THE LIFE OF TREES AND HEAVENS
Curated by Margo Grant and Irina Matinian
In her art, Olga takes the sun’s rays as co-authors, which, refracting at different angles, passing through many fragments of multi-colored glass, create a lively, changeable radiance, emphasizing the emotional saturation of the works.
Glass artist Olga Gobernik-Kon lives and works in Israel. She was born in Kazakhstan and spent her childhood in the picturesque foothills of the Tien Shan, which, together with the hot Israeli sun, reflected in the color palette of her art.
Olga studied glasswork at the Wertzberger College of Applied Arts in Tel Aviv, where she chose stained glass and mosaics from a variety of glass art techniques. Olga Gobernik’s diploma mosaic work took 1st place at the exhibition of college graduates.
An architect by education, Olga has remained faithful to a special, architectural style, which, being executed in glass, acquired an additional dimension – light. Unlike the wall panels created by the majority of mosaic artists, Olga’s mosaics, like stained-glass windows, work “in the light”, these are glass collages on a glass basis. In her art, Olga takes the sun’s rays as co-authors, which, refracting at different angles, passing through many fragments of multi-colored glass, create a lively, changeable radiance, emphasizing the emotional saturation of the works.
Many of her works are in private collections in Israel, the USA, Russia and Kazakhstan.
In Philadelphia, at the Dalet Gallery, Olga’s works were exhibited together with the works of Isaiah Zagar, the creator of the legendary Philadelphia Museum of Mosaic “Magic Garden”. The collection presented in the Margo Gallery has its own history. Arriving in the United States in March 2020 to visit her student sons, Olga was forced to stay here for another six months due to the coronavirus pandemic that hit the whole world. Having turned the basement of her parents’ house in Princeton into her workshop, she completely devoted herself to her beloved work, embodying in glass the impressions obtained from the contemplation of trees, their reflections in the water, fleeting reflections of clouds, stonework on the facades of the university buildings. This is how the Life of Trees and Heavens series was born.
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