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Israeli Glass 2011


The "Israeli Glass 2011" exhibit seeks to review the glass arena in Israel over the past four years. This is the second time that the Eretz Israel Museum is mounting a comprehensive exhibition of contemporary glass (the first took place in 2007). The exhibition showcased approximately 100 artistic works by 67 local artists coming from different backgrounds and aesthetic persepectives and at all stages of their careers. Veterans and newcomers range from professional glass artists with years of experience to young artists who have just graduated from art school and aspire to develop their own language and style. In addition there are artists who do not belong strictly to the world of glass, some coming from domains and art forms other than glass (painting, sculpture, ceramic art, graphic design, textile design, jewelry design, industrial design), while others work in a broad spectrum of media, including glassVeterans and newcomers range from professional glass artists with years of experience to young artists who have just graduated from art school and aspire to develop their own language and style. In addition there are artists who do not belong strictly to the world of glass, some coming from domains and art forms other than glass (painting, sculpture, ceramic art, graphic design, textile design, jewelry design, industrial design), while others work in a broad spectrum of media, including glassVeterans and newcomers range from professional glass artists with years of experience to young artists who have just graduated from art school and aspire to develop their own language and style. In addition there are artists who do not belong strictly to the world of glass, some coming from domains and art forms other than glass (painting, sculpture, ceramic art, graphic design, textile design, jewelry design, industrial design), while others work in a broad spectrum of media, including glass.


A vast range of glassmaking processes are illustrated in various combinations as well as an interdisciplinary crossover to a wide assortment of techniques and media. Some artists concentrate on mastering fundamental techniques using traditional skills and standard materials: hot-glass processes (glass in its liquid form) (blowing; fusing, hot-modeling, kiln-forming, kiln-casting, pâte de verre, sand-casting and lampworking), and cold-glass processes (painting, cutting, grinding, engraving, acid-etching, polishing, sandblasting and other surface treatments). Others explore more contemporary artistic concepts, pursuing new methods of working with glass by using the latest technologies (photography, lamination, contemporary illumination possibilities, etc.). In an effort to push the boundaries of what is possible with glass, experimentation with a variety of presentational formats and mixed-media alternatives often incorporating unorthodox media (such as MRI scans, natural bone) are also evident. Finally, a new sense of fiction and illusion is produced by means of digital technology and video work, often accompanied by installation components

 


Shifting between the real and the surreal, the imaginary and the realistic, the exhibits evoke distinctions that are based on deliberation and the reciprocal relationship between the private and the collective. Through their work the artists express their perceptions regarding real and imaginary situations;  with humor, lyricism or sensuality, poetic sensitivity, subtle or bold irony. Some of the works deal with a dialogue with the past or relate to social, cultural, historical, political, ideological and environmental issues. 

The way in which glass is revealed, perceived, evaluated, investigated, treated, used and transferred (as is, or combined with other materials) presents some of the creative and imaginary ways in which it is used and illustrates its diversity as a means of artistic expression.


Curator: Henrietta Eliezer Brunner

July 15 - November 15 2011