'A Spotlight' - Contemporary Israeli Design
- As one of the six gallery directors, I am delighted to present a new group of contemporary Israeli jewellery designers to Studio Fusion Gallery.
Studio Fusion has introduced work by an increasing number of Israeli artists over the past fifteen years. I feel privileged to have known, taught, and maintained a nourishing personal and professional dialogue with so many students and colleagues from the country where I grew up and subsequently taught.
As Ellen Lupton, a leading contemporary American curator, has written about the newer generation of Israeli designers, they “look constantly inward at the country’s own struggles as they reach outward at the global context in which the future must unfold.”
This exhibition shines a spotlight on a small group representing a lively community of Israeli jewellery designers. Most of them were born in Israel and were trained in the excellent Jewellery Departments of its leading art institutes, Bezalel in Jerusalem and Shenkar by Tel Aviv. Their training included broad exposure both to older traditions of craftsmanship brought by a previous generation of immigrants and contemporary trends throughout the world.
- Tamar de Vries Winter
Tal Frenkel Alroy’s aspiration is to be on a constant journey, understanding that the path inevitably forks and that whatever seems to be moving forward also moves backwards and sideways. These things occur, not only one after the other, or in parallel, but also one inside another. Her research and craftsmanship are a means of searching rather than finding and her search is for questions rather than answers.
Vered Babai finds that whilst her work is evoked by various impressions, a particular childhood memory, an intriguing object or a pleasant colourfulness that has caught her eye, it is the process that she finds the most fascinating, rigorous and demanding. She has evolved an exciting balance between existing metalsmithing techniques and her personal language, resulting in unique organic jewellery.
Edda Vardimon Gudnason's work bridges Danish minimalist simplicity, Icelandic colour schemes and Mid-Eastern sadness – her biographic triangle. Her themes, fallen soldiers, lack of flowers and beautification in Jewish burials, refugees and immigrants, are manifested through her process, combining the collection and study of accidental objects from nature and the environment, molten metal and enamel.
Kobi Roth’s work is an ongoing dialogue between traditional jewellery techniques and his exploration of individual approaches. Experimenting between the two, he creates three-dimensional forms with instinctive impact - a narrative content based on figurative images as well as abstract and poetic values.
The exhibition also incorporates a group of Israeli jewellery designers who are already established in Studio Fusion Gallery:
Michal Bar On's series of work is part of an ongoing process, which she develops in small increments and in depth, constantly questioning and answering issues of concept and design. The series addresses the challenge of combining the soft, in this instance thread, with the hard, metal, to strengthen the outcome. Her choice of colour and imagery is inspired by her natural environment - in Israel the Sea Squill and the Meadow Crocus are regarded as harbingers of Autumn. She has an ongoing fascination with rabbits and their typical characteristic of co-existence with humans while shunning their contact.
Hadas Levin – ‘Black Holes’ is a collection of Hadas Levin’s work made of fine silver and enamel. It is a private story told from a very personal and intimate world of images. The process begins with a very soft material, made of Pure Silver particles and binding agent known as Silver clay. At the first stage, while the material is still very soft and receptive the marks that are imbedded into the material are primal and unique. The final product, after firing, bears the traces of the touch and of the working process. The final Fine Silver objects carry the marks, such as fingerprints, nail scratches, lines of the palm hand, and teeth marks evidence of biting and chewing the material. To discover the details, identify the marks and wonder about the story, the work invites the Viewer for a closer view.
Ahuva Schwarzbard is fascinated by the long process of advanced planning leading to her finished jewellery and to the creation of the next piece. The finished piece has a life of its own and can stand on its own in a display space, although she prefers the bond between the wearer and the object. She integrates modern and traditional methods, utilising both accepted materials, such as gold and silver, in addition to stainless steel and coloured copper wires. She finds them interesting and fascinating, creating a new and modern look.
Yasmin Vinograd - Her unique designs combine ethnic rusticity and urban sophistication, responses to the harmony of natural organic elements, blended with contemporary, minimalist interpretation. She combines pure gold and silver and traditional techniques with modern designs to produce a powerful, feminine presence in her work.
Edda Vardimon Gudnason
Michal Bar On
Tal Frenkel Alroy