During the past year, Israeli artist Jonathan Goldman has built a big raft out of recycled wood, plastic barrels, a sail made out of cloth and sailed into the open sea.This nautical-fictional journey is telling a partially documentary partially fictional story of a scientist, who plants and grows mountains or floating islands as an alternative environment for life.
The project "The West Border" started as a response to a specific Isareli Kibbutz located beside the border between Israel and Gaza. this settlement was founded in 1936 and was obligated to relocate in 1943 to the south.
Contemplating the migration of the kibbutz members south, along the Israeli coastline, ignited J Goldman’s imagination, and thus was born the idea for an aquatic, personal and political journey along the Israeli coast. It is a journey that provokes questions about the relocation of “the home”, the western sea border and the “costs” of existence in a conflict-ridden area.
During this journey pseudo scientific activities were conducted as part of Goldman’s ongoing occupation of the scientific methods expressed in his art. a “lab” for fertilizing and growing “mountain embryos” - imaginary figures whose unique growing conditions combine lights and sounds created at his artistic lab, was erected on the raft .
The mountain embryos were planted during this voyage, along the Israeli coast in the abyss of the sea, embodying the potential to cultivate landmass, creating an alternative existence or expanding on the existing one.
The image of floating mountains first emerged in Goldman's paintings as a primordial landscape, both imaginary and real, in 2013. In one of these, the image of a mountain is outlined in green and turquoise hues against a white background, whereas in another—the mountain is the bare wooden surface itself, surrounded by ocean-blue color. This reversal between image and background enables the viewer to observe the mountain as if it were either present or absent, and in so doing explore his changing mode of observation
Part of the L.A.N.D exhibition, at the Wilfrid museum, Kibbutz Hazore'a, Israel, Curators: Anat Turbowicz & Shir Yamaguchi.
The installation includes a laboratory in which tiny floating mountains are grown in glass jars inside green-turquoise liquid. "The sounds illuminate the mountains from within; the lighting responds to the sound of the sea, repetitious sounds of nature. The simple acts, such as dripping or knocking, are, in fact, cyclic acts which illuminate the mountains and 'make them grow' as it were, until one day they may become continents themselves."
The current installation elicits thoughts about evolution—the development of life on earth and its feasibility in the future. It is a twilight zone where the line between art and science fiction blurs.
My interest in evolution may have led me to the idea of a habitat for continents at laboratory conditions. We have a long history, teeming with traumas we have experienced on earth, and here is a scientist who 'grows' little mountain embryos, that will develop, hover, and become new continents. A life will emerge there, and a new evolution will begin. The question is, what kind of evolution will take place on each of them? It is a very naïve thought that stemmed from the works, which incarnated into one another. The images that inspired me were the natural habitats of algae whose turquoise hues merge with the color of the seaweed growing in the water.
L.A.N.D // 2014 // Sound Installation // Exhibition at the Wilfrid Museum, Israel // Curators: Anat Turbowicz & Shir Yamaguchi.
Inspired by LoudSpeakers
SOUND IS WHEN YOU FEEL IT // 2013 // mix media on wood // 52x37 cm
Untitled // 2013 // mix media on wood // 54x37 cm
Untitled // 2013 // Ink, marker, oil and wood // 64x40 cm
I can here you // 2012 // mix media on wood // 240x185 cm
Always listen // 2013 // 45x31x14 cm
I can hear you 123 // 2012 // mix media on wood // 65x30 cm
Untitled // 2013 // mix media on wood // 62x40 cm
Untitled // 2013 // mix media on wood // 64x40 cm
Untitled // 2013 // oil on wood // 64x40 cm
Untitled // 2013 // mix media on wood // 60x52 cm
This is what I think about the situation
The Lab Installation was established as part of the Broken Relationship exhibition at the Gabirol Gallery in 2015.
It is a laboratory for the creation and growth of Floating Mountains.
Evidence of corruption
The work deals with the pollution stain that has existed for the last 20 years at Sydney Ali beach in the city of Herzliya in Israel at the foot of the abandoned Israel Military Industries base.
NIPA-5 is a chemical substance used in the process of explosives and weapons manufacture.
The works are composed of natural and manmade objects (dried prickly pear leaves, rusty metals, Israel Military Industries debris, an army issue can of hummus, a digging shovel, threads and so on) found in the abandoned Israel Military Industries base located above Sydney Ali beach in Herzliya.
The work was shown at The Artists Residence in Herzliya as part of a residency program during which I investigated the pollution stain at Sydney Ali beach and its causes, at the exhibition “Sommer Strasse” .
Evidence of corruption 2 // 2014 // Plant, found object, string // 64x40x15 cm
Evidence of corruption 3 // 2014 // Plant, found object, string // 64x40x15 cm
The installation started as an attempt to create a M.D.M.A drug lab as an art piece. through the work process the real meaning of the work revealed it self and the lab was transformed into a sound installation .
The work deals with the idea of transformation . a transformation the work and the artist go through in the process of creating an art piece.
A.L.A.B // 2012 // Sound installation.
Connections // 2014 // mix media installation // 95x40 cm
Home is a different place // 2014 // mix media // 120X130 cm
Sound of a moment ago // 2014 // mix media on wood // 52X105 cm
The sound of what we left behind #3 // 2014 // mix media on wood // 40X61cm
Two mountains and a negotiator // 2014 // mix media // 61X120 cm
White sound // 2014 // wood assemblage // 70X110 cm
Working with sound #2 // 2014 // ink, paper and wood // 50X70 cm
The work is a computerized system that broadcasts the sound of the waves breaking against the breakwater at the Herzliya Marina directly into the museum space in real time.
One part of the installation is a microcomput- er permanently installed at the Herzliya Marina and operating independently on solar energy. The computer transmits the wave sounds directly to the second part of the installation, shown at the Herzliya Museum as part of the “Rising Star” exhibition.
Installation view at the Herzliya museum // 2014
See Sound // 2014 // mix media sound installation // 220x60x60 cm
View of the Computer system at the Herzliya Marina