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Omer Arbel explores the intrinsic mechanical, physical, and chemical qualities of materials as fundamental departure points for making work. Arbel’s pieces have been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Mallett, Monte Clark Gallery and Dimore Gallery. He is the recipient of the 2010 Ronald J. Thom Award for Early Design Achievement and the 2015 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Allied Arts Medal. Omer Arbel is the creative director of Bocci.

Omer Arbel Office is a creative practice spanning multiple scales and cultural-economic contexts to include building design, industrial design, materials research, sculpture, invention, and high craft manufacturing.

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2015 / Chromium, Steel

71 results from a repetitive process that consists of submerging machine bolts wrapped in copper wire into a nickel or copper based chemical solution and introducing an electric current. After near-countless repetitions of the process over long intervals of time, metal accretions begin to grow on the machine bolt surface, in response to the haphazard form of the electro-magnetic field around each bolt.

Photography and video by Gwenael Lewis

Photo courtesy of the Dimore Gallery, Milan

Photo courtesy of the Dimore Gallery, Milan