LIAT YOSSIFOR creates monochromatic paintings that are equally pictorial and physical. Using an alla prima technique, Yossifor works within the durational limitations of the liveliness of the oil medium, as well as a set of self-imposed restrictions that relate to the action of painting and her sense of the works as performative gestures, indexed to the artist’s presence.
Her paintings reference an embodied self, reflected in the thickly textured, punctuated surfaces. In seeking to reinvigorate and advance the language of action painting, Yossifor concentrates the “action” near the center of each work while allowing it to become more diffuse around the edges, establishing a figure-ground relationship. A delicate balance between cognition and action—in which the resolution of pictorial space coexists in tension with the painting as a record of an event—the works are grounded in the artist’s movement and are generated by utilizing a process that resembles automatic drawing. Yossifor attacks, scores, and interacts with the paint to create textural lines and structures that echo drawings; these drawing features are subsequently buried in the ensuing layers of paint.
Yossifor (b. in 1974, Israel) received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine in 2002. She was a resident at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, as a guest of the Deutsche Borse Residency Program in 2010.
Select solo exhibitions include: “A Body of Water,” PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL; “The Stand,” Páramo Galeria, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; “Time Turning Paint,” Pitzer College Art Galleries, Broad Center, Claremont, CA; “Pre-Verbal Painting,” Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; “The Tender Among Us,” Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; “Movements,” Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY; “Double Life,” Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany; and “Expanding on an expansive subject,” the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.
Group exhibitions include “Modulaciones,” Museo de Arte de Sinaloa in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico; “Grafforists,” Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; “New Works,” the Margulies Collection, Miami, FL; “Stolen Gestures,” Kunsthaus Nurnberg, Nuremberg, Germany; “Subject,” Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT; “From America,” Museum of Modern Fine Arts, Minsk, Belarus; “The Third Wight Biennial,” New Wight Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, and “The End,” Deep River, Los Angeles, CA.
Select public collections include Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Los Angeles, CA; Isabel and Agustin Coppel Collection, Mexico City, Mexico; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Marguilles Collection, Miami, FL; and Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, MN.
Her book, Movements: Liat Yossifor, was published in 2016 by DoppelHouse Press.
Yossifor is represented by Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany; PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL; and Páramo Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico.
Yossifor lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.