Intricate Affinities: Recollections of Western Tradition in Local Contemporary Art

Curator: Smadar Sheffi 15.9.2016 - 24.12.2016

Flow continues Mosh Kashi's journey into the sublime, underway for over two decades. A prevalent term in 20th century artistic discourse, the sublime elicits denotations pertaining to religious sensibilities, nature, and introspection. The work is a saturated space, embracing and absorbing. In the purple somber realms, in the mists of encounter with the illuminated darkness at the bottom of the painting, the viewer's gaze is turned inward, into a core of silence. The sublime becomes current, present. The work shares sensitivities with sculptural spaces, specifically Anish Kapoor's sculptures which capture infinity and Richard Serra's obstructing-inviting rusty steel surfaces. Flow spawns an acute moment in the present, a space where the viewer may linger. The memory of early 19th-century Romantic German painting, embedded in the works of both Kapoor and Serra, is also discernible in Kashi's: a painting in which the horizon, the boundary of the visible, becomes a coveted destination, the heart of the painting.


Mosh Kashi, Flow, 2016, oil on canvas, 180x340, courtesy of Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv