Event DetailsMarch 21, 2018 – May 5, 2018
UrbanGlass647 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY, United States
Featuring the work of: Miri Admoni, Alexandra Ben-Abba, Ghiora Aharoni, Roi Carmeli, Nirit Dekel, Dafna Kaffeman, Li Chen and Gregori Zilber, and Shahaf Predilailo and Gregori Zilber. Curated by Jennifer-Navva Milliken.
Opening reception: March 21, 6 – 8 pm
“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.
The exhibition 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 that are the existential questions surrounding the past, present, and future of Israel. Unresolved (Issues) creates room for contemplation of these questions in the gallery, reflected in the glass that binds them together in this exhibition.