Tue 12 September 2017 | 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Poriya 3 - Poriya 3, Tel Aviv, FREE

Nope. Besides meaning a plain informal rejection, Urban Dictionary defines is as “a flat-out refusal; the complete and ultimate rejection of reality and all things associated with said reality”
Its possible that Nope simply defines the way one should see reality nowadays in order to survive and thrive even, a sort of ‘realistic optimism” approach, or as they say “it is what it is”. Deal with it.

This is also the title of recent publication by Klone, in which he’s collecting and showcasing a collection of visual documentation and reaction to reality, his reality, but also the bigger picture as much as it can be reflected by one person with eyes, ears and heart open wide and far.
Collecting together drawings, murals, street intervention and photography from past year, Nope is here to show the in-betweens , the things that don’t get exhibited in galleries and many times just disappear in between the bigger thoughts and actions. This is a wide open visual diary, that welcomes the viewer on a tour into Klone’s head, as far and as deep as one wants to take it.

Klone, b. 1983 in Harkov, Ukraine, currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Influenced by his childhood emigration from the Ukraine to Israel, Klone’s initial practice of tagging and graffiti were personal challenges to themes of diaspora. This urban tradition allowed him to take ownership of his surrounding and localize an often hostile and alienating environment, making his foreign settings, more familiar.

As his works expanded to exhibitions and murals throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, Klone began to integrate more complex traditions of art history and aimed to reach a broader political treatise by moving the intention of his work outside of himself and towards others and their relationships with—and concept of “home.”

Using characters, symbols, and regional iconography Klone’s work borrows from existing linguistic traditions in hope of providing a bridge to communicate. This organic approach appeals in its attempt at universality without erasure, without requiring a blank slate mentality. Each installation and drawing, attempts to create an environment that will connect with the observers primal feeling, placing him or her as part of the setting and context of the work. As well, Klone’s works, whether created inside the studio or in in the public sphere, speaks to the exploration of what combinations are available to us with and also outside of a given discourse of belonging.

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