Chained Apart is an exhibition of international contemporary jewellery works by Coral Cohen, Lucie Gledhill, Heela Harel, Liana Pattihis, Einat Primo and Maud Traon showing at Gallery Complete, Tel Aviv.
OPENING: THURSDAY 11TH AUGUST 2011, 7PM
DURATION: 11TH AUGUST – 21ST OCTOBER 2011
Coral Cohen lives and works in Tel Aviv. She graduated from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv in 2010 and in the year since has participated in exhibitions both in Israel and abroad including The Private Life of Sculpture at the Traver Gallery, Seattle. Consume is Cohen’s new collection of one-off rings and brooches where the mechanical mass-produced chain is chewed-up and then disgorged, turning it back into the decorative feature. Her jewellery is skillfully made and fuses the macabre with the idea of growth and decay resulting in playful, beautiful yet often sinister jewellery / craft sculptures.
Lucie Gledhill is a jewellery designer from London. She studied at the Royal College of Art in 2007-2009 where she developed her passion for chain and love for jewellery-making processes as an experiential medium of expression. With conceptual art influences, her Chain of Thought collection links together handmade solid silver components and the exploration of scale and form. As her work has developed she finds herself drawn to manipulating mass-produced chain to create clean lines and smooth shapes, all the while finding gradual inspiration from the physical act of making.
Heela Harel lives and works in Florentine, Tel Aviv and is a 2006 graduate of Fashion Design at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv. In her years since college she has continued her career in design and has maintained work both in film and production as well as a fashion writer in Ha’ir magazine and columnist in Rating magazine. Her new collection #1 of neon thread and ‘frozen’ linked chain is her first jewellery ensemble from her accessories label Hi! Her work is graphic in nature and is inspired by her travel influences and is an extension of her eclectic career.
Liana Pattihis is from Cyprus and since 1980 has lived and worked in London. Her art jewellery stretches the boundaries of what can be achieved with enamel as a medium. With her own unique method of sifting and fusing enamel on a movable base, she often uses silver and gold chain to make necklaces and brooches which ultimately cannot be pre-conceived; each piece is allowed to create itself. In the years since she graduated from Middlesex University in 2007 she has made astounding works for many exhibitions around the world including SOFA (represented by Charon Kransen Arts) and continues to rewrite her signature style and expertise with enamel.
Einat Primo is from Israel and currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. She has participated in a number of contemporary jewellery shows at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv and won the 1989 Shapiro prize for Judaica during her Jewellery and Metalwork studies at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem between 1987 and 1991. Her work is a curious combination of symbols, texture and motif often resulting in ambiguous forms of jewellery; she crosses boundaries between craft, bead work and metalwork often using pixels and dots to draw and imitate traditional forms or motifs found in popular culture. Her chains follow the pattern of ribbons in their flexibility and take on the form of links in the their repetitive sequences.
Maud Traon is from France and is a leading international artist in her field of art jewellery. She is an award winner for pushing boundaries in jewellery design and has gained extensive academic and institutional acclaim for her avant-garde designs with her colourful, oversized rings-as-sculptures. Often using ready-made and throwaway plastic toys and glitter, she explores the mixing-together of consumable materials and the idea of longevity inherent in jewellery to produce provocative and seductive objects. Recently selling work at Collect 2011 at the Saatchi Gallery and showcasing in the Electrum Gallery shop window installation project this summer in London, her work is continuing to grow in the UK and France predominantly. La Misere Serait Moins Penible au Soleil (Misery Would Be Less Painful in the Sun) is the title of one of her pieces exhibited in Chained Apart and shows her playful poetic license, merging together mass-produced junk with ideals of beauty and artistically crafting scenarios with unexpected materials.
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