Carmel Ilan’s work is based on a method of work constructed of numerous folded papers erecting from a wooden plate.

Originating in the feminist discourse of the late 20th century, her work responds to traditions of female labor and crafts. Strongly connected to her basic material of paper, she questions the emotional response the material evokes and its contemporary value in an age of digitally archived knowledge.

Her latest development is an interpretation of her original technique, as she currently chooses to exhibit only the photographic representation of her sculptural objects. Replacing material for size value and microscopic vision, she transforms not only the materiality of the works but their physical effect on the viewer.

Carmel Ilan

born 1960, lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel

Education

2000-2004  BFA, Basis School of Art, graduated with honors
1985-1986  MFA, Parsons School of Art and Design
1980-1984  BFA, Fashion Design, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design

Solo Exhibitions

2020 "Samsāra", Project Space, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv; curators: Meital Manor, Daria Kaufmann

2017 "Carmel Ilan", ZK Gallery, San Francisco

2015 "What Does the Letter Know", WIZO Haifa Academy; curator: Micha Krishner

2015 "Materiality Now", Raw Art Gallery, Tel Aviv

2014 "Carmel Ilan", Plaza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; curator: Raviva Regev

2014 "Paper Field", Wilfrid Museum, Kibbutz Hazorea, Israel; curator: Shir Meller-Yamaguchi

2011 "Carmel Ilan", Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia; curator: Dana Gillerman

2009 "Landscapes", Basis School of Art, Herzliya, Israel 

2009 "New Works", Raw Art Gallery, Tel Aviv

2007 "No One Nose", Performing Arts Center, Tel Aviv

2005 "Ne’urim", Basis School of Art, Herzliya, Israel

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Lucca Biennale Cartasia, Edition 20, Lucca, Italy; curator: Giacomo Pecchia

2020 "First Person. Second Nature", Biennial of Arts and Design, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; curators: Anriata Eliezer Brunner, Yuval Saar

2019 Art Central, Meijler Art, Hong Kong

2018 "Neighbours", Artists House, Tel Aviv

2018 "N17", Zemack Gallery, Tel Aviv

2018 "Pop Porn", Zemack Gallery, Tel Aviv

2018 "French Salon", Zemack Gallery, Tel Aviv

2018 Art Central, Zemack Gallery, Hong Kong

2018 Art Stage Singapore, Zemack Gallery, Singapore

2018 Fresh Paint 10, Zemack Gallery, Tel Aviv

2018 "The Map-Reading Between the Lines", Eretz Israel Museum, TA

2017 Art Miami, Zemack Gallery, Miami Beach

2017 "On the Edge-Israeli Paper", Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

2017 "Alternative", Zemack Gallery, Tel Aviv

2017 Fresh Paint 9, Zemack Gallery, Tel Aviv

2017 Art Central, Zemack Gallery, Hong Kong

2016 "Colors of Macadam", Macadam Gallery, Belgium; curator: Damian Gard

2015 Art Central, Zemack Gallery, Hong Kong

2015 Tel Aviv Towers, curator: Smadar Sheffi

2015 "Base & Building", Basis School of Art, Herzliya; curator: Shlomit Broyer

2014 "Tabula Rasa", After Gallery, Ma'alot-Tarshiha; curator: Noga Migdal

2014 "Contemporary Paper Art", Jaffe Museum; curator: Paul Jackson

2013 "Kalut HaHomer", Beit Michal Gallery, Rehovot 

2013 "Paper Art in Israel 2", Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; curator: Dr. Sorin Heller

2013 Desert Bloom Paper Biennale, Beit Ha’Amamnim Ba’Negev, Beer Sheva
2012 "Turn the Page", Beit Ha’Amanut Gallery, Mevaseret Zion
2012 Gallery Collection, Raw Art Gallery, Tel Aviv

2011 Fresh Paint 4, Tel Aviv

2011 "In Between", The Wilfrid Museum, Ha’Zorea Kibbuts; curator: Shir Meller Yamaguchi
2010 Heat Wave Catch Gallery Collection, Raw Art Gallery, Tel Aviv   

2010 "Neighbors", Corner Park Gallery, Berlin; curator: Reviva Regev

2010 Fresh Paint 3, Tel Aviv
2009 "Woods", The Farm Gallery, Holon; curator: Ayelet Biran

2009  Fresh Paint 2, Tel Aviv
2008  Cultural Center, Petach Tikva
2007  Performing Arts Center, Tel Aviv 
2006  "Liga Bait BaNama", Tel Aviv; curator: Galia Yahav 
2005  Group Show, Basis Gallery, Beit Yannai