Tragic Mistake , 2011, courtesy of the artists
A group of young Haifa-based artists who have been working together since 2001, Broken Fingers do most of their paintings on the street. Another facet of their painterly activity is manifested in graphic design of posters and party flyers. As street painters they operate quickly, and their painterly language is, accordingly, fidgety and colorful, and may be ascribed to the areas of pop art and comics, with a psychedelic touch.
Their invitation to exhibit in the museum introduces open questions: Does not their participation in a museum exhibition neutralize their painting, depriving it of its power and idiosyncrasy? Is not their invitation akin to domestication of the wild and uninstitutionalized? What is the point in presenting street painting in a standard display space, within a museum?
Unsurprisingly, the members of Broken Fingers have chosen to defy all expectations, and to behave in the museum as befitting a museum. Together, all four of them constructed a type of pop-up painting consisting of painted wooden panels. The language of painting retains the basic impudence of street painting, but the object takes upon itself to behave in accordance with the rules of the institutionalized exhibition space.
Group members: Kip, Unga, Tant, Deso
Founded in Haifa, 2001; group members live and work in Haifa