture and necklace are purchased, the name of the woman who purchased it is incorporated into the title of the work, or the buyer dedicates the work to a woman with a close relationship. For example, “Key: Clay, Gold, Anna”.


Yael Kanarek
Key 2, 2010

self-hardening clay, steel, wood, 14 k gold chain: “I Found the Key to Extreme Beauty”
12.25″ x 6″ x 5.75″ / 31.1 x 15.2 x 14.6 cm


Yael Kanarek
Key 3, 2010

self-hardening clay, steel, wood, 14 k gold chain: “I Found the Key to Extreme Beauty”
15.75″ x 6 x 6″ / 40 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm


Yael Kanarek
Pearl 3, 2010

self-hardening clay, wood, silver chains
gallery installation: 5″ x 23″ x 21″ /
12.7 x 58.4 x 53.3 cm

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