Oct
23
2014
<em>Imagine Horizon</em>
 

Yael Kanarek
Imagine Horizon, 2014
Wood, silicone words in six languages: Arabic, English, Hindi, Hebrew, Japanese, Portuguese
33 x 240 in / 83.8 x 609.6 cm

Part of Yael Kanarek’s “Textwork” series, Imagine Horizon is a 20-foot dense mesh rectangle that uses one word, represented in six languages. The format of the rectangle evokes minimalism and landscape painting. Its horizontal center is semi-translucent, surrounded by an opaque field of turquoises, aquas and blues. Playing actively with cultural translation, Kanarek’s composition captures an undefined space in the distance – one that is messy, multi-lingual, and rough along the edges. When directly confronted by text in this manner, each viewer’s biographical predispositions to language are highlighted.

Transliteration and Denotations:
Arabic – Tu-kha-eelu, also means “to visualize”
English – Imagine, often brings to mind John Lennon
Hindi – Kalpanā, also a common name for women, means imagination and creativity
Hebrew – Dam-ye-ni, a female gendered word meaning “imagine”
Japanese – Sōzō, a word that describes imagination and creation
Portuguese – Imaginar, directly translated as “to imagine”

Typefaces:
Arabic: TheSans Arabic by Lucas de Groot
English: Union by Radim Pesko
Hindi: Ek Mukta by Girish Delvi
Hebrew: Gufanit by Yael Kanarek
Japanese: Heisei Kaku Gothic by Japanese Standards Association
Portuguese: Gill Sans by Eric Gill

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