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Ariel Lavian sees beauty wherever he may go. He collects objects he happens to find, whenever he recognizes the material’s potential. Beyond creating a merely decorative object, Lavian uses his highly personal material language for this process, enabling him as an artist-researcher to raise a dialogue regarding ideas and concepts close to his heart. The pieces in the exhibition are taken from eight separate series. The spectator experiences them as a journey through an imaginary universe created in a difficult-to-decipher era. The forms and shapes that emerge appear at once familiar and alien, mysterious, speculative, stimulating to the senses. The worlds he generates raise questions about the range between the natural and the artificial, preservation and disintegration, the arbitrary and the intentional, life in the present and that of the future. Using small-scale objects, Lavian succeeds in communicating a vigorous and thought-provoking scope of ideas and feelings. He knowingly chooses to create jewelry that will not necessarily stand the test of time, with the ephemeral awareness that, in the world of infinite matter he inhabits, life continues on beyond itself.

Title: 
Material World - Solo Exhibition by Ariel Lavian - Catalog
Author(s): 
Ariel lavian, Vered Babai
Artist(s): 
Ariel Lavian
Publication Year: 
2018
Institution: 
Geological Museum, Israel
Discipline: 
Contemporary Jewelry, Design
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