Oct 5, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012
Yoav S. Liberman is a studio furniture artist, an architect, and an inventor. His work combines the old and new, using found objects and discarded wood as sources of inspiration for the pieces that he builds. Yoav received his architectural degree from the Israel Institute of Technology. From 2001 to 2003 he was an Artist-in-Residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. In 2011 Yoav was a Windgate Foundation Artist in Residence/Fellow at Purchase College, New York.
His work has appeared in several juried exhibitions in the United States, most recently in Saks Fifth Avenue, SOFA Chicago, and in NEW / NOW: 10 Makers for the New Millennium Pathways and Process, at the Fuller Craft Museum. Yoav’s articles on furniture design and woodworking have been published in leading design magazines including American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine.
He has also published numerous articles in several of Israel's most prominent design publications. His pieces have been featured in magazines and in recent art books on innovative approaches to woodturning and furniture design: 500 Wood Bowl (2004), 500 Tables (2009), 500 Cabinets (2010) and 500 Judaica (2010) by Lark Books.
Yoav's pieces can be found in galleries in Cambridge MA, Hudson NY, and Philadelphia as well as in museum and private collections in the United States, Israel and England.
email: Yoav Liberman
For Yoav Liberman, found objects and discarded wood serve as both the literal and metaphorical "raw material" for his work. Looking at, and looking beyond, the flaws of these objects provides his conceptual inspiration. In re-Form, Yoav transforms these objects through an explorative process, giving them new life. His work emphasizes the increasingly porous border between utility and art, as well as architecture, furniture, and sculpture.
"I see myself as a problem solver, challenged by objects and materials that our society renders obsolete. I look for both beauty and functionally in items that I salvage from the sidewalk or from the scrap woodbin. I attempt to re-form them into a new amalgamation that is both attractive and practical."
"I am inspired by our architectural, woodworking, design, and engineering past when I conceive a new piece. I cherish the moments when I have the insight to distill a few novel creations from the rejects of our material lives."
Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 4th, 6:30pm - 9 pm
HAWT 2012 Reception: Friday Oct 5th, 8pm – 10pm
Saturday Oct 6th and Sunday, Oct 7th, 12pm to 6pm
Show's Website: http://www.casafrela.com/tiki/re-FORM
Email: yoav at yoavliberman.com