Dan Elyahu Gonen
Born 1978 Israel
Living and working in Amsterdam
Bachelor, Gerrit Rietveld academy Amsterdam, fashion department.
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria, Transmedial art department, Erasmus student exchange program,
under the guidance of Prof. Brigitte Kowanz and textile technology department under the guidance of Prof. Ute Huber-Leirer.
Fashion Institute Arnhem, a year course.
Quartair, The Hague, exhibition Riso publications, The other book fair.
Kunstruimte Lokaal Utrecht, Solo exhibition: Dionysos draagt Kringloop.
CBK Amsterdam, group exhibition artist's studios Amsterdam- East
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, exhibition: Vom Lufthohen, Gaisbühel.
Museum voor moderne kunst, Arnhem, exhibition: Happy fashion, Mode Biennale Arnhem, The Netherlands.
Kunst Museum (Gemeente museum) Den Haag, The Netherlands, exhibition: Fashion NL: the next generation.
Design Week Eindhoven, The Netherlands, exhibition: Items magazine.
Art gallery Dordrecht, The Netherlands, exhibition: New Blood.
Vrede Kerk Amsterdam, exhibition.
Museum-Night Fridrichshafen, Germany, exhibition: Never let them see you sweat.
Kunsthaus Vorarlberg, Austria, exhibition: Die grenzen meine spräche.
OT 301cultural center, Amsterdam, The netherlands, book and zine faire: Kapsalon.
Atheneum bookstore, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, publication: The language of wearable objects outside fashion.
Men Boutique Kerkstraat, Bahique Jewellery, Roosieraad Jewellery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, presentation: Bodylang, earth friendly printed organic textiles.
Marmelada, online art project, benches of Tel-Aviv.
Bijenkorf Amsterdam, The Netherlands, presentation Lancome collection.
Frans Molenaar award, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, nomination and runway show.
Mediamatic Amsterdam, the Netherlands, presentation and lecture at Embroidery salon (body-language).
Fashion Week, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Lancôme color design award- preliminary, prize for innovation.
Lancôme color design international award (final stage) first prize.
Halikon, publishing house for poetry, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Grant for young poetry writers, scholarship and workshop at Miskenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem.
Berlage Fonds, The Netherlands, grant for a graduation project, Gerrit Rietveld academy.
Allyoucandream.nl Article about Gonen’s work by Jet van Overeem, curator, head of education and conservator at Kunstmuseum Den Haag.
Publication: The language of wearable objects - Outside fashion, numbered edition.
Kunst haus Bregenz, catalogue: Vom Luftholen: Gaisbühel.
AvantGarde magazine, the Netherlands, Fashion editorial and photography Lancôme collection.
Vogue magazine Taiwan, Article.
Ha'aretz daily paper, Israel, Interview.
NRC Handelsblad daily paper, The Netherlands, Article.
Items magazine, the Netherlands, article.
Kunsthaus Vorarlberg, Austria, catalogue.
Halikon publishing house/Mishkenot-Sha'ananim Jerusalem, publication, New poetry by Halikon.
Art collection Lancome, France.
Art collection Brigitte Kowanz, Austria.
Herbarium-riso archive Berlin, Germany.
Textile-workshop collection, University of applied arts, Vienna, Austria.
Several private collections.
Practice related activities
AGALAB (Amsterdam graphic atelier) technichal assistant textile and silk-screen printing.
Textile design, Interior for office space Merkurio, Amsterdam.
Editor, fashion and design, Time-Out magazine, Tel-Aviv.
Since studying at the fashion department of the Rietveld academy and at the Trans-medial department of the university of applied arts, Vienna, where ideas regarding body-based art were encouraged, most of my work evolves around wearable objects as containers of language. The aim is to create and research this language in a non commercial way, outside the boundaries of fashion.
Clothes made by hand, taken care of, worn and loved by a person for many years- have a soul. Making clothing independently, focusing on alternative contents: personal, poetic, narrative related etc. can change the way we look at what we wear. The role of clothes in human culture may hopefully revise, from fast-consumed products to a more compassionate handling of resources and surroundings.
The title of a recent project presented in Utrecht, the Netherlands is: Dionysos draagt kringloop (Dyonysos wears kringloop). The Dutch word ‘kringloop’ (cycle) refers to thrift shops (kringloop winkels) where second-hand items are offered as recycling service for the community. The exhibition consisted of found wearable objects that were changed, up-cycled and enriched with details sewn by hand. The details were created intuitively, “growing” from the object itself.
During the time of practice I have worked as a fashion journalist, studied at Fashion Institute Arnhem and have received a prize at Lancome color design award. After that period it became more clear that my interest is in finding a different position, an own path of expression in the field of wearable language. Since 2014 I work autonomously at my studio in Amsterdam, and active as technical assistant, screen printing at Agalab (Amsterdam graphic atelier).
My main interest is in hand-sewn cloth, patch work, dying and embroidery, as well as drawing. Major part of my work is printing on textiles, using the silk-screen technique as well as laser-cut stencils.
More thoughts and ideas are summoned in a publication: The language of wearable objects - Outside fashion. The essay was published independently in a numbered edition, printed on Risograph press-machine at Amsterdam Graphic Atelier (May 2019) and presented at The other book festival, the Hague.