Naama Tsabar — Vernissage + Performance 12/2/16

Naama Tsabar — Vernissage + Performance
spinelloFriday, December 2, 8 PM – 11 PM
Spinello Projects
7221 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, Florida 33150

Performance: 9:30 pm
Collaborating performers:
Arturo Garcia
Stephanie Jamie
Jessica Martin
Nabedi Osorio
Kc Toimil

Spinello Projects is pleased to present Transitions #3, the Miami debut solo exhibition by New York-based artist Naama Tsabar, running concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. Tsabar will present an installation comprised of three evolving bodies of work which examine human sociality and behaviour through the relation of body and space and the underlying role of intimacy and performativity. The locals only preview will take place Wednesday, November 23rd, 7-10pm. A special collaborative performance will take place during the Miami Art Week Vernissage on Friday, December 2nd, at 9:30pm, featuring Tsabar along with four Miami based musicians and New York based sound/performance artist Fielded.

Continuing her ongoing Work On Felt sculptures, Tsabar transfers these works from the floor to the wall with four new variations. These felt works, likened to Post Minimalist art historic works as Joseph Beuys’s felt sculptures or Robert Morris’s cut-felt wall pieces, subverts its expectations: the material is no longer the represser of sound, but the resonating chamber itself. The audience is invited to breach the borders between one’s own body and the artwork; plucking the string, extending or shortening the curvature of the work, emits a sound while provoking an intimate experience between the object and its catalyst.

Transition is a series of canvases in which Tsabar has reconstructed guitar amplifiers and stage monitors by inverting them, reinserting and abstracting their elements as visual components on linen. Colored hook up wires and knobs are threaded and punctured in and out of the fabric, creating new aesthetic compositions. When connected to power, each canvas retains its functional role with a set sound and volume levels. Within the exhibition, Tsabar will also present Barricade #3, a work composed of twelve microphones arranged in a triangle formation, each side’s output fed directly through a Transition canvas. The microphones cables line the floor in formal composition, reflecting the path of transmitted sound. The spatial arrangement of the microphone stands act as both barrier and enabler as the performative space is compressed both physically and sonically. Performer and performance are contained inside the borders of the square. Upon activation, sound is transmitted out to the separate Transition works on the gallery walls, then projected back to the center of the space, filling the acoustic environment with resonant frequencies.

A single Transition work will stay unconnected to any sound transmitting device. The dual existence of these sound sculptures is essential to their understanding, as the canvases constantly move from one field of reading to the other. They are visually surreal as they hold a potential for sound and continuously shift, maintaining a constant state of transition.

Naama Tsabar (b. 1982, Israel). She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2010. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at venues in New York, Tel Aviv, Basel, Guadalajara and Milan. Tsabar’s solo project ‘Encore’ was presented at Art Statements during Art Basel 38th in Basel, Switzerland. Solo exhibitions of Tsabar have been presented at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY (2014); Tel Aviv Art Museum (2013); The Herziliya Museum for Contemporary Art, Israel (2006); MARTE-C, El Salvador (2014), Páramo, Guadalajara (2016); Thierry Goldberg Gallery, NY (2014); Dvir Gallery, Israel (2016); and Pianissimo Gallery, Milan (2008).

Selected group exhibitions featuring Tsabar’s work include TM Triennale, Hasselt Genk, Belgium, curated by Tim Goossens (2016); ‘Greater New York’, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Connie Butler and Neville Wakefield at MoMA PS1 (2010); The Bucharest Biennale for Young Artists, curated by Ami Barak, Romania (2008); Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard, New York (2015); Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2008); ExtraCity in Antwerp, Belgium (2011); and ‘Sweat’ at Columbia University and the Fisher Landau Center, New York (2010). Tsabar is a two-time recipient of an Artist Grant (2014 and 2010), a two-time recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Grant (2009 and 2005), the 2009-2010 recipient of the Joan Sovern Award from Columbia University, 2012 Grantee of The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award, and held residency in 2012 at The Fountainhead Residency in Miami.

Tsabar’s work has been featured in publications including ArtForum, ArtReview, ARTnews, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Frieze, ArtAsia Pacific, Wire, and Whitewall. Among others her work is held in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Jiménez-Colón, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel Museum, and Colección Diéresis. Tsabar lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.