Yael Kanarek

    New York, NY, United States


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    Yael Kanarek’s creative practice centers on the fundamental hypothesis that language and numerals render reality, and that this reality is an entirely subjective unified field. Through the shuffling of physical properties that construct our use of language (matter, shape, sound), Kanarek’s work examines how verbal signifiers operate emotionally.

    Employing modes of authorship such as storytelling, multilingualism, Kanarek manipulates the biographical predisposition of cultural associations. As an Israeli-American, Kanarek’s perception is tempered with an awareness of post-national borderlines. Her work enters spaces of meaning determined by a global network and the negotiation of identity that occurs when confronted with multiple systems. Crossing these sensibilities with her observation of the Internet as a network made of language – natural and computer – her most recent projects highlight connection and rejection.

    Selected for the 2002 Whitney Biennial, exhibitions of Kanarek’s work also include The Drawing Center, New York; Beral Madra Contemporary Art, Istanbul; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; CU Museum, Boulder; Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University; The Jewish Museum, New York; Exit Art; The Kitchen; American Museum of the Moving Image, New York; LIMN Gallery, San Francisco; Holster Projects, London; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh; bitforms gallery, New York; Nelly Aman, Tel Aviv; Boston CyberArts Festival; HVCCA, Peekskill; Arena 1, Santa Monica; California College of the Arts, San Francisco; Orsini Palace, Bomarzo; and Sala Uno Gallery, Rome. Kanarek’s work has also been shown in New York at Kenny Schachter Contemporary, Silverstein Gallery, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Derek Eller Gallery, A.I.R Gallery, 303 Gallery, and Schroeder Romero Gallery.

    In addition to a Rockefeller New Media Fellowship and an Eyebeam Honorary Fellowship, Kanarek is the recipient of grants from the Jerome Foundation Media Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts; commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Turbulence.org, and The Alternative Museum; Kanarek’s distinctions also include a Harvestworks residency. In 1999, she founded Upgrade! International. She holds an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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    AICF Articles about Yael Kanarek

    | Foundation News
    As a child, Yael Kanarek dropped her religious inclinations because the promises of her grandfather and the Chabad ladies weren’t coming true. Now she knows she can have a spiritual life that is not religious. Yael loves the arts and feels she was mean…

    | Artist News
    Artist and jeweler Yael Kanarek has welcomed the new year with a new set of jewelry pieces (above). To learn more about Yael and her work, please visit https://kanareknyc.com/.  

    | Artist News
    “Creating custom pieces is always exciting for us”, says Yael Kanarek. A collaboration with an individual named Alex, led to the creation of the custom made “Love Thyself” ring that is inspired by the Muse ring. Read the full interview with Alex, where…

    | Artist News
    On May 18th, AICF’s Tarbut group, Hyphen-Hub and Vibe Israel held a joint event showcasing Israeli artists working with innovation technology.

    | Artist News
    We warmly recommend visiting Yael Kanarek Studio’s new site, covering 20 years of work in varied media

    | Featured Artist
    Yael Kanarek’s creative practice centers on the fundamental hypothesis that language and numerals render reality, and that this reality is an entirely subjective unified field. Through the shuffling of physical properties that construct our use of lang…