Experimentation drives Omer Arbel’s art and design practice. He manipulates basic materials by applying heat, force, pressure, electricity, or movement to achieve surprising results.
Particles for the Built World focuses on Arbel’s experiments with concrete over the past five years. What if we poured concrete into fabric forms rather than plywood boxes or tube columns used in most building construction? The astonishing results are on display in this exhibit. “My intention is to develop a way of working with concrete that acknowledges its liquid nature and yields expressive form,” he says. “These new methods could have significant practical and sculptural ramifications to the construction industry.”
The exhibit begins with the material research phase of Arbel’s process, showing a large fabric-cast concrete object spliced into nine 14 inch wide sections. The cuts are a way of allowing the viewer’s imagination (and his own) to understand the amorphous shapes resulting from the technique of fabric forming, as if with x-ray vision.
Celebrate the launch of Omer Arbel: Particles for the Built World at our opening reception where Arbel will be part of an artist conversation with Gallery Curator Jordan Strom.