Sanctify Thyself, No. 1, 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
Cast in silicon with a metallic pigment, the word “white” is represented in nine languages and used as a compositional unit throughout the picture plane. Shuffling the physical properties of language, Kanarek crafts a cognitive interference known as the Stroop affect. “The gap between text and color creates a pause and allows a white boundless space to emerge in the viewer’s mind, recalling Kandinsky’s observations in ‘Concerning the Spiritual in Art,'” says Kanarek.
Transliterations: Amharic – Holi / Arabic – Abiad / English – White / German – Weiss
Hebrew – Lavan / Chinese – Bái / Japanese – Shiro / Latin – Niveus / Russian – Bhehley