Dan Gonen





C.V.

Dan Elyahu Gonen
Born 1978 Israel
Living and working in Amsterdam

email:
gonendan@gmail.com


Education

2001-2005
Bachelor, Gerrit Rietveld academy Amsterdam, fashion department.
2004
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.
2005-2006
Fashion Institute Arnhem, a year course.


Selected exhibitions

2019
Quartair, The Hague, exhibition Riso publications, The other book fair.
2019
Kunstruimte Lokaal Utrecht, Solo exhibition: Dionysos draagt Kringloop.
2014
CBK Amsterdam, group exhibition artist's studios Amsterdam- East
2013
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, exhibition: Vom Lufthohen, Gaisbühel.
2007
Museum voor moderne kunst, Arnhem, exhibition: Happy fashion, Mode Biennale Arnhem, The Netherlands.
2006
Kunst Museum (Gemeente museum) Den Haag, The Netherlands, exhibition: Fashion NL: the next generation.
2005
Design Week Eindhoven, The Netherlands, exhibition: Items magazine.
2005
Art gallery Dordrecht, The Netherlands, exhibition: New Blood.
2005
Vrede Kerk Amsterdam, exhibition.
2004
Museum-Night Fridrichshafen, Germany, exhibition: Never let them see you sweat.
2004
Kunsthaus Vorarlberg, Austria, exhibition: Die grenzen meine spräche.


Presentations

2019
OT 301cultural center, Amsterdam, The netherlands, book and zine faire: Kapsalon.
2018
Atheneum bookstore, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, publication: The language of wearable objects outside fashion.
2015
Men Boutique Kerkstraat, Bahique Jewellery, Roosieraad Jewellery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, presentation: Bodylang, earth friendly printed organic textiles.
2008
Marmelada, online art project, benches of Tel-Aviv.
2006
Bijenkorf Amsterdam, The Netherlands, presentation Lancome collection.
2006
Frans Molenaar award, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, nomination and runway show.
2005
Mediamatic Amsterdam, the Netherlands, presentation and lecture at Embroidery salon (body-language).
2005
Fashion Week, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Lancôme color design award- preliminary, prize for innovation.


Prizes

2006
Lancôme color design international award (final stage) first prize.


Grants

2000
Halikon, publishing house for poetry, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Grant for young poetry writers, scholarship and workshop at Miskenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem.
2004
Berlage Fonds, The Netherlands, grant for a graduation project, Gerrit Rietveld academy.


Publications

2020
Allyoucandream.nl Article about Gonen’s work by Jet van Overeem, curator, head of education and conservator at Kunstmuseum Den Haag.
2019
Publication: The language of wearable objects - Outside fashion, numbered edition.
2015
Kunst haus Bregenz, catalogue: Vom Luftholen: Gaisbühel.
2006
AvantGarde magazine, the Netherlands, Fashion editorial and photography Lancôme collection.
2006
Vogue magazine Taiwan, Article.
2006
Ha'aretz daily paper, Israel, Interview.
2005
NRC Handelsblad daily paper, The Netherlands, Article.
2005
Items magazine, the Netherlands, article.
2004
Kunsthaus Vorarlberg, Austria, catalogue.
2001
Halikon publishing house/Mishkenot-Sha'ananim Jerusalem, publication, New poetry by Halikon.


Collections

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

2018- Present
AGALAB (Amsterdam graphic atelier) technichal assistant textile and silk-screen printing.
2015
Textile design, Interior for office space Merkurio, Amsterdam.
2008-2011
Editor, fashion and design, Time-Out magazine, Tel-Aviv.

Work approach

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.