Omer Arbel 25-29 January 2017


Omer Arbel is Artist in Residence at Berlin Glas e.V.
January 25 to 29, 2017


Berlin Glas e.V. is honoured to welcome Omer Arbel to the studio for a 5-day artist in residency, from 25 to 29 January, 2017.

Omer Arbel, born in 1976 in Jerusalem, grew up in Vancouver, Canada. He received a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo (1997) and successively started an apprenticeship in an architectural firm. In 2000, he moved back to Canada, where he completed a degree in architecture; and in 2005, Omer Arbel co-founded BOCCI, the internationally renowned design and lighting company. In 2015, BOCCI 79 opened in Berlin-Charlottenburg – a 2,200 m2 historic courthouse constructed in 1896, that showcases a decade of works by Omer Arbel ranging from pieces in progress, prototypes and ideas, as well as the complete range of catalogue pieces developed for Bocci.

Exploration of material is at the heart of Omer Arbel´s work, travelling between the fields of architecture, art, invention, and design. Focal themes of his work include the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials and the treatment of light as a medium. His installations are often site-specific, social interactions, commenting on the complex relationship between art and environment. Arbel´s work has been exhibited at the Barbican, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Monte Clark Gallery, and Dinmore Gallery. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2015 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Medal. Arbel lives and works between Vancouver and Berlin.