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Chen Taoz: Light Texture

Solo exhibition at the Vitrina Gallery 2022-2023, curated by Dr. Dalia Manor

In her first solo exhibition, Chen Taoz presents two groups of works dedicated to lighting encountering other materials, hard and soft. Taoz designs lighting sculptures ordered by interior designers, architects, companies and other clients, while at the same time creating independent works at her studio. These works expand the role of lighting from functional needs to decorative objects that create a mysterious atmosphere, in which light plays the role of

"matter" emanating from solid materials, illuminating them from within and influencing their surroundings.

In the first gallery space, lighting sculputres from the "Origa" collection are displayed, the result of collaboration between Taoz and veteran weaver Ziva Epstein, who owns Nulah Studio. The lighting sculptures are woven on a loom using a traditional method, with copper and brass wires of different thicknesses integrated into the fabrics, giving said fabric flexibility and allowing it to be shaped in different ways. Non-heating LED lighting allows the use of textiles to create light effects that break out of the lighting sculptures and complete the design. Alongside the vertical lighting fixtures is a group of wall-mounted lighting sculptures that look like shells or organic creatures, as well as tabletop lighting sculptures in this series.

In the second space, metal lighting sculptures from the “Shining Lights of Amaterasu” series are displayed. The lighting sculptures, in varying heights, were originally intended to be displayed in daylight as well, when the sunlight returns off the shiny hand-bent metal strips. At night the lighting emerges from within and affects the entire environment, casting light and shadows. Wall-mounted lighting fixtures from this series look like tubes or small animals that shine from within. “Light is the most important material in space, without it the other designs have no meaning,” says Taoz.

Born in 1991, Chen Taoz graduated from industrial design studies at Ort Singlovsky College in 2017, and has since worked as a designer and project manager in various fields. In 2019 she opened her studio, specializing in the design of lighting fixtures. She presented her works at various exhibitions, including the 2021 Fresh Paint Fair in Tel Aviv. In 2022 she was chosen to participate in the Salone Satellite dedicated to outstanding designers under the age of 35, as part of the renowned international Milan Design Week fair.

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Wall Amaterasu 

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