Three Urinals
Three Urinals
Three Urinals
Three Urinals
Three Urinals
Three Urinals
Three Urinals
Three Urinals
Three Urinals
Three Urinals



Three urinals, 2007
Stainless steel
Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Tamar Dresdner
Intallation view
Three urinals, 2007
Stainless steel
Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Tamar Dresdner
Intallation view
Three urinals, 2007
Stainless steel
Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Tamar Dresdner
Intallation view
Three urinals, 2007
Stainless steel
Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Tamar Dresdner
Three urinals, 2007
Stainless steel
Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Tamar Dresdner
Three urinals, 2007
Stainless steel
Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Tamar Dresdner
Three urinals, 2007
Stainless steel
Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Tamar Dresdner
Three urinals, 2007
Stainless steel
Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Tamar Dresdner
Intallation view
Three urinals, 2007
Stainless steel
Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Tamar Dresdner
Intallation view
Three urinals, 2007
Stainless steel
Tavi Dresdner Gallery, Tel-Aviv
Curator: Tamar Dresdner
|+|Three Urinals \ Dr. Hadara Sheflan -Katsav

Three urinals, identical in size and shape, made of shiny stainless steel. From afar, the urinals look like small gynecological instruments, but when approached the image changes. A desire awakens to get closer, to "butt" one's head in and look around, explore and discover what’s going on inside. The center of the urinal looks like a carnivorous plant, like an open mouth, both inviting and repulsive at the same time. The work affirms a process of distancing oneself from sexuality while at the same time drawing the viewer nearer to it.

In Yudkovik's work, the object of desire is the father / man whose absence signifies the artist's questions of identity. In many of her series of works, she examines the issue of male identity, especially through stereotypes that do not remain stagnant but rather squirm around.

In “Three Urinals”, Yudkovik executes a voyeuristic probe into the field of masculinity – a field in which the urinal signifies, above all, an intimate male territory offering manly companionship (brotherhood) as well as a display of masculine command (over the act of urination). However, contrary to Duchamp's famous urinal and its many paraphrases, Yudkovik's urinals appear from the side to be pregnant or full, as opposed to the empty space that is maintained when they are viewed from the front. In marked contrast to the original urinal, these urinals are blocked and provoke no desire to urinate into them.

The unique nature of the three urinals may indicate the artist's refusal to adhere to the notion of the vagina as a space that needs to be filled. The female space, which nostalgically recognizes its very existence as lacking, appears here as a thing that does not require filling, that is not in need of completion. It is not a void but rather an independent and powerful space.