Without Camouflage. Dafna Kaffeman. Silvia Levenson.
September 26, 2015–March 20, 2016
Davira S. Taragin
Generous support for this exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design provided by:
The Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts (AIDA), Anita and Ronald Wornick, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Glass Alliance of Northern California, Clay and Glass Arts Foundation, Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest, and Bullseye Glass Co.
Support for Without Camouflage. Dafna Kaffeman. Silvia Levenson. provided by: Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass Endowment Fund; ARTS ALIVE! Ball State University College of Fine Arts; the Sursa Art Exhibitions and Visiting Performers Program Fund; the Friends of the David Owsley Museum of Art; the Association of Israel’s Decorative Arts (AIDA); Bullseye Glass Company; Doran and Marianna Livnat, Tel Aviv, Israel; Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass; Daniel Greenberg and Ssuan Steinhauser; the JoAn and Milton Baxt Foundation; Suzanne and Norman Cohn Family; and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. Additional Support provided by Mifal Hapais.
The thought-provoking exhibition Without Camouflage. Dafna Kaffeman. Silvia Levenson. features the work of two artists who are among a select few that combine glass with fiber and other materials to make powerful social and political statements. They see themselves as shamans, drawing attention to evil as a way to precipitate a cure. Their work emphasizes that such conflict is the result of a few individuals rather than multitudes.
Since 2003, Kaffeman has addressed the complex social and political issues of living in Israel, a land burdened with sacrifice, grief, and remembrance. Levenson’s earlier work used autobiography to comment upon love, domesticity, and mankind’s obsession with happiness. In her new body of work—shown together here for the first time—she has focused on children and explored how their experience of living with domestic violence and other politically incorrect events contributes to their becoming betrayed, anxious, lonely adults.