'Soma' renders glass in a new light

The Assia Gallery at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has been transformed into an intimate sanctuary providing a modern contemplative environment.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
November 12, 2008 12:39
'Soma' renders glass in a new light

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The Assia Gallery at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has been transformed into an intimate sanctuary providing a modern contemplative environment in a preternaturally quiet ambience. After five years of research, what began as a fragile web of glass culminated in an installation of architectural scope entitled "Soma." Ayala Serfaty's latest project is not a single light sculpture but an entire cluster: an installation of 24 Soma light sculptures in a darkened room. The stunning and complex construction challenges the notion of the fragility of glass, showcasing the incredible strength in structural adhesions. The Soma installation initially brings to mind an expanse of translucent moss or a bank of fog hovering over the floor; however, it is a representation of nature in its most abstract form. It is built with thousands of glass filaments encased in a polymer membrane-like web, It was created in collaboration with glass artists Eytan Hall and Anna Gautier. The exhibit opens tomorrow and will be on display until January 31.

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