Visit 5&33 Gallery 20 March until 6 May and enjoy the Cultural Transitions Exhibition.
‘I left my country when I was quite young. Started in NYC, and moved to Paris followed by London and recently to Amsterdam. These transitions enabled me to grow my passion to experience many cultures and the way cultures influence artists and their work. This notion has led to the production and creation of this unique, multicultural “Cultural Transitions” exhibition’ – Odelia Haroush
The common factor of this group of artists is defined by how they individually respond to their new surroundings. Moving to a new city after being immersed in another culture has had a profound influence on their creative practice. Responding to an environment, its colors, scale and surface are an important source for the work they create. Living in a foreign land as well as travelling a lot emphasizes a certain openness and curiosity towards other cultures.
Each artist was born and raised in a different country than the one they currently live and create in. How does this influence their art and their discipline? Find out for yourself upon visiting the exhibition!
Alexandra Breeze: Ceramics and print artist
Alexandra Breeze studied Ceramics and Printmaking at the University of Wolverhampton. After finishing her degree she gained a PGCE from the London Institute of Education. She has worked as an Art teacher in various international and British schools, both in the UK and the Netherlands.
She has always tried to incorporate other media or techniques in her clay building, from the added effect that relief can have, to extensive printing on the ceramic work. She suggests that this could possibly be because she has ‘always been a tactile person’, wanting to touch the objects behind the ‘do not touch’ signs in shops or galleries.
Much of her work has a cultural or social reference. She has recently created a series of high-fired imprinted porcelain tiles in the shape of historic Amsterdam canal houses. She made these houses because of their iconic character for Dutch national culture. They are also exciting to view as they are the same in style, yet never identical. They are all unique, just like the porcelain. Other, more recent work includes groups of small pots that have been pushed together to form meandering clusters of honeycomb-style wall pieces.
Sharon Moss: Textile and surface artist
Sharon moss graduated with honors Textile Design at Nottingham & Trent University. She also holds a post graduate certificate in teaching & Learning in art & Design. Sharon co-wrote a paper “An Ideal Art School” – Presented at CLTAD International Conference for teaching & learning art & design, Berlin.
Sharon is interested in how the process of inhabiting a new environment produces a sense of alienation developing into wonder and then familiarity. Her work explores this process through her encounter with the everyday in the urban setting of her daily routine. As well as the urban encounter through the digital, the visceral effect of a tactile and hand made surface add an additional layer of meaning as a metaphor for the desire to connect with our surroundings.
Manuela Mambretti: Graphic designer
Manuella studied Graphic Design at The International College of Arts and Sciences in Milan, Italy. Right after her studies , she worked for many years as a graphic designer for multiple companies such as Kellog’s, Unilever, Disney and more. For the past few years she is working as a paper-art illustrator freelance, using her papercut technique. Her works were published in the Margriet Dutch Magazine.
“The fact of leaving abroad effected a lot my style and changed completely my path. I used to be a graphic designer but, when I moved here, it pushed me to take a step back from my activity. This gave me a lot of free time to rediscover the pleasure of working with my hand instead of using just a computer to express my creativity. A lot of my inspiration comes from the Amsterdam charming canal houses. The beauty of it never stop to amaze me, and it’s an endless source of pleasure.
Boaz Cohen & Sayaka Yamamoto – BCXSY: Product designers
Established in 2007, BCXSY is a cooperative between designers Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto.
BCXSY is a balanced combination of two unique talents creating one unique narrative and emphasizing beauty, purity, wit, emotional awareness, personal experience and personal interaction. The studio delivers a multidisciplinary experience through the creation and development of concepts, identities, products, graphics, interiors and atmospheres.
BCXSY’s work has been featured in some of the world’s most prestigious events and media. It is a part of the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, and has been awarded several prizes.
Liron Kroll: Multidisciplinary visual artist.
Liron Kroll is a London based, multidisciplinary visual artist, graduate of the Royal College of Art.
The themes of her work are based around the illusiveness of normality. She is interested in the inherent contradiction in the need to belong to a social structure, but being simultaneously repulsed by it. She creates uncanny photomontages that are invented realities and feeds off the tension and dissonance created by staging mundane moments in life.
In her creation process, Kroll dismantles and creates visual worlds, she reassembles and builds new realisms. One of her images may include bits and pieces taken from over hundreds of photos, taken in different times and places. Thereby Kroll disconnects the supposedly “photographic Image” from any standard anchors in time and space.