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Sliding Door / Tal Golani

A brown aluminum frame around dark glass doors leading out to the Artists’ Residence garden. This is the first sight facing visitors to the gallery. At the tiny entrance hall, even before the gallery exhibits are revealed, the Residence garden ranges ahead in vivid, sun-drenched green. This door, the inspiration for the title of artist Tal Golani’s painting installation, is duplicated. Its tangible, permanent presence stands there, inviting all to step out to the lawn, but it also stands at the rear of the gallery, painted on a large canvas, one of several painting segments of 19 meters length, positioned on the floor in various angles, functioning as a screen. The exhibition space – the Herzliya Artists’ Residence Gallery – is examined as an architectural arena, one that the exposes new, potential spaces within it.

Golani’s painting installations employ architectural imagery that enable a review of actual and painting dimensions. Her body of work is rife with arenas of action: studios, theatre halls, exhibition spaces, circus marquees, racetracks, and even boxing rings. All performative showgrounds, and all – excluding artist studios – designed as venues for audiences. However, in Golani’s works, they are empty of performers and viewers alike. 

But what are seats without an audience to occupy them? What remains of a place’s pattern from the moment its function is suspended? The spaces in which cultural visions are displayed (theatre plays, art exhibitions, and so forth) are the heroes Golani brings before us, but without the activity they are designed for they are heroes uprooted from their heroic plot. Their purpose has been stripped of them. They wait, vacant, ostensibly detached from space and time. And here, appearing in their nakedness, just the spaces themselves, they are revealed in all their corporeality – without any of the events that may be held in any hall, any track, any marquee – bare of them and their concrete, specific identities.

The spaces Golani paints on canvas have been distilled into gestalts. Architypes. This is possible because the selected spaces are not random, they are marked places, arenas that produce culture. As such, they are not merely physical sites, but also symbolic ones. Places of secularized sanctity. In Golani’s art, the acts of watching and painting become sacraments of worship through which reality and its representations are perceived – and as rituals, the time of their existence is mythical, transcendent, renewable, and repetitive.  And in this mythical time, the visitors to the exhibition are not just art lovers incidentally gathered on a particular day and particular hour, but an audience. Their absence from the canvas lends an almost impersonal quality to their presence facing the canvas. 

The place of viewers (the recipients) and examination into the varied possibilities inherent in their contact with and amid the painting space is an issue Golani has been investigating in recent years, and as she delves deeper the paintings continued to grow in size. They began to exceed the frames, assembling into painting installations that go on to encircle viewers, reconstructing event sites within exhibition spaces. These painting arrays enable Golani to provide us with a moment to linger on the boundary line between actual reality and the one depicted on canvas. 

This boundary line is the very place into which the exhibition space seems to be crammed, allowing us to direct our full attention to the artwork exhibited in it. And as actual space fades into the background, the painting space erupts to the foreground. Golani’s painting arrays disrupt our ability to cross that line, and the forced pause extracts us from the passive role of viewers, acknowledging our strengths, our active position when faced with art.

“Sliding Door” is the first time in which one of Golani’s site-specific painting installations are presented in the very place they depict. A residence within a residence: one encompassing us in all its material force, and another surrounding us in a defined non-place and non-time. A bluish shadow of a gallery, an echo unsynchronized with its counterpart.

The depicted gallery space is not just a reflection of the concrete one, but its reconstruction. Golani rebuilds and reorganizes it. In the represented space there are hidden corners, openings leading to hallways, many columns (not part of the actual gallery, yet illogically multiplied in the painting – or, rather, multiplied in a way only logical to painting), and a timber beam floor (unlike the pale floor of the real Residence Gallery, perhaps reminiscent of stage floorboards to reference that the space is an actor, as our we – the actors within it).

Along with certain details that differentiate between the real space and its image, specific elements are also duplicated, while others develop and cross over to another, fabricated space. This results in a continuing composition, lacking a single focal point. The gallery space rolls out in basic blocks of shape and color, and without a clear theme to join them (meaning, had each been examined discretely, separate from the adjoining canvas and the general space they exhibit) they may be seen as abstracts, architectural patches of mysterious dimensions and tactility missing from the room.

It is clear Golani’s choice to portray a residence within the Mishkan (Residence) is not incidental – as the “Residence” is not simply a building or structure. Its name lends it significance, even insinuating some measure of authority. The original mishkan housed the Ark of the Covenant, where the divine spirit abided (the “spirit of the place”, as stated in the Scriptures, which is also another Hebrew term for God).

Golani’s works remind us that the physical place is always a gateway to the metaphysical one, particularly when it serves as a gallery, studio, theatre, or a residence (in this case, the Residence). Representing and stripping bare spaces evokes anew our ability as viewers to suspend disbelief, to briefly accept an agreed on lie that allows us to stand before artwork and be amazed. Golani extends the “fourth wall”, broadening the experience of the encounter between the 3-dimensional space and its 2-dimensional painting foil. We are invited to walk within the painting itself, to wander between the real and painting dimensions as they intermingle.

The mythical dimension inherent in those places where art manifests becomes the raw material for Golani’s art. Her works are not detached from this fabled place, but also do not cede to it. They point to the threshold, to the possibility of closing and separating – but, just as importantly – to the possibility of opening and crossing over.

A sliding door.

Solo exhibition








20/7/19-14/9/19

Participating Artists:

Events with the Exhibition:

Archived

from2019-09-11->>till2019-09-22

Susanne Schuda

Schudini the Sensitive

from2019-09-07->>till2019-09-07

Arenas of action

A talk with Tal Golani

7/9/19, 11:00

from2019-07-02->>till2019-07-02

The entrepreneur as god and the ghost in the machine

from2019-07-02->>till2019-09-30

Peter Szely

Residency for Austrian artists

from2019-06-15->>till2019-06-15

Cold Intimacy with Virtual Assistant

15/6

11:00

from2019-05-17->>till2019-07-13

NewSpeak / Lior Zalmanson

Solo exhibition

1/6/19-13/7/19

from2019-05-17->>till2019-05-17

MALOX / Garden Gig

17/5/19
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































12:00pm -Opening doors
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































12:30pm - Show

from2019-05-15->>till2019-05-15

Yossi Zabari / Bleeding Herat - the show

Garden Show, 15/5/19
































Opening doors - 8:00pm


Show - 8:30pm

from2019-05-15->>till2019-05-15

Givat Hasofer -Documentation and identity

15.5, 19:00

from2019-05-13->>till2019-05-17

Running up that hill

Performances, events, and conversations about the hill of the Herzliya Artists' Residence and Nordau Community Pool




13,15,17/5/19

from2019-05-13->>till2019-05-13

Grove Sound / Volkov, Fishof, Kantor, Oppenheim

13/5/19, 18:30

from2019-04-27->>till2019-04-27

A pope, a female police officer and a terrorist

A talk with Ruti De Vries and Tali Ben-Nun




27/4/19

from2019-04-11->>till2019-03-19

Lithuanian Story: Lina Lapelyte

Candy Shop and Other Dances

from2019-04-10->>till2019-04-10

Nico Teen

from2019-03-30->>till2019-06-30

Heidi Schatzl

Residency for Austrian artists








from2019-03-10->>till2019-02-06

I saw a lot of people in the street, one of them asked me what time it was / Ruti De Vries

Solo Exhibition

Curator: Tali Ben Nun

23/3/19-4/5/19

from2019-03-02->>till2019-03-03

A talk with Liat Segal

from2019-01-02->>till2019-03-31

Johann Lurf

from2018-12-31->>till2019-02-06

Vita Eruhimovitz

from2018-12-29->>till2019-02-28

Random Walk / Liat Segal

Solo exhibition
















Opens on January 12th, 8:00pm

from2018-12-13->>till2018-12-13

Tectonics 6

A Festival for new music








Thursday, December 13th, 8:30pm
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Admission free

from2018-12-11->>till2018-12-20

Frieder Butzmann

טקטוניקס 6

from2018-12-07->>till2018-12-17

Charles Ross

from2018-10-18->>till2018-11-08

Gintarė Minelgaitė

GoraParasit

from2018-10-10->>till2018-12-08

Always Duty Free

Group exhibition








27/10-2018 - 6/12/2018

from2018-10-08->>till2018-12-31

Lucas Norer

Residency for Austrian artists
















from2018-10-06->>till2018-10-06

Noam Rotem / Acoustic

Special show at the garden








6/10/2018, 20:30

from2018-08-18->>till2018-08-18

Lingers on the corporeal border

A talk with Jasmin Vardi

from2018-07-01->>till2018-08-02

Izik Badash

Residency Program

from2018-07-01->>till2018-09-30

Wilhelm Scherübl

Residency for Austrian artists

from2018-06-16->>till2018-08-31

Hyper-Intention / Jasmin Vardi

Solo Exhibition


5/7/18-20/9/18

from2018-06-12->>till2018-06-12

Born in Deir Yassin

Special screening and a talk with director Neta Shoshani / 12/16/2018, 20:00

from2018-05-06->>till2018-06-09

The Coastal Spray Zone #2

Efrat Galnoor

from2018-05-01->>till2018-05-31

Irina Birger

Residency Program

from2018-04-25->>till2018-05-08

Gina Haller, Nadia Migdal

Residency Program

from2018-03-31->>till2018-06-30

Jennifer Mattes

Residency for Austrian artists

from2018-03-05->>till2018-03-15

Paulina Pukytė

from2018-02-21->>till2018-05-05

Dead Honyes

Group Exhibition
















Opens on Saturday, March 10, 8pm

from2018-02-20->>till2018-05-31

Lisa Kudoke

from2018-02-17->>till2018-02-17

Real Daughter

A talk with Efrat Vital

from2018-01-05->>till2018-03-31

Lotte Lyon

Residency

from2017-12-16->>till2018-02-21

Winnie (Real Daughter) / Efrat Vital

Solo Exhibition




06.01.2018-21.02.2018

from2017-12-07->>till2017-12-14

Jaan Toomik

from2017-12-03->>till2017-12-03

Tectonics 5

Lina Lapelyte, Pierre Berthet, Mik Quantius with Alex Drool Yonovic
















3.12.17








20:00

from2017-11-28->>till2017-10-05

Lina Lapelyte

Tectonics Festival

from2017-11-28->>till2017-12-05

Mik Quantius

from2017-11-28->>till2017-12-05

Pierre Berthet

Tectonics Festival

from2017-10-28->>till2017-10-28

Nothingness to no one

A talk with Yair Barak

from2017-09-09->>till2017-11-25

Continents and Faces / Yair Barak

Solo exhibition








9.9.2017-25.11.2017

from2017-06-27->>till2017-07-31

Still Life, Live Data

A new research by Shenkar College, the Inspire Lab for Image Research, and the Sorbonne
















Opens on 08/07/2017

from2017-06-01->>till2017-06-30

Tal Shamir

from2017-05-05->>till2017-05-21

Ilya Rabinovich

from2017-04-27->>till2017-06-20

The Arnolfinis / Orit Adar Bechar

Solo Exhibition








27/04/2017 - 20/06/2017

from2017-04-25->>till2017-04-30

Dr. Reynaldo Anderson

Tohu Magazine Conference

from2017-04-01->>till2017-04-01

These are sculptures from nothing cause there's nothing

Artist Talk with Roy Menachem Markovich


from2017-03-07->>till2017-03-15

Axel Knost, Karin Redlich

Collaboration with "Harishonim" high school Herzliya

from2017-02-10->>till2017-02-25

Anna Bromley and Ofri Lapid

from2017-01-07->>till2017-01-07

Artist Talk with Meir Tati and Eyal Assulin

Saturday, January 7, 11am

from2017-01-01->>till2017-04-04

Good Greif / Roy Menachem Markovich

2/11/2017-4/4/2017

from2016-11-22->>till2017-01-28

Look at me

Meir Tati, Eyal Assulin

12/3/2016-1/28/2017

from2016-10-22->>till2016-10-22

Saturday morning at the gallery

from2016-09-24->>till2016-11-12

Follies | Elisheva Levy

Solo Exhibition




24/9/2016-12/11/2016

from2016-09-13->>till2016-11-30

Netally Scholsser

from2016-09-03->>till2016-09-12

gym

An interdisciplinary think and do group

from2016-08-13->>till2016-08-13

Saturday morning at the gallery

from2016-07-21->>till2016-09-03

Threshold

Curator: Ran Kasmy Ilan

7/21-9/3/2016

from2016-07-05->>till2016-07-20

Lior Zalmanson

from2016-05-21->>till2016-07-02

What's too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget

Curator: Ran Kasmy Ilan

5/21-6/25/2016

from2016-03-26->>till2016-03-26