post-title Liat Yossifor | the gray feather a thrush lost | 68 projects | 28.04.-25.06.2022

Liat Yossifor | the gray feather a thrush lost | 68 projects | 28.04.-25.06.2022

Liat Yossifor | the gray feather a thrush lost | 68 projects | 28.04.-25.06.2022

Liat Yossifor | the gray feather a thrush lost | 68 projects | 28.04.-25.06.2022

until 25.06. | #3407ARTatBerlin | 68 projects presents from 28. April 2022 the exhibition the gray feather a thrush lost by the artist Liat Yossifor.

Discourse lives outside our comfort zones. A new place can generate new ideas, and living and exhibiting abroad has always changed my thinking, especially now that the world is so shaken. My Berlin Fellowship with VATMH and 68projects is an experimental setup to try out new ideas in a new context, away from what I know and away from my habits.”

I will be working on a group of works entitled the gray feather a thrush lost. The title is taken from a verse in the poem “Try to Praise the Mutilated World” by Adam Zagajewski, which is about beauty and loss. My work is both painting and reflecting on history, and I get there not necessarily through concepts, but by being present and engaging with current events through my daily painting practice.

Liat Yossifor

68projects presents the first solo exhibition in Berlin of the Israeli artist Liat Yossifor, who lives in Los Angeles. The exhibition takes place within the framework of her Berlin Fellowship of the Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V..

The poem by Adam Zagajewski, from which the title of the exhibition comes, consists of verses about normality and beauty broken by descriptions of brutality. Yossifor’s new paintings combine a rough handling of colours with poetic lines as well as natural movements and their deviations. She achieves this by drawing and carving in thick, textured masses of colour. Dark greys predominate in this latest series, which also features a thickness of paint application not seen before in Yossifor’s work. The more solid the colour structure, the deeper the markings penetrate into it. For Yossifor, the use of grey is not an aesthetic choice, but rather the result of complementary colours that cancel each other out in the intense process of gestural painting. The colours and gestures that are lost in this process can be reclaimed by us as viewers by allowing ourselves to consider our own marks in life and the moments of erasure.

Liat Yossifor was born in Israel in 1974 and has lived in the USA since 1989. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Francisco Art Institute. Her work explores the impact of cultural shifts and identity ruptures. Using a monochromatic palette, Yossifor’s gestural brushstrokes explore the tensions between figure and ground, action and stillness, sign and symbol. Her paintings are not pictorial but rather physical, almost sculptural.

Solo exhibitions (selection): Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis, MI), Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA), Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College (Claremont, CA), Galerie Anita Beckers (Frankfurt/M., DE) and Patron Gallery (Chicago, IL). Group exhibitions (selection): Minnesota Museum of American Art (St. Paul, MN), Carolyn Campagna Contemporary Art Museum (Long Beach, CA), Museo de Arte de Sinaloa (Culiacán, Mexico), Museo de Arte de Zapopan (Mexico), Museum of Modern Art, (Minsk, Belarus), Margulies Collection (Miami, FL), Kunsthaus Nürnberg (Nuremberg, DE) and Lyman Allyn Art Museum (New London, CT). Collections (selection): County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Isabel and Agustin Coppel Collection (Mexico City), Minnesota Museum of American Art (St. Paul, MN and The Margulies Collection (Miami, FL).

Opening: Thursday, 28. April 2022, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Exhibition dates: Thursday, 28. April – Saturday, 25. June 2022

Special opening for the Gallery Weekend Berlin: Friday, 29. April, 11 am – 9 pm; Saturday, 30. + Sunday, 1. May, 11 am – 7 pm

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Image caption: Liat Yossifor, Into the Circle, 2022, Oil on canvas, 75 x 70 cm

Exhibition Liat Yossifor – 68 projects | Zeitgenössische Kunst Berlin Galerien | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin

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