June 13 — July 20, 2013
Yael Balaban and Noa Yekutieli
In conjunction with the Tel Aviv Culture Days in Saint Petersburg, Marina Gisich Gallery presents a project by two Israeli artists, Yael Balaban and Noa Yekutieli, from June 13 to July 20, 2013.
The exhibit “Incorporeal Reality” develops the idea of interpenetration of feelings and bodies, dancing and flying figures, conscious and subconscious. The narrow graphic line at the aesthetic root of both of these artists draws us into the realm of meanings that exist only in the depths of the mind.
Yael Balaban is a well-known artist with Russian roots who has had over 50 personal and group exhibits all over the world. The most famous of these were at Marie-Laure Fleish Gallery (Rome, Italy), Siena Art Institute (Siena, Italy), Richmond Gallery (Toronto, Canada), Haggus Society (LA, California, USA), New Gallery (NY, USA), Sacred Gallery (N.Y., USA), Jerusalem Art Center (Israel), Artists House (T.A., Israel), Pyramida (Haifa, Israel), and Shay Arye Gallery (T.A., Israel).
Taking off from the traditions of ancient calligraphy, Balaban’s works start a dialogue between Eastern and European cultures; the art of modern Israel is evolving where these cultures meet. In the Jewish tradition from time immemorial, the profession of calligrapher, someone who copied the text of the ancient Tora, grew from a trade into an art, where skill and refinement knew no bounds. Yael doesn’t draw, but “weaves” an image, using an endless string of signs and symbols.
Yael Balaban’s world is built on associations and created on the border between reality and the imagination of the artist, who says: “I have a feeling that even if my shapes can stop wandering around in this world, I will still continue moving.”
Noa Yekutieli is a young artist from Tel Aviv who is focused on studying techniques with paper. She creates weightless, bright and memorable two-dimensional works and installations. For all her 23 years, the artist has already managed to participate in group and individual projects in the leading galleries of Tel Aviv, including Art Station Gallery, Golconda Gallery, and Zadik Gallery, as well as in a group exhibition at the famous Opera Gallery in New York.
In her art, Noa studies the nature of time through the prism of personal memories. For her, key issues are the reflection of the past on the present and its impact on a specific moment of “now”. Yekutieli aims to lock in the transiency and mutability of the moment. As if cutting the current happenings out of the fabric of time, Noa ponders the possibility of objectively documenting reality.
The new series presented by N. Yekutieli at the Marina Gisich Gallery’s exhibit demonstrates catastrophes, letting the viewer feel the mute beauty of suffering. The dynamics of horror and tragedy rivet your attention, forcing you to look closely and making you sense how to get deeper inside them.