NonFinito 2016

Artport’s Fourth Year Exhibition

The end of Artport’s residency program’s fourth year continues the tradition of “NonFinito”, an exhibition that takes place at the end of the year and presents new projects and ideas that emerged during the residency, yet refuses to be a final or concluding exhibition.

While originally referring to unfinished Renaissance sculptures, the term “non finito” is also used to describe a desire to represent ideas in different stages, challenging notions of outcome, conclusion, and end, and leaving some open places for the viewer. The exhibition “NonFinito” presents works by the six artists in residence—Michal Baror, Hilla Toony Navok, David Adika, Naama Arad, Tamir Zadok, and Elad Rosen—who in the course of the last year have worked, talked, saw art, and created, side by side in Artport’s studios’ avenue.

Michal Baror presents The Bureau of Authentication, an installation that emerged from a performance she held over the summer in collaboration with the artist Patrick Hough in Artports’s Gallery. The documentation of objects and stories brought by the audience, transformed the Bureau from an abstract idea on the fine line of truth, to a living document that takes on different layers of reality and authenticity.

David Adika observes vases created in Israel in the 1960s and 1970s, examining the African motifs he identifies in them through painting, colors, and shapes. In a series of silkscreen prints, Adika explores African textiles, flattening the different origins, and continues his study of identity, definition, and origin through aesthetic means, as well as the West’s fascination with Africa.

Naama Arad works with the anatomy of everyday materials. She produces a world that is passionate yet cerebral, shifting between the childish and the artistic, apathetic and emotional. Her studio space in all its limitations—sink, support column, and AC unit—becomes a display space in which every object is given a second and third reading.

Elad Rosen isolates the elements that comprise his paintings. The juxtapositions of strawberries and skulls, bananas and severed organs, push the boundaries of good taste and test the viewer’s physical and mental capacity.

Hilla Toony Navok produces a personal language composed of everyday signs. Oscillating between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional, the works use formalist lines and abstract ideas to produce an environment that feels foreign yet altogether familiar.

Tamir Zaok presents a fragment from a project in which he examines how facts can become stereotypes through the story of a former senior Mossad official who went on an undercover mission in Egypt as a French painter, employing staged photography, documentary photography and readymades, to expose different ways of looking at the “Orient”.

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