This exhibition will showcase recent light works by artist and designer Ilan El. In a display of changing illuminations, the works explore the different experiences and emotions evoked by different colours.
IMAGE > [top] Ilan El, Sham-Mayim (Horizon No. 01) [detail], 2021, transparent and opaque synthetic polymer resin,
aluminium, LEDs, electrical components, 81 x 101 x 5.5cm. Image courtesy of the artist.
IMAGE > Ilan El, Portal (Double Ora), 2014, transparent and opaque synthetic polymer resin, aluminium, LEDs, electrical components, 120 x 120 x 5.5cm. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Ivan Lee
IMAGE Ilan El, Supernova Linear, 2017, opaque synthetic polymer resin, aluminium, LEDs, electrical components, 180
x 26 x 26 cm.
Photograph: Ivan Lee
Ilan El works across both commercial design and visual art. This exhibition will showcase a selection of light-based works initially designed for private homes and public spaces, alongside a brand new series of artworks.
All of the works explore the potential of light, form and colour to affect us psychologically and alter our perception of the world as we know it.
“I am passionate about lighting because it’s the only type of object that has dual modes of existence –
when it’s off it’s an object, when it’s on it comes to life.”
Ilan El, 2021
ILANEL™ Design Studio was founded in 2010 by Ilan El, a Melbourne based multidisciplinary designer, who works with his team to create original products and bespoke designs by hand from his St Kilda atelier.
El's installations and work have been presented at Melbourne Design Week (MDW 17 – Departures, MDW 18 – Decoding Design, MDW 20 – Light + Life, MDW 21 – Wisdom of Objects); Globelight, Melbourne (2013 – 2016); and the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2019 Triennal. His large-scale commissions include an interactive lighting installation, ’39 Steps’ for the Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne (2019), a 13m long multi-tiered chandelier ‘Deco Grandeur’ for the Royal Bank Chambers, Melbourne (2015), as well as a variety of bespoke luminaires for highend hotels and private residences across the globe.
IMAGE > Ilan El in the studio with Stella, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Lillie Thompson
IMAGE > [above] Ilan El, 39 Steps, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist and JAHM. Photograph: Ivan Lee
12 March > 5 June 2022
This exhibition presents a selection of photographic work and large painted shields created with members of the artist's Yuri tribe of Simbu Province, and his diasporic family in the Waghi Valley of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
12 March > 5 June 2022
Cyrus Tang will present a series of photographic works and light boxes that explore time and memory.