'between intimacy and alienation'
The initial idea behind this work was to create sort of a performance, not a live one, but a static performance, in a way it is a combination of sculpture and theater, a performance in the form of an installation.
By its nature, ‘between intimacy and alienation’ is both sculptural and theatrical, but nevertheless it remains static. once started the process I was in a need of looking, finding, re-defining to myself my ‘red-line’ (yes, later, translated into a transparent nylon wire ..) , how it all connects to one another. Along the way I got the urge, the need to re-arrange things to myself, to clarify, contextualize the work and the process too, the ways from A to Z, the way in which the idea develops. It means to discover where ‘things are laying ‘, as for me, having finished the work is somewhat like having reached the end.
In fact, this work is a collection, a collage of thoughts, sketches and maquettes and video clips from various performances, derived from my body of works I call ‘body-sculpture’s’, which I began to develop in the mid eighty’s (1985-86 and onward…).
I started this ‘collection’ once I began to develop my body-related works, constantly adding new materials which I brought into this process. This particular work (in very short…) existing and influenced by the human body, its movements, physic & mental, which is being presented in the form of dance performances (see DVD’s and website: www.noamben-jacov.nl ). When creating the performance I’m relating, enhancing the contact between ‘work’/object & human body and the space in between them as well as to the sound the ‘work’ makes.
Many thoughts cross one another (concisely (?) or not….) along this way. As result of this search the steps I took become like a collection of ‘things on the move’, crossing from the one to the other, from down to up, from left to right …, emphasizing the interrelations and putting it all in a context of mutual relations.
As to the title: ‘Between intimacy and alienation’, perhaps it is In 4 words the balance I’m looking for in all my works.
I‘m searching to catch, to put all this process into ‘one large open box’, to show first and foremost to myself the connections between it all, and how one thing lead to the other. …..
FACTSHEET:Dimensions : 200 cm x 200 cm x 300 cm (Height, Width, Depth)
Weight : 5 kg
Year : 2008
Material : Installation, Performance, Others, Mixed Media, Stone, Metal, Video, Textile, Plaster, Paper, Natural materials, Wood, Plastics, Light, Sound, Synthetic resin, Steel
Technique : Collage, Video, Sound
Style : abstract, modern, monumental, poetic, geometric, symbolic, social, constructive, architectural
i was born in Israel 1952 (kibbutz Hazorea), live and work in the Netherlands from 1985 to present. Study from 83-85 nova Scotia university of the arts, Canada, and 85’-89’ completed studies at g. Rietveld academy, the Netherlands.I am fascinated by the simplicity … taking the complexity's of life... the daily... but fascinated...trying to "fish' the small things in life.... In general, all my works are responding to a personal situations or events in my life. Maybe… I am somehow the viewer and the participant at same time, on one hand the center of the unit, however, on the other hand, also the viewer, watching the ‘things ‘happening around… Noam Ben-jacov has been developing his ‘dynamic body related work’ (body-sculptures) for more than 30 years,Creating the work, I emphasizing on the mental, physic & movement. relating to the human body as the ‘motor’, the center’ creating the construction around, with and on the body, paying much attention to the overall contact between sculpture & human body as well as to the sound the ‘work’ makes and just naturally not forgetting the space surrounding it all, ‘enjoying’ the restrictions taking, incorporating them along into this moving sculptural unite. A unit where the human can define owns space, room, saying space meaning the inside and outside space, a room where you can be in… caring it, living in, thought of extension, sheltering with…in.I am strongly believing in very personal self-expression and wanting my work to be as associative as can be, or perhaps just letting the work to talk …to scream… preferably to sing….
noam ben-jacov, Mixed Media, Natural materials
noam ben-jacov, Others, Performance
noam ben-jacov, Others
noam ben-jacov, Wood, Light