Two new exhibitions at the Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center
Opening: Thursday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Closing: Saturday, April 29, 14:00 p.m.
In the Upper Gallery:
“Tradition and Change”
The Benyamini Prize for the advancement and promotion of Crafts and Material Culture – granted for excellence and unique contributions to the field of craft.
This year the prize will be awarded for the first time and hopefully will continue to do so for many more years to come. It is supported by the Designer Crafts Foundation, London, UK.
The exhibition features works by ten artists who were short listed by a committee of representatives of the Foundation. A local committee further chose the final prize winners out of the ten finalists.
- The Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, 5 April, 18:00 p.m.
- The Jury: Daphna Naor, Sari Sharolovitz, Barbara Green, Gloria Kramer, Pazit Ofner Deans
- Participating Artists: Noga Harel, Talia Mokmal, Michel Sabbagh, Lior Amiel, Dalia Ben-Ari Fish and Nurit Baltiansky, Haimi Fnichel, Yael Friedman, Osnat Koblenz, Yonit Crystal
In the Lower Gallery:
“Taking Risks” – Miri Fleischer
Curator: Shlomit Bauman
Miri Fleischer is an established artist. In her work she examines the tension between the vessel and the object and between the functional and the abstract. Pottery is her point of departure, the utilitarian simple vessel. However, right from the start she challenges working methods and conventions. Assorted materials are wedged into the clay; thick glazes are intentionally over fired to cause wild and unexpected results, stretching the boundaries in order to recreate volcanic reactions in the ceramic kiln. The result of this process is a series of unexpected objects which underwent a formal and material jolt to form a personal unique and meaningful ‘subject’. Fleischer has been working for several years in traditional Japanese Zen methods and at the same time developing her own personal language.