Erez Nevi Pana takes an investigative and human-centered approach to both raw and discarded materials, excavating their properties and exposing and extracting the hidden, often toxic or destructive, byproducts of industrial manufacture. His egalitarian attitude toward materials and makers brings poetry to objects of uncanny beauty—pure collaborations between nature and culture, otherworldly but borne of the earth.
Reclaimed wood is the underlying structure for his salt objects. Nevi Pana eschews glue, sanding papers, and most varnishes, which are made from animal-based ingredients. Lathe-turned and bound, the wooden scaffolds are subjected to some of the most unique phenomena of nature.
In this don’t-miss talk, Nevi Pana will share insights into his work, his thoughtful research into materials and processes, and his seminal thinking in Vegan Design as a curative approach to human-caused natural devastation.
Image above from the Bleached and Salts series. Photo by Klaudia Rothkegel
Image captions, left to right: Erez Nevi Pana, Bleached and Salts series, Dead Sea Salt Stool; Salts; Before Dipping. Photo: Klaudia Rothkegel
Erez Nevi Pana (b. 1983) is an explorer who uses design as a significant tool to investigate phenomena through material experimentation. Nevi Pana earned his BA in design from the Holon Institute of Technology (Israel) and an MA from the Design Academy Eindhoven (The Netherlands) where his thesis focused on the recrystallization of salt. In 2015, Nevi Pana formed La Terrasse in Eindhoven as a platform for designers, artists, writers, and thinkers to work closely together, share their thoughts on a central theme, and realize their visions. The Design Museum Holon recently acquired two of Nevi Pana’s works, which were developed from an organic material mixture of soil and fungi, for their permanent collection in addition to three salt pieces from his solo exhibition at the museum. Nevi Pana practices research and design around the world as a doctoral student investigating the topic of vegan design.
This event is free to the public. The Center for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.Donate