Installation consists of furniture, light bulbs, rope, drawings (tape on the wall), video projection. 130 m2 (in two rooms)
Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art Tel-Aviv, Israel.
In this exhibition Alon has created an installation named „You’re speaking my language“, assembled from furniture hanging in the air and an infrastructure of light-bulbs and electricity wires spread throughout the gallery floor. This installation is continuing a line of installations showed by Alon during the past two years in which he deals with his position in the culture and society he lives in: beginning in his show „In case of leftovers” (which took place 2005 at Sebastian Fath Contemporary in Mannheim) and continuing in the exhibition “we just make a trip” (Appel Gallery, Frankfurt a.M, 2006). In both of this shows Alon exhibited installations made of touched-hanged furniture, in a very delicate balance, and a field of burning light bulbs on the floor. At „In case of leftovers” Alon dealt with the way the German society treats with him – a leftover of a lost and forgotten culture. As such he carries leftovers of language and culture, humor and cultural distinctions that seems belong to bought sides. at „we just make a trip” the artist dealt with definitions and patterns (linguistic and behavior as well) he is belonged with: the title of the installation refers in two sides: in one hand light – like: “look, we just make a trip together” and in the other hand a very serious: “in every journey that we will make together, we will always remember who you are and who I am”.
In the exhibition „You’re speaking my language“ Alon deals with another side of this subject: As Israeli he approaching his Israeli audience in search of the common ground missing for an alien subject in a strange county. The deep meaning of it is he and his audience understands each other both in a verbal and a behavioral way. One can see it as an invocation for belonging. A deeper look uncovers a gap. Language-wise, after five years Alon's Hebrew sounds a little bit “old”, not up to date. The everyday language, ever-changing and reinvented, did not afresh itself for Alon.
And in his visual language, his art, as Alon has always been a bit exceptional in the Israeli art scene, after five years of activity in Germany shows mainly the on-growing gap. Moreover, the touched-hanged furniture, the net of electric cables and burning light bulbs refers mainly to a great danger. In a moment it collapse, and the base of the common knowledge – that the artist and his audience are really speaking the same “language”, “understand” each other and belong to the same “culture” – will vanish. As in the other two exhibitions, the artist is examining his relationships to the culture and society he lives in and puts himself as a member and a stranger at the same time.
In the exhibition the video We Just Make a Trip, created by Hans Stützer is featured. This video was created an interpretation on an installation by Nir Alon in the Appel Gallery, Frankfurt a.M.