Hanina Gallery, Tel Aviv, 2017
Permanent Island an inter-disciplinary installation by Yoav Hirsch offers a total sensual experience. This work is gathering medium edges from movement, performance and drawing to sculpture, video and sound. The experience in the exhibition is not only of a spectator but also one must listen, move and stay in time. The tensions embodied between the different components are directing the visitors in to a liminal space, a place that is constantly in between, undefined, without pulling to one direction, without going forward but also not going backwards. It’s an eternal state, a diffusion, of being on the way.
This in between state exists as a fundamental component of the visitors experience and also as part of the relationship between all the elements that create the exhibition. In view of the scenario happening in the space, many questions are raised about the links between existence and materiality: who is more present in the space? Does one medium have a more tangible presence than the other? Can a video have a plastic presence? Can an object have the presence of sound?
The different parts of the exhibition are brought to the viewers in a fluid state, there edges are blurred and sink one in to the other until it's hard to tell them apart: the drawings on the walls where created with inspiration from dancer who visited Hirsch's studio, whereas the video depicts a manipulation that is reacting to the sculptured objects and drawings in the space.
This exhibition model is driven directly from Hirsch's work process, which began with one medium and passed on to another from the need to find the most fitting expression for this work and not necessarily for the artist himself. In this manner the exhibition was formed not as a finishing point but as a land mark on the way. The works did not leave the studio when finished, signed and sealed, on the contrary: with their arrival at the gallery space all options are reopened and the new links create a fertile ground for evolution and change.