“Unresolved (Issues): New Glass from Israel” Exhibition


poster for “Unresolved (Issues): New Glass from Israel” Exhibition
[Image: Li Chen and Gregori Zilber "Broken Relationships" (2017) video still.]

This event has ended.

Curated by Jennifer-Navva Milliken

“Unresolved”: A word used to describe a situation that lacks certainty or finality, a status still open for examination or processing. Unresolved issues, residing deep in the psyche, haunt and obscure cognition, impacting judgment and undermining attempts to cultivate relationships. For artists and makers, however, an unresolved issue—a skill that needs mastering or an idea that needs refining—can be the driving force in the process of creation, catalyzing critical decisions that test an artist’s technical and conceptual acuity.

Unresolved (Issues) considers an artist’s evolving relationship with a specific material—glass—in parallel to its history in a region whose contemporary identity remains unresolved. Researching ancient and contemporary practice in the material of glass in and around Israel is a complex endeavor. Due to the wealth of sand and soda found along the eastern edge of the Mediterranean coastline, some of the earliest sites of glass-centered production were sited here, spawning multiple, diverging timelines and varying influences. From the early experiments documented by Pliny, Josephus, and Tacitus dating back more than 2,000 years, to dynastic practice by a Palestinian family in Hebron that continues to this day, the glass industry in this small but focal part of the Middle East has waxed and waned along with the civilizations that rose and fell upon its sands. How does this complicated history impact a new, globally oriented generation of glass artists whose work is physically built upon the archaeological, political, and cultural strata that lies beneath it?

Following hundreds of years of engagement and the development of a present-day international community of glass artists, an examination of “place” seems extraneous and provincial. And yet, at a time when glass as an art medium is gaining traction among artists in Israel due in part to digital documentation, social media, and international exchange, the ancient history of glass in the region provides a fertile backdrop for a study of the contemporary practices taking shape.

Resolution, and the lack of it, is a part of the artistic process. Parallel to this are the existential questions surrounding the past, present, and future of Israel. Reflected in the glass that binds these works together in space, Unresolved (Issues) creates room for a necessary and critical contemplation of the issues facing this region.

Alexandra Ben-Abba, Always on Our Plate, performance, ongoing.

About the Curator

Jennifer-Navva Milliken is an independent curator and writer who strives to connect people, media, and ideas in new and surprising ways, as demonstrated in her latest exhibitions Humaira Abid: Searching for Home and Electric Coffin: Future Machine. Her approach was honed during her work at renowned arts institutions, among them The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Most recently, she served as Curator of Craft at Seattle’s noted Bellevue Arts Museum, where she broadened the museum’s exhibitions program to include in-depth explorations of contemporary practices among designers and makers in projects such as The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest; Atoms + Bytes: Redefining Craft in the Digital Age; and BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis. Exhibition catalogues include The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest; Foreign Body: Giving Jewelry a Second Look, and a forthcoming book examining recent work by Pakistani-American artist Humaira Abid. Other publications include essays for Shows and Tales—On Jewelry Exhibition Making (Art Jewelry Forum), ARCADE magazine, and Domus (Israel), as well as essays for monographs on the work of a number of artists. Milliken, who studied at Western Washington University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, lives in New York and Tel Aviv.

About the Artists

Miri Admoni
An artist who creates in direct response to the natural world, Admoni makes work as both a jeweler and sculptor, and credits the landscape south of Israel—where she previously had a studio—as a source of inspiration for her practice. Admoni currently lives and works in Selma, Oregon.

Alexandra Ben-Abba
Originally trained in glass and ceramics, Alexandra Ben-Abba employs performance, video and interactive installation as means to engage with process. The relationships explored in her time-based practice touch upon the uncertainty, aggression and helplessness often felt during times of conflict. Her work and performances have been presented by venues including A.I. R. Gallery, Dorsky Curatorial Program, and the RISD Museum. Ben-Abba received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Ben-Abba lives and works in New York City.

Ghiora Aharoni
A graduate of Yale University, Aharoni’s artwork and art installations have been exhibited in New York, Europe and India. The artist’s work can be found in the permanent collection of The Pompidou Center in Paris and was featured in the 2017 Jerusalem Biennale. His solo exhibition, The Road to Sanchi, is on view at The Rubin Museum from November 17, 2017 through October 15, 2018. Aharoni lives and works in New York City.

Roi Carmeli
Roi Cermeli holds an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art and an MFA and a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. The artist’s work has been presented in exhibitions around the world at venues including the Project Room (Glasgow), Eretz Israel Museum, and the Royal Scottish Academy. Carmeli lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

Nirit Dekel
Working in both jewelry and sculpture, Nirit Dekel began her career as an artist upon leaving her previous career in technology. Her wearable pieces are sold in galleries and museums around the world. Nirit lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Dafna Kaffeman
Dafna Kaffeman is a Senior Lecturer at the Glass and Ceramics Department at Bezalel Art Academy. She holds a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and an MFA from the Sandberg Instituut. She has had solo exhibitions at venues including the Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco and lorch+siedel, Berlin, and the American University Museum, DC. Kaffeman lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Li Chen and Gregori Zilber
Li Chen Berlinsky and Gregori Zilber both received their BFAs from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in the Department of Ceramics & Glass Design. Their work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Tel Aviv.

Featuring the work of Miri Admoni, Ghiora Aharoni, Alexandra Ben-Abba, Roi Carmeli, Li Chen, Nirit Dekel, Dafna Kaffeman, Shahaf Predilailo, and Gregori Zilber.



from March 21, 2018 to May 05, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-03-21 from 18:00 to 20:00

  • Facebook


    All content on this site is © their respective owner(s).
    New York Art Beat (2008) - About - Contact - Privacy - Terms of Use