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TRANSIT – Contemporary Jewelry from Israel

Exhibition  /  14 Jun 2012  -  12 Aug 2012
Published: 27.06.2012
The Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus
Shirley Bar-Amotz. Brooch: Weed, 2011. Copper, silver, epoxy, synthetic pearl. Photo: Boaz Nobelman. Shirley Bar-Amotz
Brooch: Weed, 2011
Copper, silver, epoxy, synthetic pearl
Photo: Boaz Nobelman
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Intro
The exhibition shows the diversity of Israel’s current art jewelry scene. Jewelry that speaks a language of its own that cannot be found in any European country.

Artist list

Anat Aboucaya Grozovski, Ella Wolf, Attai Chen, Shirly Bar-Amotz,   Ido Noy, Rory Hooper, Maya Dekel, Michal Oren, Gregory Larin, Edda Vardimon Gudnason, Deganit Stern Schocken, Dana Hakim, Einat Leader, Galya Rosenfeld, Tehila Levi Hyndman, Kobi Roth, Michal Bar-On Shaish, Vered Kaminski
The exhibition displays nearly 200 works by 18 contemporary artists from Israel in the Gold Hall of the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau. Curated by Jürgen Eickhoff, the exhibition provides an overview of the diversity in the country’s current art jewelry scene.

Jewelry art from Israel was last shown in a larger presentation in Germany in 1978. On the one hand, art jewelry in Israel has changed greatly in the last three decades because of new technical possibilities and materials. On the other, severity and simplicity as well as imaginative ornamental design still play an important role. Then as now, neither glamour nor excessive magnificence are significant.

The show is organized into four thematic groups: “Landscape, Environment, Recycling,” “Conflict,” “Social Protest,” and “Technique.”

Israel’s singular landscape or nature’s growth and decline are an important source of inspiration for Anat Aboucaya Grozovski, Ella Wolf, Attai Chen, and Shirly Bar-Amotz. In contrast, Ido Noy, Rory Hooper and Maya Dekel have devoted themselves to the manifestations of urban environments.

In numerous works, the political situation of the region is reflected. Various artists chose themes such as war, terror, pain, trauma, fear, and loss (Attai Chen, Michal Oren, Gregory Larin, Edda Vardimon Gudnason, Deganit Stern Schocken, and Dana Hakim). The works by Einat Leader, Galya Rosenfeld and Tehila Levi Hyndman deal with social protest. Also shown are pieces that especially express artistic technical methods (Kobi Roth, Michal Bar-On Shaish, Deganit Stern Schocken, and Vered Kaminski). The materials utilized are mostly unpretentious, ranging from silver to wood or recycled paper; gold and precious stones are hardly in use. As colors, gray and brown tones dominate, while bright colors can be found particularly in works with enamel, epoxy resin, and found items. Most of the jewelry works are not seductive in the common sense, but a few stand out with a poetic beauty, while the charm of others lies in their seemingly unfinished appearance.

The Israeli jewelry of the avant-garde speaks a language of its own that cannot be found in any European country. An opportunity to explore this language is provided by the exhibition now in Hanau. The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of State of Israel and by EUNIQUE, the international trade fair for applied art and design in Karlsruhe.
Attai Chen. Brooch: Untitled, 2008. Olive wood, stainless steel. Attai, ChenBrooch: 2008Olive wood, stainless steel. Attai Chen
Brooch: Untitled, 2008
Olive wood, stainless steel


Attai, Chen
Brooch: 2008
Olive wood, stainless steel

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Ido Noy. Ring: TLV City, 2010. Copper, brass, silver, gold, steel cable. Photo: Ido Noy. Ido Noy
Ring: TLV City, 2010
Copper, brass, silver, gold, steel cable
Photo: Ido Noy
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Michal Oren. Brooch: Tank, 2001. Silver. Photo: Michal Oren. Michal Oren
Brooch: Tank, 2001
Silver
Photo: Michal Oren
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Vered Kaminsky. Earrings: Soap Bubbles, 2011. Silver, stainless steel. Vered Kaminsky
Earrings: Soap Bubbles, 2011
Silver, stainless steel
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Tehila Levi Hyndman. Tiara: Barbarian, 2011. Brass. Tehila Levi Hyndman
Tiara: Barbarian, 2011
Brass
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Michal Bar-on-Shaish. Brooch: Wire to Net, 2011. Silver, ajour email. Michal Bar-on-Shaish
Brooch: Wire to Net, 2011
Silver, ajour email
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Anat Aboucaya Grozovski. Brooch: Untitled, 2011. Silver, found, metal, laminated map, matches. Anat, Aboucaya GrozovskiBrooch: 2011Silver, found, metal, laminated map, matchesPhoto: Etienne Boisrond. Anat Aboucaya Grozovski
Brooch: Untitled, 2011
Silver, found, metal, laminated map, matches


Anat, Aboucaya Grozovski
Brooch: 2011
Silver, found, metal, laminated map, matches
Photo: Etienne Boisrond
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Dana Hakim. Pin: # 17, 2011. Iron net, rubber gloves, paint, tape, reflectors. Photo: Yosef Bercovich. Dana Hakim
Pin: # 17, 2011
Iron net, rubber gloves, paint, tape, reflectors
Photo: Yosef Bercovich
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Deganit Star Shocks. Neckpiece: Heaven on Earth, 2008. Tank run over drinks cans, gems. Deganit Star Shocks
Neckpiece: Heaven on Earth, 2008
Tank run over drinks cans, gems
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