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Know Hope/ Addam Yekutieli

Israel 1986

Street Art, Installation

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Know Hope
Addam Yekutieli
Male
Israel
1986
September 5, 2016
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls. jean.gallard@widewalls.ch

I hope to move heavy hearts at least one inch to the side by confessing that I’m petrified of and secretly in love with the world. This is a statement that serves as a fuel for the creative machine of Know Hope, a famous Israelian artist renowned for his narrative urban pieces, murals, assemblages and installations. His artworks have a distinct way of pulling the heart strings of the viewers as Addam Yekutieli tries to make emotions the focal point of every single piece he authors. It should be noted that Yekutieli is prone to presenting his pieces both on a street and within the gallery space – a decision he made in the year of 2004. Over the course of his career, Addam has developed a visual iconography and vocabulary he utilizes to reflect real-life situations and document the notions of a collective human struggle we face every day.

The year of 2016 will not change the privacy terms of 2013 and 2014
Know Hope – Never Holding Anything Against Anything, 2010

Unique Urban Artworks

This artist was born in Los Angeles in 1986 and grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over the past ten years, Addam Yekutieli has formed a unique visual iconography and vocabulary utilized to reflect real-life circumstances and observations, as well as document the notion of a joint struggle of the human kind. An instant give away that you are looking at one of his original pieces is identifying the characteristic puppet style that made him famous in the first place. Very logical when you consider where he creates, Israeli-Palestinian conflict plays a major topic within Addam’s pieces – all the issues concerning the identity and borders commonly found in this struggle can be regularly found in his pieces. However, Yekutieli insists that he is not a pure political artist despite these theories[1]. By making distinct parallels between governmental conditions and emotional situations, it’s obvious why some consider this artist’s work as political. Due to his attempt to make a dialogue with the audience on a level based on emotional mechanism, Addam’s output tends to be understood and participated in intuitively without relying on solely intellectual interpretation. As was said earlier, Yekutieli operates both on the street and inside a gallery. This rule enables him to make various pieces without limiting himself to one or two mediums. Yekutieli also enjoys combining ready-made materials, mixed media pieces, photographs and text within his artworks. However, putting the painting tools aside, he mainly loves composing his pieces by using detritus and building materials, including wood, bricks and weathered paper.

If you are in a position to witness his work first hand, Yekutieli’s style will become instantly recognizable and you won’t have any trouble identifying his pieces in the future

The year of 2016 will not change the privacy terms of 2013 and 2014
Know Hope – Stampeded, 2012

Planing the Projects for the Future

As for Addam Yekutieli’s ongoing projects, there are a few that should really be noted at this point as they either are or will make a massive impact. Truth and Method is a project substantially based on realistic situations, continuing a well-established process of extensive observations of context whilst providing greater insight into a reflective practice. Images of planned site-specific street pieces form the basis of Truth and Method, with a series of emotional, text-based messages creating narratives reinforced by their circumstances. This vigorous and ongoing process invites us to understand our mutual reality through our own subjective personal experience and the photographs which are also planned expose us to moments from different environments, inviting us to try to find both personal and collective meaning in them. The project will hopefully stimulate feelings of belonging, solidarity and compassion. Vicariously Speaking is another existing new project the artist has in store for us. Since early 2016, the artist has been exchanging letters with imprisoned individuals currently serving sentences on death row in a Nashville state penitentiary. Following this correspondence, fragments of sentences from the inmates’ letters were extracted and put on a series of billboards around the city of Nashville. By taking these phrases out of their original context and placing them in a completely new one, thoughts of inmates take place in a public space and a dialogue within an interactive environment is created between two separate realities. In the future, these phrases will be tattooed onto people on the outside. Taking Sides is the last huge project the artist plans on executing at this point and is a bit less morbid than the Vicariously Speaking. Taking Sides aims to examine the idea of territory and the notion of adopting a stance, something all of us are familiar with. Generally, lines are drawn on the ground in order to mark two territories or express allegiance to certain ideals. These pieces, being placed in high-traffic public spaces allow an unavoidable interaction on behalf of the bypassers, with people constantly taking sides without even noticing, by simply walking down the sidewalk. The interventions are created in a specific manner, each responding to their environment and interacting with the people using the public space, allowing various images to be created in real time. These images will surely pack an emotional punch due to the deep meanings behind the written statements.

Yekutieli will hold both shows and press shop this and the year after that
Know Hope – Our Homelands in our Minds – Image via pictifycom

Feel What Know Hope Feels

Due to his unique style, it comes as no surprise that this artist has worked and exhibited in many countries around the world. He created and presented pieces in Norway, Israel, Croatia, Gambia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. And in all of those countries, Yekutieli managed to do what he strived for – to make the detachment between the emotional and political non-existent. This way, Addam Yekutieli allows the viewers to see themselves placed in the larger context than their own and realizing some long-ignored dark truths of our society.

This artist are represented by Lazarides London, Die Kunstagentin and Galerie Openspace.

Addam Yekutieli lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel.

References:

  1. Anonymous., Official Addam Yekutieli Biography, Bio [September 5, 2016]

Featured image: Know Hope – Photo of the artist – Image courtesy of the artist
All images courtesy of the artist.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Wall Drawings, Icônes Urbaines Musée d'Art Contemporain Lyon, LyonGroup
2016Jameco ExchangeNo Longer Empty (NLE), New York City, NYGroup
2016Still Here, A Decade Of LazaridesLazarides Gallery, LondonGroup
2016The Truth, As Told In Our Mother TongueDie Kunstagentin, Cologne, Germany Solo
2015Know Hope -Truth & MethodGordon Gallery, Tel AvivSolo
2015Bones BrigadeST-ART LTD, JaffaGroup
2015Imago Mundi. Luciano Benetton Collection. Mappa dell’arte nuovaFondazione Giorgio Cini, VeniceGroup
2015Water Takes the Shape of Its Container, Openspace Gallery, Paris, France Solo
2015EmpathyCatinca Tabacaru Gallery, NYC, USA Solo
2015Invisible CollegeFort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IAGroup
2015Viatlity and VerveLong Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
2015Vivid Bunch vol. 2 Die Kunstagentin, CologneGroup
2014InsidersRobert Fontaine GalleryGroup
2014POW! WOW! Exploring the New Contemporary MovementThe Honolulu Museum of ArtGroup
2013BRUTALLazarides, The Vinyl Factory, London (off site)Group
2013The Abstract And The Very RealLazarides Rathbone Gallery, LondonSolo
2013Art13Lazarides, London (off site)Group
2013Things That Stand BetweenGordon Gallery, IsraelSolo
2013Things Left Standing BehindGordon Gallery, IsraelSolo
2013CrunchThe Outsiders, NewcastleGroup
2013Ways of SeeingA Word of Art, Cape Town, South AfricaGroup
2012The WeightKnown Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2012Klimt IllustratedLazarides Rathbone Gallery, LondonGroup
2012RePrintHendershot Gallery, New YorkGroup
2012Streets of the WorldOpera Gallery, New YorkGroup
2011INSIDE JOB: STREET ART IN TEL AVIVTel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-AvivGroup
2010There Is Nothing Dear (There Is Too Much DearShow & Tell Gallery, LondonSolo
2010UntitledUndisclosed Location, Tel Aviv, Israel Solo
2010UntitledShow and Tell Gallery, TorontoSolo
2010UntitledUndisclosed Location, ViennaSolo
2010Scope Art FairMiami, FL, USA Group
2010UntitledInoperable Gallery, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2010Fresh Paint Art FairTel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2010BLK RiverVienna, Austria Group
2010Jaffa Cakes - former Rove Gallery space London, UKGroup
2010Living Walls, the City Speaks The Eyedrum Space , Atlanta, GA, USAGroup
2009The Times Won't Save You, This Rain Smells of MemoryCarmichael Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2009The Insecurities of TimeAd Hoc Art, NYC Solo
2009Through These Vacant Spaces We Can See AnywhereRialto, Rome, ItalySolo
2009The Times Won’t Save You (This Rain Smells of Memory) Carmichael Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2009How We Got There//Like Pigeons in the RainX-Initiative, NYC Solo
2009Artist Workshops, Lecture and Mural PaintingUCA Farnham, UKSolo
2009In/Version Show & Tell Gallery, Toronto, CanadaGroup
2009Fresh Paint – Contemporary Art FairTel Aviv, Israel Group
2009Friday 13thGodspeed Space, Tel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2009You’ve Got Light In Your Eyes Needles and Pens, San FranciscoGroup
2009Make RoomST-Art Exhibition Space, Tel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2009Kindred Times and Future GoodbyesTel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2009Life In an Emptied HouseST-Art Exhibition Space, Tel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2009Blk RiverOfroom Gallery, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2009The ThousandsVillage Underground, London, UKGroup
2009Go Get Your ShineboxBrooklynite Gallery, NYCGroup
2008Temporary ResidenceAnno Domini Gallery, CaliforniaSolo
2008Fresh Paint Young Artists Art FairTel-Aviv Group
2008HostingBiennial of Urban LandscapingGroup
2008Graffiti in the FrameShmone Club, Tel-AvivGroup
2008Images in Urban SettingsMidrasha School of Art, Tel AvivGroup
2008The WallUrbanix Gallery, Tel-AvivGroup
2008HomeLegal Action Gallery, Tel-AvivGroup
2008Take a Deep Breath Carmichael Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2008CorkedThe Gallery at Cork, LondonGroup
2008Nuart 2008Tou Scene, Stavanger, NorwayGroup
2008Post-PopHolon Museum of Comics, Holon, Israel Group
2008GenArt VanguardCarmichael Gallery, Miami, Florida Group
2008Fresh ProduceAnno Domini Gallery, San JoseGroup
2007Just Because You Are ListeningThe New and Bad Gallery, Tel-AvivSolo
2007He, She, Me Makes WeCarmichael Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2007Fresh ProduceAnno Domini Gallery, San JoseGroup
2007Too Sweet and Seldom SeenKismet Gallery, New YorkGroup
2007Separation Wall ProjectBethlehemGroup
2007The Rear, Herzliya Museum’s Biennial of Contemporary ArtHerzliya Museum, Israel Group
2006Pirates of the Tel-Aviv SwampIndependent Venue/Curation, Tel-AvivGroup
2006The End of the WorldIndependent Venue/Curation, Tel-AvivGroup
2006Echo of the CaveIndependent Venue/Curation, Tel-AvivGroup