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Roni Hajaj | A Foot, Tops

March 30 - May 06, 2017

Solo Show: None

"A Foot, Tops" is Roni Hajaj's second solo show at RawArt Gallery. It encompasses painting on canvas, on wood, and on paper, as well as sculptures and installations. The paintings are characterized by intense colors, direct materiality, and geometric cuts and angles. They feature faces, masks, body parts, signs that are both eyes and fish, and vases that are both vessels and bodies.

The exhibition is akin to a colony of sorts, with different characters populating it - hung unstretched canvases and forms functioning as containers, tents and pyramids. These forms frame the figures while breaking, dismantling, and blending into them.

While "A Foot, Tops" has been preceded by studio work, it is similar to Hajaj's previous exhibitions by being formed out of an on-site practice, thereby relying on time- and site-specific intuitions and insights. Through juxtapositions of objects, shapes, and colors, Hajaj brings the mind and the eye into play, composing different relations and stories. In this sense, Hajaj's paintings are based on actions similar to the artist's collages and sculptures. In every medium, fractions and parts are connecting to form new beings – hybrids that inhabit a certain space, where they continue to grow limbs, angles, and appendices.


*The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog


Born in 1976, Roni Hajaj lives and works in Tel Aviv. Hajaj earned a BFA from HaMidrasha School of Art, Beit Berl College, in 2006, and participated in the Alma College Fellows Program in 2009-2011.
Hajaj is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans painting, costume design, music, fashion, and curating. Using various materials, Hajaj works in diverse media, including sculpture, installation, collage, and printmaking.
Hajaj's work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in various venues, including RawArt Gallery, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, the Herzliya Biennale for Contemporary Art, the Tel Aviv Artists' Workshop, the gallery at Sapir College, and MoBY (Museums of Bat Yam). Hajaj was awarded several prizes, including The Rabinovich Foundation Grant and an Award of Excellence from HaMidrasha School of Art.

As a curator, Hajaj has worked at MoBY (Museums of Bat Yam), and has independently curated exhibitions in various venues, such as Sommer Gallery in Tel Aviv and Holon Design Museum.


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