Reflections on Translucence
31 May - 30 July 2018

Following the ‘Edge to Edge’ show in 2016, Studio Fusion Gallery have invited Tamar De Vries Winter and Adi Toch to collaborate and co-curate another themed exhibition featuring different methodologies and approaches in craft.

Light is a primary tool in the creative process, whether through the engagement with colour or the investigation of form and texture.

How does light change the way we perceive an object when it is diffused, reflective, glowing, luminous?

Artists from various disciplines­­ – metal, ceramic, glass and jewellery – have been invited to join the dialogue and explore these themes through their own work. We present work that explores, questions, and plays with tangible or conceptual expressions of translucence.

Participating artists are: Vered Kaminski, Nicholas Lees, Max Warren, Edmond Byrne, Adi Toch, and Tamar de Vries Winter

Vered Kaminski follows a mathematical approach and often focuses on detail and pattern, creating delicately intricate wearable wire structures. She is a professor at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and has been invited as a guest lecturer to many academies around the world. Her work is held in numerous public collections including the Chicago’s Spertus Museum, the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum and the Jewish Museum of New York.

Nicholas Lees describes his materials as porcelain, space and light. What is seen and understood of solidity and materiality shifts according to relationships of object and viewer. Nicholas has won prestigious awards and exhibits internationally. His work is held in public collections including York Art Gallery, Westerwald Keremikmuseum in Germany, Royal Caribbean International, and the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza.

Max Warren‘s work is informed by digital culture but is often produced using traditional silversmithing techniques. He employs engraving to cut through silver plating on found objects, revealing the different metal underneath. Max’s work has been acquired by several major public collections, including The V&A Museum, the Goldsmiths’ Company, and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. He is a Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College, BA (Hons) Jewellery Design.

Edmond Byrne’s recent research in glass examines the metameric phenomenon: when two individual colours appear indistinguishable to the human eye, their difference revealed with a change in ambient light. Edmond followed his Masters degree from the Royal College of Art with hands on experience, working for the Dale Chihuly glass blowing team in the United States. He currently teaches at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK.

The practice of metalsmith Adi Toch centres on making engaging vessels and objects that investigate colour, movement and tactility. Her work is exhibited internationally and included in major public collections such as The V&A, National Museums Scotland, National Museum of Wales, and the Jewish Museum, New York. Adi has won prestigious awards including a 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award. She is a lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, at The Cass in London and at Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem.

Using traditional and contemporary processes of enamelling, Tamar De Vries Winter treasures personal memory, ceremonial practices, and the preservation of heritage. Her work is included in the collections of The V&A Museum, National Museums Scotland, the Jewish Museum in New York, and the Jewish Museum in London. In addition to teaching in the UK and abroad, Tamar is a co-director of Studio Fusion, a gallery dedicated to contemporary vitreous enamel.


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