Pierce Healy: Contemporary Jewellery Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? The Musical!

Pierce Healy: Contemporary Jewellery Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? The Musical!

February 24-March 26, 2017

Artist’s Reception: Friday, February 24, 6-8 pm

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Artist Statement

Adornment and jewellery hail from pre-civilisation, as does humour. Hence the pairing of humour with the most intimate applied art form of jewellery is an obvious match. These days Pierce Healy can be found solving his world’s problems creating subversive objects and jewellery often layered with intricate engravings. He refers to himself as a human Swiss army knife; not in an Edward Scissorshands way but in the way he toils in an array of materials and disciplines in addition to the numerous skills he has acquired throughout his life so far.

Within his practice there is no “master plan” each piece is an experiment a study that informs the next piece. He is fascinated by the capacity of jewellery to develop into our most personal of vessels for our story’s and storytelling in addition he is interested in the idea that jewellery is our second skin and when worn becomes something bigger, something other worldly as it takes on the scratches, dings and stories of the wearers adventures. Healy combines his craze for the everyday, drawing, storytelling, mark making and hand engraving to create truly hand-made raw jewellery.

Healy is particularly interested in and the space between the artist and the non-artist and the role of humour in jewellery and how the harnessing of humour in his work can be use as stealth communication device in particular to invite everybody into the conversation.

rings, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, 2017

rings, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, 2017

do you realize how beautiful you are?, pendant, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, leather, 2017

do you realize how beautiful you are?, pendant, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, leather, 2017

rings and bracelet, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, 2017

rings and bracelet, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, 2017

the Stone Age contemporary jeweller asks his father and mother; are you dying for me to wear you?, pendant, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, leather, 2017

the Stone Age contemporary jeweller asks his father and mother;
are you dying for me to wear you?, pendant, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, leather, 2017

when a contemporary jeweller falls in a forest, who cares!, pendant, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, leather

when a contemporary jeweller falls in a forest, who cares!, pendant, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, leather

talismamulets (#1-5), pendants, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, leather, 2017

talismamulets (#1-5), pendants, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, leather, 2017

stable meal, hand engraved pewter and modified found metal and wood objects, 2017

stable meal, hand engraved pewter and modified found metal and wood objects, 2017

volcanic love #1-2, spinning rings, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, 2017

volcanic love #1-2, spinning rings, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, 2017

crustacean’s #4, earrings, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, 2017

crustacean’s #4, earrings, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, 2017

collection of earrings, pendants, and rings, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, leather, found objects, 2017

collection of earrings, pendants, and rings, hand engraved oxidized sterling silver, leather, found objects, 2017

Tom Hill: Odd Bird

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January 13 – February 12, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6-8 pm

Artist Statement:

I have always rather liked Mr. Potato Head… a set of simple features grant life and humor to a lumpen ovoid and vegetable becomes man; evolution in speedy form.

Sweet potatoes have a rather avian form (if you care to think about it) and so a set of generic bird parts; beaks, eyes, feathers, legs, etc. render complex carbs into birds which are, I hope (and please excuse the pun), Yamtastic fun.

Pictured above: Pumpkin Owl, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 9.5 x 9 x 7.5 in.

Brush-head, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 19 x 13 x 8in.

Brush-head, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 19 x 13 x 8 in.

Peanut, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 8 x 5 x 2.5in.

Peanut, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 8 x 5 x 2.5 in.

Chicken 'n Chips, 2016, Wood, brass, steel, copper, paint, 14 x 15 x 7 in.

Chicken ‘n Chips, 2016, Wood, brass, steel, copper, paint, 14 x 15 x 7 in.

Parrotish, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 21.5 x 13 x 8 in.

Serene and Calm, 2016, Wood, brass, steel, copper, paint, 34 x 13 x 7in.

Serene and Calm, 2016, Wood, brass, steel, copper, paint, 34 x 13 x 7 in.

Neep Neep, 2016, Wood, brass, steel, copper, paint, 11 x 11 x 5 in.

neep-neep, 2016, Wood, brass, steel, copper, paint, 10. 5 x 10.5 x 4 in.

Dibber, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 24 x 18 x 17in.

Dibber, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 24 x 18 x 17 in.

Dibber, detail, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 24 x 18 x 17in.

Dibber, detail, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 24 x 18 x 17 in.

Mrspud, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 10.5 x 7 x 3 in.

Sprout, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 15.5 x 12 x 5 in.

Sprout, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 15.5 x 12 x 5 in.

Secretary Bird, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 27.5 x 23 x 11

Secretary Bird, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 27.5 x 23 x 11 in.

Pink Feather, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 19 x 11 x 5in.

Pink Feather, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 19 x 11 x 5 in.

Queer Fish, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 13 x 10 x 8 in.

Queer Fish, 2016, Wood, steel, brass, copper, paint, 13 x 10 x 8 in.