Attai Chen / Compounding Fractions

Exhibition: Sep. 7 – Sep. 30, 2013
Artist Reception: Tue. Sep. 8, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Neckpiece. Untitled, 2013, paper, paint, coal glue, oxidized silver, fabric. Photo: Attai Chen
Brooch. Free Radicals (part 3), 2011, paper, paint, blue, silver, brass, stainless steel, 100 x 73 x 50 mm. Photo: Mirei Takeuchi
Neckpiece. Untitled, 2013, paper, graphite, paint, glue, silver, gold. Photo: Attai Chen
Brooch. Free Radicals (part 4), 2012, paint, paper, coal, glue, silver, brass, stainless steel, 105 x 50 x 55 mm. Photo: Mirei Takeuchi

Over the past few years Attai Chen has received much international attention. In 2011 he won the coveted Herbert Hofmann Prize at the Schmuck Art Fair in Munich and was recently awarded the prestigious 2014 Andrea M. Bronfman Prize for the Arts for which he will be given a solo exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum and an accompanying catalog.

Chen’s current series of work is inspired by his observations of nature and his interest in the cyclical motion of growth and decay. Titled “Compounding Fractions” – this new exhibition features neckpieces and brooches built from torn scraps of recycled paper, color, graphite and other elements.  Chen heightens the mystery of his message by including personal notes and drawings onto the paper before the process begins.

In the artist’s words, “The process of recycling follows the pattern of growth, culmination, consummation and decay, only to begin again.  It is my intention in these works to trace and create forms that capture this organic process in a man-made world.”

About Attai Chen

Attai Chen was born and raised in Israel.  He received his BFA from The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem followed by an MFA from Munich’s Academy of Fine Arts, studying under Prof. Otto Künzli.  In addition to the Herbert Hofmann and Andrea M. Bronfman prizes, Chen won the Oberbayerischer Förderpreis für Angewandte Kunst prize, Munich in 2012.

 Chen has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Germany, France, Australia and the United States.  His work can be found in several museum collections including The International Design Museum, Munich and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  “Compounding Fractions” is Attai Chen’s first solo exhibition.  

In conjunction with the exhibition the artist will give a talk/demo at Brooklyn Metal Works on Saturday Sept. 7, 2013 at 3 pm. 

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