So-Long 2011

“During the last winter, which Efrat Kedem spent in Princeton, USA, she photographed several tributes to Richard Long, an artist she admires, and to his work A Line Made by Walking. She walked on the snow in a straight line, in a heart-shaped line, and in various other lines. The photographs of her walks in the snow are featured in the exhibition next to green synthetic turf covering the floor, with the ambiguous words “So Long” cut out from it, and thus may be read as “goodbye,” “so lengthy,” or “so like Richard Long.”

In all her artistic acts, Kedem preserves an inkling of wonder and primacy, as if she comes to art each time anew. Even when she paints tributes to great masters or conducts a dialogue with the history of art, her practice is fresh and ostensibly virginal. When she walks in the deep snow in Princeton-after Long’s canonical walk-not only does she concretize the expression “to follow in his footsteps,” but also conveys the wonder at walking in the snow, in boots and a heavy coat, an excitement reserved to children and to people from warm countries (such as Israel). A walk in the snow for the first time, in this winter which is “so long”, combines thrill and admiration together with an ironic undertone. Deep snow belongs to distant wintery countries, just as Richard Long belongs to another artistic planet; and yet, under the guise of naïveté and play, a straight line may be rendered into a heart.”
Ruth Direktor
Chief Curator, Haifa Museum of Art

Crossing lines made by walking with mud on boots, neighbors lawn,Princeton 2011

Crossing lines made by walking with mud on boots, neighbors lawn,Princeton 2011

Heart shape line made by walking on the snow,Princeton 2011

Heart shape line made by walking on the snow,Princeton 2011

Line made by cycling, Centeral Park NYC, 2010

Line made by cycling, Centeral Park NYC, 2010

Line made by runing on the bridge,NJ,2011

Line made by runing on the bridge,NJ,2011

Line made by walking to the water,Princeton,2011

Line made by walking to the water,Princeton,2011

Line made by walking, Ithaca,NY 2011

Line made by walking, Ithaca,NY 2011

Line made by walking,Philadelphia,PA, 2011

Line made by walking,Philadelphia,PA, 2011

SO-LONG-Installation view

SO-LONG-Installation view

SO-LONG-Installation view

SO-LONG-Installation view