The power starts from within, as do we
I have always been interested in nature, in my experience with it, in it and its laws. In This creation I had the opportunity to examine and express themes of strength versus flexibility, stability versus freedom of movement, walking on the edge against an inner balance. These same issues reflected in the work, have emerged from moments of instability and transience in my life; moments that shook me to the core and rendered me helpless, on the brink of breaking down. In those powerless moments what allowed me to rouse the courage to go forward - is inner strength. It is precisely that feeling that was the inspiration to create the "Diamond".
Carbon atoms contain the potential of forming coal or diamonds; soft coal that covers with its dust, the faces of the miners digging below, or the elegant diamond which is the hardest product of nature. In fact, diamonds and coal despite their dichotomy - differ only in the internal arrangement of the atoms, the carbon atoms. Each carbon atom in a diamond is one of four vertexes, in a pyramid with a triangular base, a regular tetrahedron. This is a three-dimensional polygon the simplest one and therefore the most stable.
The creation is a living sculpture. It is physically planned so that it will be forever in movement around some balance point, which enables it eternal life - like a diamond. The statue was built from carbon fiber - the same basic component of a natural diamond.
The sculpture I created simulates the stable crystal diamond, while the fluctuations represent the turmoil of life. Almost paradoxically, this is the same inner strength tough and unwavering, which gives absolute freedom - to develop from it, to be in motion, to experiment, to soar and to always return within.
The work is composed of three tables, each representing a different aspect of a deep inner search, transformed into matter. Each object started from raw monolithic materials. The shape was then formed by creating spaces. The spaces determine the object’s shell, much like the inner search sculpts a person, screening the superfluous and leaving its essence.
About 2,000 hours of work were invested in each table, in a process that lasted over four years. This journey into our souls, into the material and technology, was much deeper than we had imagined. There were times when the unexpected complexity of the process threatened its completion.
The tables were built employing a unique technology - combining manual labor and accurate CNC milling with carbon fibers – an innovative technique which has opened new avenues in woodworking.
Freedom of thought is not limited by the texture and rigidity of the wood. Conversely, it inspires the artist into forming seemingly flexible soft forms, which are, in point of fact, very accurate and firm.
Know who you are and stay true to yourself
Solar Plexus or Manipura is the third chakra – the center of inner strength, will power, and determination. The meaning of the word chakra is a wheel, and likewise the table is designed as a perfect circle, with no beginning or end. Nevertheless, it contains empty spaces and illuminated corners, as well as dark ones, reminders of the inner search and self-awareness. Layers of plywood represent the different levels of the mind.
To be present
The word “Jihad” – a holy war, usually appears in a violent context. It's literal meaning, however, is effort. Effort is not necessarily a warlike action, but rather a spiritual one. It is the inner struggle of any human being for constant awareness of one's thoughts and actions; an aspiration for inner balance. The "Jihad" table requires effort by demanding awareness of one's steps and actions. Equilibrium can be maintained only by consciously placing objects on the table. In contrast to the common association of the term Jihad, we chose the olive tree for its symbolism of Peace.
Impermanence (work in progress, scale model)
The term Anicca comes from Buddhism, and it means impermanence and everlasting change. Anicca represents the constant change of reality: The nature of every phenomenon is to appear and then vanish; nothing stays permanent. This is also true for the body and mind, despite the illusion of solidity. The table represents the essence of change, as it transforms from inside out and from top to bottom. Ash wood was chosen for the conversion of its dark core into a light perimeter.
This project is composed of three sets of jewelry, bracelets, necklace medallions and earrings. The pieces were made using the same technology used for the "inside-out" project. In these smaller pieces, we seek to continue our research and stretch the limits of both the wood and carbon fibers, as well as the technology we used earlier. As part of this project, we incorporated other materials, such as stone and gold.
Native Israelis, Iftah Geva and Gal Goldner live and work in a Kibbutz in Northern Israel, crafting innovative art of wood and carbon fiber. Iftah Geva is an Artist and Gal studied mechanical engineering at the Ben-Gurion University. Together they founded "Life Assistant Ltd.", a company for the development and design of solutions for the aging population. Geva and Goldner craft artworks using unique and innovative technologies, which combine such traditional materials as local Israeli wood with advanced materials, borrowed from the aircraft and space industries. In many ways, the partnership is a microcosm of the harmony between technical and aesthetic, mathematical and philosophical, that breathes life into contemporary expression. It is the unique combination of art and technology that continues to propel Geva and Goldner forward, be it through art or business endeavors. At the heart of their work lies the balance and precision that informs the aesthetic appeal of today – influenced by the exactness of technology and machinery, yet shaped by the consistency and movement portrayed in Geva Goldner's creative process.