The UC Davis Craft Center Gallery presents “Flat Fusion Five,” the first solo exhibition of longtime Craft Center volunteer Matan Shelomi, Jan. 6 through Feb. 7. An artist’s reception will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the gallery.
The exhibit will feature works produced during the past five years displaying the variety of skills taught at the Craft Center and the possible permutations thereof: sculptures combining metal, wood and glass; books bound with relief or photo prints and handmade paper; jewelry featuring wire-worked ceramics; and more.
Some of the pieces will be available for purchase after the show.
Shelomi has been volunteering at the Craft Center since 2009, and has been certified in nearly every class it offers. He studied silkscreening and oil painting at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, though he is a biologist by training and currently a Ph.D. candidate in entomology and nematology at UCD.
His work celebrates these multiple influences on his life in the style of the Art-Science Fusion program developed at UCD, blurring the lines between biology and beauty. Culture, education and identity are flattened literally and figuratively into pieces that are as aesthetic as they are informative and informed.
The gallery is in the South Silo Building on the UCD campus. It is open from 12:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 12:30 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.