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The glass animal figurines suspended from the ceiling of the Israeli Glass 2011
exhibition at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv greet you with their title,
“Nice to Meat You.” The display, by artist Olya Brener, is just one of the 67
artists featured in the exhibition. Israeli Glass 2011 opened on July 15 and
features glass work by new and experienced Israeli artists in the past four
years. “We wanted to show how glass can behave, the different languages of glass
and what paths of expression one can find in glass.
It is such a
versatile material and it has its own morphology. It can be liquid and it can be
hard, harder than stone; it can be transparent or colorful,” says Henrietta
Eliezer Brunner, curator of glass at the museum. The artists were given no
specific subject for the exhibition, just the opportunity to propose what they
find interesting about the material. The difference between this exhibition and
Israeli Glass 2007, explains Brunner, is that she was looking for “a fresh new
look” in terms of glass work in Israel.
Some artists have been featured
in both shows.“It is really an artistic field that has only developed in recent
years in Israel. In other countries glass, has already been highly developed,”
she says. All the pieces on display are made of at least part glass, but many of
the artists come from many different backgrounds and artistic fields, including
painting, sculpture, jewelry design and textile design.
with little formal art education, found art later in life, after graduating from
Westpoint Military Academy in the US. He explains his attraction to the
material. “The color of glass is deep. When light comes through glass, it adds
another dimension, which I find fascinating. I really got to love glass, and I
thought that I could express myself in it.”
According to the exhibition
catalogue, “Almost all known glass-working processes are illustrated in various
combinations, as well as interdisciplinary crossover in a wide assortment of
technique and media” are featured in the exhibit.
The artists “took
chances because they wanted to elevate themselves. I am really impressed with
the amazing progress I have seen in the past four years,” says Brunner.