As part of Design Miami/ Basel's Design at Large 2019 program, Friedman Benda will present an installation by Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana (b. 1983). The exhibition will debut works from his acclaimed Bleached series. Motivated by the consequences of mineral extraction in the Dead Sea, with this body of work Nevi Pana imagines a possible constructive outcome from humanity’s interference with nature. For Bleached, Nevi Pana submerges wooden structures encased in luffa into the Dead Sea—leaving them to crystallize like coral formations. Transforming these minerals into otherworldly, architectural forms, Nevi Pana comments on the convergence of the organic with the ornate. Bleached was nominated for the Design Museum’s Beazley Designs of the Year award in 2018, and will be included in the upcoming Design Triennial at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Cube design museum.
Nevi Pana's approach is informed by his veganism and animal rights activism and he was the winner of PETA's Vegan Homeware Award for Innovation in 2018. Nevi Pana earned his BA in Design from the Holon Institute of Technology and an MA from the Design Academy Eindhoven where his thesis focused on the recrystallization of salt, and is currently researching the topic of vegan design as a doctoral candidate at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria.