The Small Gallery
Ceramic artists display their work on ten shelves over 10 weeks. These artists are selected to create a window into the work done in clay in Israel
The Small Gallery at the Benyamini Center – a great place to visit and buy unique gifts. The shelves display handmade objects that bear the fingerprints of a dedicated maker, carefully crafted and hold the spirit of an Israeli artist.
Curator: Einav Barness Eliasov
The exhibition deals with changing material sustainability, the creative process and extending the boundaries of ceramics by combining other materials physically or conceptually. The interdisciplinary approach is fascinating, blurring the borders of media and enabling a broad dialog about making.
About the work displayed:
Moriah Adar Plaksin
The labour intensive ceramic process compared to the industrial process raises questions about modern culture which glorifies progress and technology and still wants to preserve simple traditions. Moriah creates a dialog by combining ceramic materials with a long tradition and new materials such as her Coca Cola bottles from “Mythologies” series as well as the synthetic fur and stones from the “more” series and the sellotape and paper from “glazed paper”
Following a visit to the Meissen porcelain factory Iris Zohar gives a personal interpretation of the media. The choice to combine porcelain with silicon stretches the boundary between possible and impossible, industrial and handmade, cheap and expensive as well as hard and soft. The result represents “poor” means and materials trying to be “rich”.
In her work Naama combines units to form a personal cell. Each cell is a basic unit and with an internal environment of intuitive creativity. She combines materials, tension between forms, movement and multiples. Each cell invites the viewer to peep inside and examine the internal world it creates.