Carmel Ilan

(Israel -)


Biography

Carmel Ilan was born in Jerusalem. A graduate of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Israel, with an MA from Parsons School of Design, New York, she worked as a textile and furniture designer. After graduating from the Basis School of Art, she engaged in sculpture, and today works exclusively with paper. Ilan has participated in many exhibitions in Israel, and in recent years has staged solo exhibitions in Moscow and Tokyo.

Ilan’s striking works do not fall into the conventional categories of painting or sculpture, but rather lie somewhere in-between. Her flickering landscapes consist of dense rows of paper which she folds and fastens via laborious, patient work. The continuous lines that run along the work combined with the changing hues of the paper scraps, elicit a sense of constant motion. The borders between image and background, between the real and its silhouette, dissolve, and the alternately enhanced and fading coloration emphasizes the sense of transience.

The images seem to grow within a field of folded paper extracted from journals and books. Their reading becomes observation. Paper scraps which were once a tree resume being forest images, thereby preserving the sense of cyclical growth imprinted in their material memory. The works convey the affinities and interrelations between all that exists. The tree is made of “non-tree” elements: air, water, and earth. The boat has no independent existence without the sea, and all of these would not exist without our consciousness.

Ilan’s work is meditative. Her rhythm sweeps her into total practice. She weaves her images, which sprout and dissolve amid the paper folds, still unbound by fixed, concrete form. Coloration is also obtained within the monochrome; text becomes texture. For Ilan, the ability to endure the eternal permutations of the material and the images openly and attentively is the essence: “No man’s land is the place for me; a place without clear borders to define and delimit it. This is where I feel at ease, with no commas no full stops.”

The images in her works are inspired by nature; some are clear-cut, others abstract, but even the familiar image is charged with broader meaning, acquiring a rhythmic dimension and a sense of passage through time in her works. The unraveled edges of the paper remind us how fragile and gentle the paper is, and of its inevitable perishing.

Observation of the works requires time to absorb all their nuances. Ilan endeavors to slow time down, possibly even stop it altogether in both the process of creation and the experience of observation, to touch upon a timeless point which is, in fact, a continuous present. It is a moment in which knowledge rests within the endless space of the unknown, free from attachment, as a memory gradually dissolving in the distance. (Text by Shir Meller-Yamaguchi / Wilfrid Israel Museum).

Exhibition


SHIRLEY SHOR
CRYPTOMANIA
NOV 30, 2017 - JAN 1, 2018
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YIGAL OZERI
THE STORM
OCT 19 - NOV 24, 2017

GROUP SHOW
TOP OF THE POP
SEP 14 - OCT 13, 2017

GROUP SHOW
SUMMER SHOW 17
AUG 8 - SEP 17, 2017

PHILIPPE PASQUA
MEMENTO MORI
JUN 8 - JUL 28, 2017

KOBI ASSAF
DIS-PLAY
APR 21 - MAY 14, 2017

GROUP SHOW
APRIL 2017
APR 21 - MAY 26, 2017

GROUP SHOW
MARCH 2017
MAR 10 - APR 14, 2017

DANA ZALTZMAN
SOLO SHOW
JAN 19 - MAR 5, 2017

GROUP SHOW
ALTERNATIVE
JAN 19 - MAR 5, 2017

ROGER BALLEN
THE THEATRE OF APPARITIONS
DEC 22, 2016 - JAN 17, 2017

GROUP SHOW
HOMECOMING
DEC 22, 2016 - JAN 17, 2017

BAR FROM & ANAT ROZENSON BEN-HUR
SITE SPECIFIC
NOV 3 - DEC 9, 2016

YUVAL YAIRI
SURVEYOR
SEP 15 - OCT 26, 2016

MICHAL BARATZ KOREN
MAYNE TAYERE
SEP 15 - OCT 23, 2016

ERAN SHAKINE
LOOKING AT YOU / TALKING TO MYSELF
JUL 7 - SEP 2, 2016
Orit Hofshi: Beacon
ORIT HOFSHI
BEACON
MAY 19 - JUN 26, 2016

GROUP SHOW
SPRING BREAK
APR 20 - MAY 18, 2016

JONATHAN GOLDMAN
BACK TO SHORE
MAR 2 - APR 8, 2016

GROUP SHOW
TOPOGRAPHY
MAR 3 - APR 15, 2016
Zemack Contemporary Art
GROUP SHOW
40,30,20
JAN 8, 2015 - FEB 19, 2016

PIET VAN DEN BOOG
THE ALCHEMIST
NOV 26 - DEC 25, 2015

YIGAL OZERI
PAINTING THROUGH A LENS
OCT 8 - NOV 20, 2015

RONEN RAZ
SILVER PHARM
AUG 13 - SEP 4, 2015

GROUP SHOW
SUMMER SHOW 15
JUL 16 - AUG 11, 2015

ORIT AKTA HILDESHEIM
DON’T MENTION THE ROPE…
JUN 4 - JUL 2, 2015

SPECIAL PROJECT
STUDIOS
MAR 27 - APR 24, 2015

GROUP SHOW
COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS
APR 30 - MAY 20, 2015

GROUP SHOW
CONCRETE FANTASY
FEB 26 - MAR 26, 2015

LEE YANOR
ROOMS
JAN 3 - FEB 20, 2015

ILAN BARUCH
SOLO EXHIBITION
OCT 30 - DEC 26, 2014

LEONID BALAKAV
ONE MAN SHOW
OCT 30 - DEC 26, 2014

KOBI ASSAF
ELSE-WHERE
SEP 18 - OCT 24, 2014

LIRON KROLL
SAND BOX
JUL 17 - AUG 14, 2014

ANGELIKA SHER
FIFTH COLUMN
JUN 5 - JUL 4, 2014

ERAN SHAKINE
GRAFFITIGIRL
MAY 2 - 30, 2014

ARAM GERSHUNI
JUST LOOKING
APR 4 - MAY 1, 2014

TSIBI GEVA
BALATA HEAD
FEB 27 - MAR 28, 2014

FATMA SHANAN
CARPET- PLACE
FEB 27 - MAR 28, 2014

GROUP SHOW
ZEMACK’S 3RD BIRTHDAY
JAN 10 - FEB 15, 2014

OFER LELLOUCHE
NINE
NOV 14, 2013 - JAN 7, 2014

YUVAL YAIRI
LAND
OCT 10 - NOV 8, 2013

GROUP SHOW
ONE ONE ONE – GRADUATE SHOW 2013
AUG 15 - OCT 1, 2013

VIK MUNIZ
SELECTED WORKS
JUN 20 - AUG 1, 2013

JAN RAUCHWERGER
HAR-TZION / CHACHMEI ISRAEL
MAY 2 - JUN 9, 2013

EUGENE LEMAY
LETTERS
APR 11 - 27, 2013

ELIE SHAMIR
KFAR YEHOSHUA
FEB 14 - MAR 30, 2013

PHILIPPE PASQUA
RE:LIFE
NOV 15, 2012 - JAN 1, 2013

ANGELIKA SHER
HISTORY OF THE BEAUTY
SEP 18 - OCT 26, 2012

BEZALEL GRADUATES
DEPARTMENT OF PHOTOGRAPHY
AUG 23 - SEP 14, 2012

GROUP SHOW
SUMMER SHOW 12
JUL 10 - SEP 1, 2012

OFER LELLOUCHE
ATELIER
MAY 24 - JUL 1, 2012

ERAN SHAKINE
SUNNY SIDE UP
APR 27 - MAY 18, 2012

GROUP SHOW
2012
MAR 15 - APR 15, 2012

ANNE BEN-OR
THE INTIMATE ROOM
MAR 15 - APR 15, 2012

LEE YANOR
COME DANCE WITH ME
JAN 12 - FEB 29, 2012

YIGAL OZERI
TERRITORY
OCT 27 - DEC 15, 2011

OSVALDO ROMBERG
SOLO EXHIBITION
SEP 15 - OCT 21, 2011

GROUP SHOW
VENICE MÉMOIRE
AUG 18 - SEP 15, 2011

ERAN SHAKINE
“GOOD HELP IS HARD TO FIND…”
JUN 23 - JUL 31, 2011

YUVAL YAIRI
WORK
APR 28 - JUN 17, 2011

JAN RAUCHWERGER
PASTEL ON PAPER
MAR 17 - APR 24, 2011

GROUP SHOW
SHVARTZE VILDE HAYA
FEB 28 - MAR 15, 2011

GROUP SHOW
PURITY & DANGER
DEC 23, 2010 - FEB 23, 2011