Meaning Before Shape
Jonathan Leopold Trichter, Tel Aviv 1999, is a conceptual multidisciplinary artist, whose works range from video to plastic and performance art.
Coming from German Israeli family he grew in a international community, now works and live in Paris, France.
Questions that interest him regard the boundaries between ideas and matter, multiple narratives and fragments of meaning, as well as the modern appearances of myths from the ancient and religious work in our current symbolic systems.
Jonathan Trichter’s installation explores the relationship between form and meaning.
Formality accompanies people throughout history as an aid that gives meaning and defines boundaries. We have a constructive need to borrow gender with an agreed form. We are often born into conventions that society has defined for us, and in most cases we will continue to look at these definitions as agreed, and we will live according to them. In the art world, a similar process takes place, according to which works receive their meaning according to their form.
In this work Jonathan tries to get out of this framework, break the conventional forms as much as possible, and make use of basic forms that relate to the sexual gender of human beings. We live in a world in which people define themselves by the way they were born, that is to say, a woman by virtue of being a woman will define herself as a woman, and a man as a man. Trichter tests the option of selecting meaning before setting the shape.
By using repetitive construction and decomposition, the red cloth immersed in the Dead Sea seems to float above the surface of the water, and the random wind that exhales and inflates a new shape in the fabric produces a mass that simulates internal organs that are bubbling, heart, liver, reproductive organs, etc. The fabric by being a fabric, lacking a priori patterns, is ready at any given moment to change its shape and thus its meaning, which will change constantly or in a state of withering.