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Hilla Toony Navok‘Waiting for the Sun’, 2021

Hilla Toony Navok presented a new sculptural kinetic installation that exposes the vulnerability, pain, and beauty of the materials used to shield us from the Israeli sun.
Created especially for the Great Hall, the work makes use of the unique form of the gallery’s ceiling, composed of a series of covered skylights, to turn the natural sunlight and ceiling covers into sculptural materials.

The central sculptural piece in the exhibition is made of the wooden pergolas and PVC sheets familiar from every yard and kiosk around the country. The artist used them to create a kinetic sculpture that is constantly assembled and disassembled at the same time. Installed at the heart of the large hall it invites the viewer to enter it, sit down, and discover from a new perspective – a surprising and abstract one – the most familiar materials in the Israeli street and home.

Hilla Toony Navok (born 1974, Tel Aviv) pursues both drawing and sculpting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in design from WIZO Haifa, and a master’s degree in art from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Teaches sculpture at Bezalel and Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan. She is a recipient of the Discount Artistic Encouragement Award, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2020); the Rapaport Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2020); Minister of Culture Award (2019); The Israel Museum’s Kolliner Award for a Young Israeli Artist (2018), among others. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries in Israel and abroad. A work by Navok is on permanent display at the New Train Terminal in Jerusalem (Navon Station). She has published two books (2018, 2019).