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Guy Yanai
Fox Hill Road

19th April - 28th May, 2016


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Rod Barton is please to present Fox Hill Road, a solo show of new work by Tel Aviv based Guy Yanai. This is the artists first solo show with the gallery and his first solo show in Brussels. The name for the exhibition is taken from the street where Yanai moved to at the age of seven in the suburbs of Boston from his hometown of Haifa. In hindsight, the contrast of this move has been a central hidden pillar in the tension of his paintings. From a Mediterranean port city in an area of conflict to a New England suburb of an almost exaggerated "quality of life" and order. Though his family only lived in the house for four years, that time has remained both a significant time of childhood and concurrently a sort of "black hole" where many memories and experiences have been lost. Arriving with nether the language nor the cultural attributes during the height of the cold war.

The works in Fox Hill Road at first might seem to be of an incoherent thematic realization. Houses from the Fox Hill Road (from Google street view) , The old city of Arrezo (depicting Jerusalem) after Piero della Francesca, Plants from Hotel Regina in Cimiez (where Matisse lived), plants from trips, images found other sources, and other concerns that have preoccupied Yanai for the past few years. The glue putting all of these polar subjects together is the manner of Yanai's painting, one of usually applying the paint with a flat brush horizontally across the linen.


Guy Yanai, Born 1977 in Haifa, Israel, Guy Yanai currently lives and works in Tel Aviv.
He attended Parsons School of Design and the New York Studio School, and received a BFA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.

Yanai has exhibited at the Haifa Museum of Art, Velan Center for Contemporary Art, Turin; Rothschild 69 Kunsthalle Tel Aviv, Hangar Bicocca, Milan; The Spaceship on Hayarkon 70, and Ashdod Museum of Art among others. Recent solo exhibitions include Ordinary Objects at the Haifa Museum for Art, Ancienne Rive at Ameringer McEnery Yohe NYC, Diary, at Galerie Derouillon Paris; First Battle Lived Accident, at Alon Segev Gallery Tel-Aviv, Accident Nothing at Aran Cravey Los Angeles, Battle Therapy Living Room at the Velan Center for Contemporary Art Turin, and Lived & Laughed & Loved & Left at La Montagne Boston.

Upcoming projects for 2016/17 include shows at Galerie Derouillon Paris, Harpers Book East Hampton, David Achenbach Projects Germany, Ameringer McEnery Yohe NYC, and The Breeder, Athens.