13 September- 20 October 2019

MATERIAL MOVEMENT is a collaborative exhibition featuring four internationally acclaimed artists, each working in a different discipline: Ceramics, Jewellery,

Painting and Silversmithing. All four artists share a common language through their creative process, each exploring the concept of movement and how this informs their own practice.

Curated by Naama Haneman, the exhibition attempts to highlight how movement can be interpreted in very different ways when creating artworks and when working in a wide variety of materials. We are encouraged to reflect not only on how movement can have a different meaning for each artist but also on how it is used and perceived by them.

Gareth Jones is a painter working in acrylic and dry media.  His work is driven by thoughts and experiences of place and space and ideas that evolve during the process of painting. “My aim is to produce work that will affect the viewer in a different way over a period of time (a kind of movement). The Materials and their movement underpin and drive the making.  Almost as if they possess expressive guile.  The conception of work can start with ideas of what might happen on the paper, the flow of the paint, its mixing interaction with the substrate and mediums takes on a role in the making-part of the process of making is to enable this”.

Naama Haneman sculpts in metal and lets emotions and movement guide the end result, creating expressive vessels which often look like they have been made from a very soft material like clay. Functionality is not an important part of her practice despite her choice of form which suggests containing something inside. “As an artist metalsmith, I believe creating in metal identical to creating in clay:  I see metal as a soft and flexible material that listens to my hands. I work intuitively and like to ‘freeze’ moments in the making in order to show them in the final piece.  I am inspired by the juxtaposition of order and chaos, that coexist in nature.”

Ria Lins is a jewellery artist inspired by our adaptability to the diversity of society and tries to reflect this in her body of work. Her aim is to create the right kind of movement when the work is worn. Her fluid pieces made in silver and gold that often employ traditional sowing and needlecraft techniques convey a sense of rhythm and calm. “My jewellery is extremely tactile and soft.  The pieces feel like fabric and the way they move quite unique and special. For me, the use of silver is rather coincidental.  Its weight helps me achieve the beautiful wavy movement in my necklaces.”

Tal Batit is a ceramic designer whose works emphasise two kinds of movement through time and material.  By mixing current making methods with traditional ones, he achieves a distinct postmodernist flair with his quirky creations. “My pieces reflect how our past and our future stands together in structural harmony. The works convey the juxtaposition between ancient forms and computer-generated shapes, between textures (matt and shiny, rough and smooth), as well as between colours (the natural red clay and the bright saturated colours coating the white clay). Each vase is assembled by two halves: one half made of terracotta in a familiar ancient shape, whilst the other half made in white clay, the result of using 3D software to create a Non-natural shape”.

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