Naama Tsabar

Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles  

Untitled (Double Face), 2019 
Naama Tsabar, Untitled #3 (from the Double Face Museum Series), 2016. Dye sublimation print, polished aluminum frame and chrome guitar, photographer: Kris Graves Courtesy of the Artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles
Drawing from her overlapping interests in sonic performance and the hybrid nature of musical instruments—as sculptural objects and conduits of sound—Naama Tsabar (b. 1982, Tel Aviv; lives in New York) tests the limits of audio in art spaces typically more welcoming to the visual.
In her gallery-based works, Tsabar invites spectators to pluck and strum her hanging felt pieces and sculptures. She has also constructed percussive or amplified works that are embedded into freestanding walls or sculptural supports. The rock and roll guitar solo has long been associated as a performance of masculine bravado and mastery.
For Frieze Projects, Tsabar presents Untitled (Double Face), a performance with related photographs that coopts and upends the guitar solo through a conjoining and doubling. Using two guitars grafted together, Tsabar and a partner turn the seemingly masturbatory performative gesture into an act based on intimacy and cooperation. Watch it here