At the Moment All Spaces Change depicts an abstracted urban landscape in the form of a large-scale horizontal wall relief. This installation is loosely based on Italo Calvino’s description of Marozia, one of the fantastic cities depicted in his novel Invisible Cities, an urban space in constant change, where surprises lurk behind cracked walls and gestures are enough to transform the city like a crystal. Consisting of assorted repurposed paper pieces, this landscape draws upon patterns from natural phenomena and urban architecture. It specifically refers to Bushwick, the neighborhood in Brooklyn where my studio is located, but its fragmentary and layered nature makes it more of a mindscape, where the lines between actual and imagined places blur.
My process begins by integrating hundreds of torn pieces of paper which accumulate and assemble into intricate and textured layers. Assembling two-dimensional fragments into three-dimensional compositions involves building and excavating, covering and uncovering, marking fresh paper and scavenging material from former installations. The materials include scraps of my drawings, ink marks, and fragments of photos depicting urban life from my daily experiences, which altogether evoke the feeling of found objects or trash, as if layered by chance. Like ephemeral cloud formations or the strata in sedimentary rock, each layer documents a distinct moment in time and suggests a hidden narrative.
Etty Yaniv was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and currently works on her art and art writing in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BA in psychology and English literature from Tel Aviv University, a BFA from Parsons School of Design, and a MFA degree from State University of New York Purchase. She integrates mediums such as drawing, photography, and painting to form immersive environments.
Etty has exhibited in solo and group shows locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. New York City venues include Storefront Ten Eyck, Life on Mars, A.I.R. Gallery, Sheen Cultural Center, R. Jampol Projects, Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus, Schema Projects, and WhiteBox. Regional exhibits in Connecticut and New Jersey include University of Connecticut in Storrs; Drawing Rooms in Jersey City; City Without Walls, Gateway Project Spaces, and Newark Museum in Newark; and Monmouth Museum in Lincroft. National exhibitions that have featured Etty’s work include Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California; Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana; Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania; Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas; Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont; Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia; Target Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia; and ZERO1 Biennial in San Francisco, California. International exhibitions include Art Gallery of St. Albert in Alberta, Canada; Haifa Museum of Art in Haifa, Israel; Mestrovicev Paviljon-HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia; Galerie Delikatessenhaus, Westpol A.I.R. Space, and Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei in Leipzig, Germany; and Institut Für Alles Mögliche and Die Novo Projekt in Berlin, Germany.
Etty’s art residencies have included the School of Visual Arts in New York City and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Her work has been printed in publications such as The New York Times, Village Voice, Newsday Magazine, and The Nation.