August 04, 2017

Paul Kasmin Gallery is hosting an exhibition, titled “Transboundary” by New York-based artist Naama Tsabar at the gallery’s New York location.

The exhibition presents four new sculptures by Naama Tsabar (1982, Israel), marking her debut with the gallery. Known for her performances, installations and sculpture informed by aspects of music and nightlife, Tsabar focuses on the often hidden elements and materials that are at play in constructing physically immersive environments. A BFA from Hamidrasha School of Arts, Belt-Berl, Israel, in 2004, and MFA from Columbia University, New York in 2010, Tsabar has been featured in many solos and performances across continents and her recent performance includes at Palais de Tokyo in Paris this past March, and the Public Sector curated by Nicholas Baume at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 with the commissioned piece, “Composition 18”. Her work was also part of the acclaimed feminist group exhibition, Escape Attempts, curated by Kathy Battista at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery in Los Angeles this spring.

The exhibition features four new sculptures, the most recent of her “Work on Felt” series. Made of industrial materials such as felt, carbon fiber and epoxy, applied in colors black, dark blue and burgundy, these works remind a number of formal qualities of Ellsworth Kelly’s shaped canvases, John McCracken’s leaning planks, and Robert Morris’s 1960s felt works. Although, the hardwired austerity of material in Minimalism and its strict geometry has been softened in these sculptures by the felt and its curving slopes. The material appearance of the work is challenged by its ability to maintain a high degree of tension by a piano string and guitar-tuning peg held in a delicate balance on the wall, with felt- generally used to damper and absorb sound- has been designed at the front-and-center in these objects.