GRADUATE ALUMNUS JONAS N.T. BECKER IN SOLO SHOW AT SHULAMIT GALLERY

GRADUATE ALUMNUS JONAS N.T. BECKER IN SOLO SHOW AT SHULAMIT GALLERY

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 14:01

Zol Zayn // What If?
A solo show by Jonas N.T. Becker (MFA 2010)
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 11, 2014 | 7 PM - 9 PM
Exhibition Dates: January 11 - March 4, 2014
Shumalit Gallery

Shulamit Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by new media artist Jonas N.T. Becker.  Born in West Virginia, Becker currently lives and works in Los Angeles.  She received an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine in 2010.  She is a recipient of the Six Points Fellowship for emerging Jewish artists, and teaches photography at Scripps College and the Art Institute of California.  Becker’s images and video installations actualize the imaginary space between what can be seen and what we suspect, hope, or believe is real.  Her visual imagery gives truth-like authority to that which can’t be documented and features suspended time and mythologically constructed 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?”

Image: courtesy of the artist.