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Vered Babai: A Change Of Seasons

Exhibition  /  21 Sep 2013  -  13 Oct 2013
Published: 30.08.2013
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Intro
The silversmith works presented in Vered Babai's exhibition lead us in the footsteps of that voyage from nature to culture, with an apparent obedience to Rousseau's imaginary dictum: "Remember Nature!". The works derive their inspiration from the poetic beauty of nature, and especially from vegetative beauty, that of organic growth with its abundance of serpentine and grille shapes.

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Vered Babai
It was the Genevan thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau who mourned the unprecedented loss involved in the shift from nature to culture. Nature, so he thought, withholds truth and beauty, while culture is nothing but hypocrisy and artifice, and therefore corrupts the values of nature. That shift from nature to culture is a necessity needed for human common existence, but it must be carried out with preservation of much of the values of nature. This view is apparent in Rousseau's thought on education and politics, as well as on art.

It seems that the silversmith works presented in Vered Babai's exhibition – titled "A Change of Seasons" – lead us in the footsteps of that voyage from nature to culture, with an apparent obedience to Rousseau's imaginary dictum: "Remember Nature!". The works derive their inspiration from the poetic beauty of nature, and especially from vegetative beauty, that of organic growth with its abundance of serpentine and grille shapes.

In that voyage, several stages can be observed: The first stage is manifested in the fragile wooden bracelets and rings, made of branches and twigs, which preserve natural beauty with the help of a minor craftwork intervention, that of their coiling around a bracelet and a bezel mandrel. Babai weaves the branches and twigs she randomly collects into a circular shape, which is one of the most primal geometrical shapes. In that fashion she creates strikingly beautiful artificial objects that are still on the verge of the natural. This beauty is not a new beauty, but rather, a natural beauty made conspicuous through a simple act of craftwork.

The next stage is manifested in works produced in a casting technique, in which with the help of a plaster mould Babai exchanges in an exact rate of one to one combusted organic material with melted silver. In that way, the artificial replaces the natural while preserving the imprint of its shape. In the last stage Babai deserts the natural altogether, but still imitates its shapes and contours with the help of metal substitutes generating an impressive array of rings, bracelets and necklaces. The organic shapes appearing in this body of work include the straight and the circular line; fractal structures of clusters and bunches, as well as ramifications and sub-ramifications depicting organic growth.

All in all, it seems that the beauty of the exhibited objects stems precisely from the preservation of the delicate dialectics between nature and culture, made explicit in the works. In that sense, Babai's craftwork culminates to a constant search after that delicate point, whose actual existence could be questioned at any given time, in which the act of silversmithing – as a distinct act of culture – succeeds in hosting the natural in various artificial shapes and materials without dismantling it from its charms.

This aesthetic achievement rises up one of the urgent questions of our times; that of the fate of nature, which is being extinct on a daily basis. Some will even go as far as to say, that nowadays nothing can no longer be considered as purely natural, and that each thing presenting itself as such is actually artificial. No doubt Babai is quite aware of this argument, but she still manages to preserve nature in her craft, even as a spirit, a spirit that is embodied in the artifact while presenting the natural only as a memory.

Dr. Dror Pimentel
History and Theory Department
Bezalel Academy for Art and Design Jerusalem

Remarks

Opening: September 21 2013 form 14:00 to 20:00

Opening hours
Wed - Sat: 14:00 pm - 19:00 pm

This exhibition is taking part in the "Circuits Bijoux" project : www.circuitsbijoux.com
The artist will be present in the gallery on September 21 and 22
Vered Babai. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Silver. 3 x 2.5 x 0.8 cm. photo: Eli Gross. Vered Babai
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Silver
3 x 2.5 x 0.8 cm
photo: Eli Gross
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Vered Babai. Object: Untitled, 2013. Silver. 15 x 1.3 x 0.2 cm each. photo: Eli Gross. Vered Babai
Object: Untitled, 2013
Silver
15 x 1.3 x 0.2 cm each
photo: Eli Gross
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Vered Babai. Object: Untitled, 2013. Silver. 9.5 x 4 x 1.5 cm each. photo: Eli Gross. Vered Babai
Object: Untitled, 2013
Silver
9.5 x 4 x 1.5 cm each
photo: Eli Gross
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Vered Babai. Pendant: Untitled, 2013. Silver. 9 x 3 x 2.5 cm & 10 x 2.5 x 2 cm. photo: Eli Gross. Vered Babai
Pendant: Untitled, 2013
Silver
9 x 3 x 2.5 cm & 10 x 2.5 x 2 cm
photo: Eli Gross
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Vered Babai. Bracelet: Untitled, 2013. Silver. 7 x 8 x 1.2 cm. photo: Eli Gross. Vered Babai
Bracelet: Untitled, 2013
Silver
7 x 8 x 1.2 cm
photo: Eli Gross
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Vered Babai. Ring: Untitled, 2013. Silver. 3.5 x 2.3 x 2 cm. photo: Eli Gross. Vered Babai
Ring: Untitled, 2013
Silver
3.5 x 2.3 x 2 cm
photo: Eli Gross
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Vered Babai. Bracelet: Untitled, 2013. Found branches. 15 x 15 x 6 cm. photo: Vered Babai . Vered Babai
Bracelet: Untitled, 2013
Found branches
15 x 15 x 6 cm
photo: Vered Babai
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Vered Babai. Bracelet: Untitled, 2012. Found branches. 10 x 10 x 5 cm. photo: Vered Babai . Vered Babai
Bracelet: Untitled, 2012
Found branches
10 x 10 x 5 cm
photo: Vered Babai
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Vered Babai. Bracelet: Untitled, 2012. Found branches. 9 x 9 x 3 cm. photo: Vered Babai . Vered Babai
Bracelet: Untitled, 2012
Found branches
9 x 9 x 3 cm
photo: Vered Babai
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Vered Babai. Ring: Untitled, 2012. Found branches. 6 x 4 x 2.5 cm. photo: Vered Babai . Vered Babai
Ring: Untitled, 2012
Found branches
6 x 4 x 2.5 cm
photo: Vered Babai
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Vered Babai. Bracelet: Untitled, 2011. Found branch. 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.4 cm. photo: Vered Babai . Vered Babai
Bracelet: Untitled, 2011
Found branch
8.5 x 8.5 x 0.4 cm
photo: Vered Babai
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