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Michal Fargo // Number 5 Coral Noir
2015
10.5 x 8 x 6.5 inches
ceramic

MICHAL FARGO //

Michael Fargo was born in 1984 in Tel Aviv, Israel. She grew up in the center of Israel and later attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Designin Jerusalem. She opened her own studio in Tel Aviv and taught in several locations across Israel. In her studio, Michal worked on one-off pieces and also designed three collections mass produced by Spanish design brand PCM. Michal has won international awards for her work, and her art has been exhibited across Europe, China, Korea, and Taiwan. In 2014, Michal won the Clore and Bezalel scholarship, gaining her full tuition to attend the Royal College of Art in London.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT //

In my work, I am driven by textures, materials, shapes, and surfaces. I deal with the thin line that lies between imitation and interpretation. I use naive, sometimes even barbaric, working methods while handling industrial materials. The clash between nature and industrialism is a great inspiration to me. In my work, I am trying to capture a longing to authentic nature, and at the same time, celebrate progress and its many benefits—maybe combine both emotions into one. My main ambition is to pursue authenticity and a personal aesthetic perception. I tend to get lost between the definitions of art, craft, and design; I find the semantics boring and unnecessary. 

MICHAL FARGO //

EDUCATION //
2014 – 2016
 M.A from The Ceramics & Glass Department at The Royal College of
Art, London (currently studying, completion - July 2016)


2007 - 2011
 Graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem;
B.A from the Ceramic Design Department, expertise in Ceramic
Design and Pottery

AWARDS //
2015
 Special citation, Cheongju Craft Biennale, Korea

2014
 Finalist for WOW Prize (Franz Award), Taipei – Beijing
 Recipient of the Clore & Bezalel grant for a full tuition for MA
studies at the Royal College of Art, London

2013
 Bronze award for Modern Ceramic Art, The 2nd Kaolin Grand Prix,
Jingdezhen, China

2012
 2ND place, Biennale de la Céramique, Andenne, Belgium
 Award for an international artist, Sidney Myer & The Shepparton
Art Museum, Shepparton, Australia

2011
 First studio scholarship, Binyamini House, Tel Aviv, Israel

2010
 Two Shortlist Entries (Handy Nut, Contemporary Craft),
"The Intelligent Hand", Designboom + Macef International Design
Competition

EXHIBITIONS //
2016
 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taiwan (July 2016)

2015
 Cheongju Craft Biennale, Korea
 XII Biennal Internacional de Ceramica, Manises, Valencia (Spain)
 Le Don du Fel group exhibition, Le Fel (France)

2014
 Maison & Object, Francouis Brnard's space, Paris (September)
 Vallauris ceramic biennale, Vallauris France

2013
 Mason & Object, Paris (January)
 Jingdezhen International Ceramic Fair, China (Catalogue)
 London's Design Museum, Image Exhibition of The Design Museum,
Holon (Israel)
 Kapfenberg Ceramic Biennale, Austria (Catalogue)
 Aviero Ceramic Biennale, Portugal (Catalogue)
 "Shift", group exhibition curated by Shlomit Bauman and
Ravit Lazer at the Binyamini Center in Tel Aviv

2012
 "Super Bowl", ceramics exhibition at Tel Aviv's Opera House,
Israel's Ceramic Association, curated by Esther Beck
 "Else", solo exhibition at the Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton,
Australia, curated by Elise Routledge (Catalogue)
 “Right Here, Right Now”, group exhibition with "4n5 Design
Group", Tel Aviv
 BCA, Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics, Andenne, Belgium

2011
 "Animals in the farm", group exhibition at "The Farm" gallery,
curated by Eran Erlich, Holon, Israel
 "Young Israeli Designers", group exhibition at ‘The Station
Compound’, curated by Alon Razgur, Tel Aviv
 Bezalel graduate exhibition, curated by Eran Erlich (Catalogue),
Jerusalem

2010
 "Handle with Care", group exhibition at ‘Design Space’ gallery,
curated by Emmy Shahar, Tel Aviv

COLLECTIONS //
 The Cheongju Craft Biennale Collection
 The Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum
 The Holon Design Museum collection
 The Marge Goldwater collection
 The Shepparton Art Museum's collection
 The Materials Library, Holon

EMPLOYMENT //
2013 - 2014
 Tutor at the School of Visual Art in Beer Sheva (Kaye College)

2012 - 2013
 ‘Adama’ Ceramic Studio
 Elderly Persons’ Day Center, Reut Foundation, Tel Aviv
 ‘Typical Local’ design studio

2011 - 2012
 Instructor of ceramic sculpting at the Binyamini Center
 Workshop manager at the Binyamini Foundation
 Instructor of ceramic sculpting at ‘Ramot’ Youth Center
 Writer for Israeli design blog ‘ReDesign’ (2011-2013)
 Instructor of ceramic sculpting at the Philip Leon community
center (2011)
 Freelance mold maker (2011)

2009
 Pottery instructor, Ein Yael active museum
Talks:
 Shepperton Art Museum, Australia - a personal presentation,
participation in a panel talk discussing modern ceramics, and a
master class presentation
 RMIT College, Melbourne - presentation for students at the
ceramic department
 Shenkar College, Israel - presentation for students at the
external studies department