ZOL ZAYN // WHAT IF?
Jonas N.T. Becker
January 11 – March 8, 2014
Shulamit Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by emerging, photographer and video artist Jonas N.T. Becker. The artist’s images and video installations explore the imaginary space between what can be seen and what we suspect, hope, or believe is real. The visual imagery gives authority to that which can’t be documented, dwelling in suspended time and mythological moments.
Zol Zayn, Yiddish for what if, the exhibit is comprised of four site-specific video installations titled Almost Always, The Pile, End(s) of the World and Prodigal Sun. The works investigate the personal, structural and historical significance of messianic and utopian conjectures raised by the artist. Almost, Always suspends time in the moment before the New Year. Red objects seen in The Pile reflect the process of manifesting individual and communal desires. Prodigal Sun reflects on light’s dichotomous relationship in photography and film to re-examine the myth of Iccarus. The fourth video End(s) of the World creates a surreal geography of perceptual ends by looping locations titled as such. Using communal input to generate the artwork, Zol Zayn examines the origins of our utopian desires, and the possibilities of a new generative moment. Each video work specifically, engaging viewers to ask, “What if?”
This project is made possible with support from the Six Points Fellowship.
The Six Points Fellowship is a program of the Foundation for Jewish Culture, originally founded in partnership with Avoda Arts and JDub. The Six Points Fellowship LA Cohort is made possible through major funding from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, and the Righteous Persons Foundation.