Gene Pijanowski: 30 Years of Jewelry and Objects

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February 5 – March 9, 2014

Velvet Da Vinci is proud to present Gene Pijanowski: 30 Years of Jewelry and Objects.  The historic exhibition will feature over 40 important works by the world  renowned artist from the late 1970‘s through the mid 2000’s, marking the largest gallery exhibition of Pijanowski’s work in over two decades.

The show will run from February 5th through March 9th, 2014. An Opening Reception will take place on Friday February 7th, from 6 to 8 pm.

Eugene (Gene) Pijanowski’s work can be seen as a marriage of eastern and western tradition and style, representing an integration of modernist aesthetics and ancient sensibilities.  Drawing from traditional Japanese concepts, techniques, and materials, the artist investigates the relationships between process and craft, content and form, and meaning and function. Works by Pijanowski can be found in private and museum collections worldwide; highlights include the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, NYC, the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C., the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, and many more.  To view a full PDF of the press release, please click here:  VelvetdaVinci_Pijanowski_PressRelease_FIN

Preview of Featured Works:

Eugene Pijanowski Untitled Medallion, 1980 Bronze 2½" in diameter

Eugene Pijanowski
Untitled Medallion, 1980
Bronze
2½” in diameter

Eugene Pijanowski Skinner’s Blade, 1988 Mokume-gane silver, copper & kurmido knife: 6-¼" x 2-½" x ¼"

Eugene Pijanowski
Skinner’s Blade, 1988
Mokume-gane silver, copper & kurmido
knife: 6-¼” x 2-½” x ¼”

Eugene Pijanowski Untitled Hollowware, 1977 Mokume-gane copper/shakudo 2½" x 2¾" x 3¾"

Eugene Pijanowski
Untitled Hollowware, 1977
Mokume-gane copper/shakudo
2½” x 2¾” x 3¾”

Aeon Profit / Piano Forte

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Velvet Da Vinci is proud to host the US debut of Aeon Profit / Piano Forte, an installation of wearable objects made from reincarnated piano parts by the Swedish jewelry design collective A5.

The show, which has previously exhibited in both Stockholm and Munich, will run from February 5th through March 9th, 2014.  An Opening Reception will take place on Friday February 7th, from 6 to 8 pm.

Musical instruments and jewelry share several fundamental similarities: a rich tradition of craftsmanship, function, ornamentation, and inherent value. Both are meant to last generations and to be passed from individual to individual. Thus when an instrument or a piece of jewelry is no longer wanted or needed it falls into a particular space of limbo, the owner wishes to part with the item yet at the same time hopes that it will continue its existence. It is in this way that the group A5, Adam Grinovich, Romina Fuentes, and Annika Pettersson, came into contact with a piano.  To view a full PDF of the press release, please click here: VelvetDaVinci_PRESSRELEASE_PianoForte2014

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Kay Sekimachi + June Schwarcz

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Kay + June: April 1 – 30, 2014

In celebration of the SFO Museum’s exhibition “Turn, Weave, Fire, and Fold: Vessels from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection,” Velvet Da Vinci is proud to exhibit an important collection of works by two California masters, fiber artist Kay Sekimachi and enamelist June Schwarcz.  The show will run from April 1st through the 30th, 2014.  To view a full PDF of the press release, please click the link below:

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Featured Works:

Kay Sekimachi Vessel #5, 2014 Khaki paper with linen threads 6 3/4 X 5"

Kay Sekimachi
Vessel #5, 2014
Khaki paper with linen threads
6 3/4 X 5″

Kay Sekimachi Vessel #02, 2014 Brown hornets nest paper bowl 6 3/4" X 3 1/4"

Kay Sekimachi
Vessel #02, 2014
Brown hornets nest paper bowl
6 3/4″ X 3 1/4″

Kay Sekimachi Vessel #4, 2014 Orange antique paper 6 3/4 X 3 1/4"

Kay Sekimachi
Vessel #4, 2014
Orange antique paper
6 3/4 X 3 1/4″

Kay Sekimachi Vessel #1, 2014 Pink/yellow handmade paper with inclusion 5 3/4 X 3 1/2"

Kay Sekimachi
Vessel #1, 2014
Pink/yellow handmade paper with inclusion
5 3/4 X 3 1/2″

Kay Sekimachi Black + White Twine Lines Split ply, paper cord, Danish twine Approximately 10 X 6 X 5" each

Kay Sekimachi
Black + White Twine Lines
Split ply, paper cord, Danish twine
Approximately 10 X 6 X 5″ each

Kay Sekimachi Pendant , 2012 Painted coral on string Necklace: 21" long, Pendant, 1" wide

Kay Sekimachi
Pendant , 2012
Painted coral on string
Necklace: 21″ long, Pendant, 1″ wide

Kay Sekimachi Necklace (Bubbles), 2011 Bubble shells, paper twine 9 1/2" long

Kay Sekimachi
Necklace (Bubbles), 2011
Bubble shells, paper twine
9 1/2″ long

Kay Sekimachi Dots II, 2011 Linen, Warp (DXE) 11 1/2 X 11 3/4"

Kay Sekimachi
Dots II, 2011
Linen, Warp (DXE)
11 1/2 X 11 3/4″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2376, 2012 Copper, enamel 8 1/2 X 8 C 7 1/4"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2376, 2012
Copper, enamel
8 1/2 X 8 C 7 1/4″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2461, 2012 Copper, enamel 4 X 6 X 10 1/2"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2461, 2012
Copper, enamel
4 X 6 X 10 1/2″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2454, 2012 Silver 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 X 10 1/2"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2454, 2012
Silver
8 1/2 X 8 1/2 X 10 1/2″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2496, 2013 Copper, enamel 6 X 6.5 X 8"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2496, 2013
Copper, enamel
6 X 6.5 X 8″

June Schwarcz Vessel 1007 Copper, enamel 4 x 4 1/2 X 6"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 1007
Copper, enamel
4 x 4 1/2 X 6″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2371, 2009 Copper, enamel 4 x 4 1/2 X 6"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2371, 2009
Copper, enamel
4 x 4 1/2 X 6″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2383, 2009 Copper, enamel 4 x 4 1/2 X 7"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2383, 2009
Copper, enamel
4 x 4 1/2 X 7″

June Schwarcz Vessel 2415, 2010 Copper, enamel 6 X 4 X 6 1/2"

June Schwarcz
Vessel 2415, 2010
Copper, enamel
6 X 4 X 6 1/2″

The Earring Show 2

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The Earring Show 2:  May 21 – June 29, 2014

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Velvet da Vinci celebrates the publication of New Earrings by Nicolas Estrada.

May 21 – June 29, 2014
Artists’ Reception: Friday, May 23, 6-8pm

Participating Artists:  

Anne Bader / Germany, Rike Bartels / Germany, Ela Bauer / Netherlands, Catalina Brenes / Costa Rica, Angela Bubash / US, Liesbet Bussche / Netherlands, Petra Class / US, Andy Cooperman / US, Pilar Cotter / Spain, Nikki Couppee / US, Babette von Dohnanyi / Germany, Lluis Duran / Spain, Nicolas Estrada / Spain, Mirla Fernandes / Brazil, Hella Ganor / Israel, Julia Harrison / US, Liisa Hashimoto / Japan, Joanne Haywood / UK, Peter Hoogeboom / Netherlands, Iris Saar Issacs / Australia, Beate Klockmann / Netherlands, Daphne Krinos / UK, Felieke van der Leest / Norway, Judy McCaig / Spain, Martin Papcùn / Czech Republic, Katja Prins / Netherlands, Vina Rust / US, Biba Schutz / US, Karin Seufert / Germany, Jan Smith / Canada, Antje Stolz / Germany, Rudee Tancharoen / Thailand, Amy Tavern / US, Emily Watson / US, Sayumi Yokouchi / US

Exhibition organized by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal, and Velvet da Vinci.

Highlighted Works:

Babette Von Dohnanyi Earrings, Rocks, 2012 Sterling silver plated, Jet

Babette Von Dohnanyi, Earrings, “Rocks,” 2012, Sterling silver plated, Jet

Anne Bader Calotta, 2011 Sterling silver, partially gold plated Photo credit: Stefano Zanini

Anne Bader, Calotta, 2011, Sterling silver, partially gold plated, Photo credit: Stefano Zanini

Karin Seufert Ear-pendants 184, 2004 PVC, sterling silver, thread

Karin Seufert, Ear-pendants 184, 2004, PVC, sterling silver, thread

Felieke Van der Leest Earrings, Don & Bob Digger 14kt gold, plastic

Felieke Van der Leest, Earrings, “Don & Bob Digger,” 14kt gold, plastic

Sayumi Yokouchi Two Structures, Earrings Colored wire, sterling silver, spessartite garnet, thread

Sayumi Yokouchi, Earrings, “Two Structures,” Colored wire, sterling silver, spessartite garnet, thread

Peter Hoogeboom Jugs Ear Jewels, 1996 Ceramic, sterling silver, cork

Peter Hoogeboom, Jugs Ear Jewels, 1996, Ceramic, sterling silver, cork

Joanne Haywood Earrings, Cloudberry, 2007 Oxidized sterling silver and textile

Joanne Haywood, Earrings, Cloudberry, 2007, Oxidized sterling silver and textile

Katja Prins Flower Earrings, 2006 Sterling silver, plastic

Katja Prins, Flower Earrings, 2006, Sterling silver, plastic

Pilar Cotter Earring Sterling silver, porcelain

Pilar Cotter, Earring, Sterling silver, porcelain

Nicolas Estrada Calaveritas 2 Sterling silver, pearl, glass

Nicolas Estrada, Calaveritas 2, Sterling silver, pearl, glass

Mirla Fernandes Earables, 2005/2013 Latex and magnets

Mirla Fernandes, Earables, 2005/2013, Latex and magnets

Beate Klockman Earrings, Dubble Sunrise, 2011 Gold

Beate Klockman, Earrings, Dubble Sunrise, 2011, Gold

Judy McCaig Tiempo, 2014 Sterling silver, 18kt and 22kt gold

Judy McCaig, Tiempo, 2014, Sterling silver, 18kt and 22kt gold

Liisa Hashimoto Red Ladder Earrings, 2014 Sterling silver, acrylic paint

Liisa Hashimoto, Red Ladder Earrings, 2014, Sterling silver, acrylic paint

Julia Harrison, Earrings, Various woods, sterling silver, mixed media

Julia Harrison, Earrings, Various woods, sterling silver, mixed media

Antje Stolz Spiderstones, Blue, Red, & Green, 2013 Slate veneer, remanium, enamel-paint, pearl silk

Antje Stolz, Spiderstones, Blue, Red, & Green, 2013, Slate veneer, remanium, enamel-paint, pearl silk

Rike Bartels Orschmuck, 2013, Gold, brass, synth. ruby

Rike Bartels, Orschmuck, 2013, Gold, brass, synth. ruby

Emily Watson Double Dip Earrings- peach and seaglass Corian and sterling silver

Emily Watson, Double Dip Earrings- peach and seaglass, Corian and sterling silver

Nikki Couppee

Nikki Couppee, Earrings, Plexiglass, brass, fine silver, sterling silver

Ela Bauer Earrings Colour, Red/Red polyurethane, silver

Ela Bauer, Earrings Colour, Red/Red, polyurethane, silver

Daphne krinos Olive Oil Earrings Silver, citrines Photo: Joel Degen

Daphne Krinos, Olive Oil Earrings, Silver, citrines, Photo: Joel Degen

Iris Saar Isaacs Pebble Earrings, 2013 Anodized Aluminium, Stainless Steel Photography: Ben Hermans

Iris Saar Isaacs, Pebble Earrings, 2013 Anodized Aluminium, Stainless Steel Photography: Ben Hermans

Angela Bubash Fin #35 Sterling silver, vintage coral

Angela Bubash, Fin #35, Sterling silver, vintage coral

Petra Class Earrings Diamond, blue sapphire, aquamarine, yellow sapphire, ruby, pearl, 22k/18k gold

Petra Class, Earrings, Diamond, blue sapphire, aquamarine, yellow sapphire, ruby, pearl, 22k/18k gold

Lluis Duran Cheval de mer (Horse of the Sea), 2010 Oxidized sterling silver, 18k yellow gold, ruby and pearl

Lluis Duran, Cheval de mer (Horse of the Sea), 2010, Oxidized sterling silver, 18k yellow gold, ruby and pearl

Catalia Brenes Pasa, 2014 Oxidized Silver, 24kt gold foil Photo Credit: Riccardo Rivello

Catalia Brenes, Pasa, 2014, Oxidized Silver, 24kt gold foil, Photo Credit: Riccardo Rivello

Jan Smith Cone Weir Basket, 2013 Sterling silver

Jan Smith, Cone Weir Basket, 2013, Sterling silver

Hella Ganor Earrings #2153 Sterling Silver

Hella Ganor, Earrings #2153, Sterling Silver

Rudee TancharoenEarrings, Armonia 02 Sterling silver, Copper; hammered, fabricated, oxidized

Rudee Tancharoen, Earrings, Armonia 02, Sterling silver, Copper; hammered, fabricated, oxidized

Liesbet Bussche

Liesbet Bussche, Urban Jewelry (Photograph)

Andy Cooperman

Andy Cooperman, Cauliflower Earrings, Sterling silver, 14k, stainless steel wires

Vina Rust

Vina Rust, Uncurling Series, Sterling silver, cultured freshwater pearl, 14k gold

Biba Schutz

Biba Schutz, Earrings, Antler, rough garnet

Martin Papcún, Earrings

Martin Papcún, Earrings, Bandages and Swarovski crystals

Amy Tavern, Gold Bow Earrings, Sterling silver, spray paint

Amy Tavern, Gold Bow Earrings, Sterling silver, spray paint

Delirio y Cordura (Delirium and Sanity)

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Delirio y Cordura (Delirium and Sanity): Chilean Contemporary Jewelry

July 9 – August 10, 2014

An exhibition catalog is available.

Carolina Gimeno, Yessica Bordón, Rocco Napoli, María Eugenia Muñoz, Verónica Pérez Artigas, Claudio Pino, Rafaela Pruzzo, Nano Pulgar, and Paola Raggo will be present at the Opening Reception.

Special Saturday morning lectures by Carolina Gimeno, Nano Pulgar and Paola Raggo speak about Contemporary Jewelry in Chile.  July 12, 11am 12 noon.  Refreshments will be served.  Don’t miss this special event!

In the ten years since Joyas Jóias, Velvet da Vinci’s first exhibition of Latin American jewelry, there has been a growing awareness and appreciation for the achievements of contemporary jewelers in Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Brazil. For our exhibition, Delirio y Cordura (Delirium and Sanity) we concentrate on contemporary Chilean jewelry artists. Each jeweler was inspired by the themes of delirium and sanity, choosing one or both concepts. The idea of harmony and balance versus  insanity and irrationality influence the creation of each work through an exploration of shape, color, material, and concept.  Chaos, out of order.

Participating Artists:

Carolina Gimeno, Carolina Hornaüer, Claudia Correa, Claudio Pino, Francisco Ceppi, Gabriela Fissore, María Eugenia Muñoz, María Ignacia Walker, Nicolás Hernandez, Paola Raggo, Pía Walker, Rafaella Pruzzo, Rocco Napoli, Valentina Rosenthal, Verónica Pérez Artigas, Walka, Yessica Bordon
Preview of Highlighted Works:
Walke Studio Velvet da Vinci

Walka, T-Oro Sagrado Bull horn, gold plating brass, steel 6 x 6 x 4.5 cm

Carolina Gimeno Velvet da Vinci

Carolina Gimeno, Encounter IV, Brooch Birch, sterling silver 13 x 11 x 5 cm

Nicolas Hernandez Velvet da Vinci

Nicolas Hernandez, Este colgante no te traerá suerte, Pendant: oxidizad copper, silver 999, fire enamel, 9 x 8 x 0.5 cm

Maria Eugenia Munoz Ring: Delirium Tremensdoscópicos Sterling silver, copper, acrylic, mirror, Swarovski crystal 4.5 x 2.5 x 3 cm

María Eugenia Muñoz, Ring: Delirium Tremensdoscópicos, Sterling silver, copper, acrylic, mirror, Swarovski crystal, 4.5 x 2.5 x 3 cm

​Maria Ignacia Walker Rings: Corales de Madera Wood

María Ignacia Walker, Rings: Corales de Madera, Wood

Valentina Rosenthal Brooch: De Lirios session 3 Enamel, polyurethane, silver 12 x 6 cm

Valentina Rosenthal, Brooch: De Lirios session 3, Enamel, polyurethane, silver, 12 x 6 cm

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Carolina Hornaüer, Brooch: Ismos #1 Rigid polystyrene foam, japanese lacquer, silver, enameled stoneware ceramic 7 x 6 x 7 cm

Gabriela Fissore Piece: Cor Silver, copper, japanese lacquer 19cm

Gabriela Fissore, Cor, Silver, copper, japanese lacquer, 19cm

Paola Raggo Necklace: Caos al viento Sterling silver, stainless steel, resin, impression 6.7 x 4 x 4 cm, chain length: 37 cm

Paola Raggo, Necklace: Caos al viento, Sterling silver, stainless steel, resin, impression, 6.7 x 4 x 4 cm, chain length: 37 cm

Pia Walker Pendant: Rotamiento Steel, copper, acrylic, aluminium

Pía Walker, Pendant: Rotamiento, Steel, copper, acrylic, aluminium

Claudio Pino Velvet da Vinci

Claudio Pino Ring: Tactus Sterling silver, brass, copper, moonstone, pink tourmaline

Rafaella Pruzzo Necklace: Molindore Oxidized silver, book pages 21 x 18 x 5 cm

Rafaella Pruzzo, Necklace: Molindore, Oxidized silver, book pages, 21 x 18 x 5 cm

Claudia Correa Necklace: Rochard 1 Sterling silver, copper, brass, patina 20 x 12 cm

Claudia Correa, Necklace: Rochard 1, Sterling silver, copper, brass, patina, 20 x 12 cm

​Francisco Ceppi Ring: Hands Up This is a Jewelry Sterling silver, resin, plastic 6 x 3.5 cm

​Francisco Ceppi, Hands Up This is a Jewelry, Sterling silver, resin, plastic, 6 x 3.5 cm

Veronica Perez, Brooch: silver 970, gold 18, pearl, 3.5 x 2.2 cm

Verónica Pérez Artigas, Brooch: silver 970, gold 18, pearl, 3.5 x 2.2 cm

Yessica Bordon, La Templanza, oxidized silver with murano glass drops

Yessica Bordon, La Templanza, oxidized silver with murano glass drops

The exhibition is curated by Paola Raggo, Claudia Correa, and María Eugenia Muñoz Curbelo. A special thank you to Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, (National Council for Culture and the Arts), Chile.  Additional support from Delirios Contemporaneos and The Canada Council for the Arts.

Additional Credits:

Project Coordinator – Director / María Eugenia Muñoz Curbelo

Guest Collaborator – Project Coordinator/ Claudio Pino

Producer – Designer / Verónica Pérez Artigas

Assistant / Rafaella Pruzzo

Photographer / Karen Clunes

To download the full press release for the exhibition, please click here: PRESS RELEASE

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Joanna Gollberg: Collected: An Exploration of Travel Through Jewelry

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Joanna Gollberg’s most recent body of work considers the experiences of travel, observation, and enlightenment through the form of jewelry.  Inspired by her own personal collection of coral, shells, and other keepsakes gathered while traveling the world, the exhibition will feature an exciting new series created from precious and semi precious materials, as well as found objects.  Found in Mexico, Western North Carolina, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam, these tokens serve as a physical reminder of the place from which they came, their histories, and the artist’s connection to each experience.  The exhibition will also include a selection of documentary photographs, taken by the artist on each trip.

On this pivotal new body of work, Gollberg writes:  

I had never before given myself permission to use (these elements) in my jewelry, because they were physical objects that kept me connected to places that made my whole heart feel crushingly full…  I chose to use techniques that I rarely employ in my day to day jewelry making life—mold making, wax carving, casting, enameling which gave me deep pleasure. I freely used gemstones and materials that suited each piece,disregarding any pre-planned price structure… The results are twofold: I am spiritually refreshed and ready to re-enter my work life anew, and I have created a body of work that is personally meaningful, yet still beautiful and true to my aesthetic.”

With a Jewelry Design degree from FIT in New York City, Gollberg has been creating and exhibiting unique wearable objects since 1997.  A well-known and respected author, she has written four books on handcrafted jewelry: Making Metal JewelryCreative Metal CraftsThe Art & Craft of Making Jewelry, and The Ultimate Jeweler’s Guide.  Her work has been included in gallery and museum exhibitions across the US and has been featured in international publications such as Art Jewelry MagazineLapidary JournalOrnament Magazine1000 Rings500 Wedding Rings500 Enameled Objects, and 21st Century Jewelry.   Currently based out of Asheville, North Carolina, the artist also teaches at noted craft institutions such as the Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts.

CLICK HERE to download a full press release for the exhibition.

Highlighted Works:
JG_Azul y Shell pendientes moldeados_Earrings

Joanna Gollberg, Azul y Shell pendientes moldeados (Earrings), Sterling Silver, Blue Topaz, Shell (Mexico), Concrete (Mexico), Plastic (Mexico), Beads: Turquoise, Iolite, Green Turquoise

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Joanna Gollberg, Wng thxng kạb khelụ̄xb s̄ī f̂ā læa h̄æwn muk วงทองกับเคลือบสีฟ้าและแหวนมุก (Ring), 18K Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver, Freshwater Pearl, Blue Enamel (on cast shell from Mexico)

JG_El collar de citrino amarillo y otras cosas_Necklace

Joanna Gollberg, El collar de citrino amarillo y otras cosas (Necklace), Sterling silver, Yellow rock (Mexico), brown glass (Western NC), citrine, coral (Mexico), yellow enamel, Citrine beads

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Joanna Gollberg, El Grande Collar de los Coralinos (Necklace) Sterling silver, Coral (Mexico), Hydro Peridot, Peridot, Apatite, Turquoise, Lab Sapphire, Topaz, Chalcedony

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Joanna Gollberg, pendientes de cristal verde, ópalo, y coral fundido (Earrings), Sterling silver, Green Glass (Mexico), Sunstone, Peridot, Emerald, Opal

JG_Red Pop Top Coral Earring

Joanna Gollberg, Red Pop Top & Coral Earrings, Sterling Silver, Aluminum (Western NC), Garnet, Coral, Simulated Ruby

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JG_Sithrin laea peluxk hxy tang hu Teo_Earrings

Joanna Gollberg, Sithrin læa pelụ̄xk h̄xy t̀āng h̄ū Teo k̄hā ซิทรีนและเปลือกหอยต่างหูสองข (Earrings), Sterling Silver, Citrine, Shell (Thailand)

JG_sam tang hu hin thi mi peluxk hxy_Earrings

Joanna Gollberg, S̄ām t̀āng h̄ū h̄in thī̀ mī pelụ̄xk h̄̂xy สามต่างหูหินที่มีเปลือกห้อย (Earrings), Sterling Silver, Blue Chalcedony, Green Glass (Mexico), Concrete (Mexico), Blue Sapphire

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Joanna Golberg, Mrkt læa s̄r̂xy khx ngein bāth มรกตและสร้อยคอเงินบาท (Necklace), Black Acrylic, Yellow Diamond (.10 ct), Green Enamel (On cast Thai Baht), Green Onyx, Rough Emerald, Peridot, Shell (Mexico), Lemon Quartz, Malachite, Beads: Emerald

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JG_Hare kanca aura lakha jhumake_Earrings

Joanna Gollberg, हरे कांच और लाख झुमके Harē kān̄ca aura lākha jhumakē (Earrings), Sterling Silver, 18K Gold Bi-metal, Citrine, Green Glass (Mexico), Green Onyx, Lac Jewelry Pieces (India)

JG_Gama aura khola broca_Brooch

Joanna Gollberg, गम और खोल ब्रोच Gama aura khōla brōca (Brooch), Sterling Silver, Blue Pottery Shard (Western NC), Lapis, Amethyst Crystal, Amethyst, Dried Gum (Mexico), Pink Opal, Concrete (Mexico), Turquoise, Green Enamel (On cast shell from Mexico), Green Onyx

JG_el collar de la garra del cangrejo_Necklace

Joanna Gollberg, el collar de la garra del cangrejo (Necklace), Sterling Silver, Blue Chalcedony, Crab Claw (Mexico)

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JG_Ninta civappu rattina puttar kataṇika_Earrings

Joanna Gollberg, Nīṇṭa civappu rattiṉa puttar kātaṇika நீண்ட சிவப்பு ரத்தின புத்தர் காதணிகள் (Earrings), Sterling Silver, Garnet, Shell (Mexico), Pink Tourmaline, Ruby, Antique Carved Ivory (India)

JG_Rosa Shell Circulo Pendiente_Earrings

Joanna Gollberg, Rosa Shell Circulo Pendiente (Earrings), Sterling silver, 18K gold Bi-metal, blue topaz, pink opal, shell (Mexico), Rubelite

JG_El Anillo de coral fundido y Turmalina_Ring

Joanna Gollberg, El Anillo de coral fundido y Turmalina (Ring), Sterling silver, Pink Tourmaline

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JG_Rubi aura korala hara_Necklace

Joanna Gollberg, रूबी और कोरल हार Rūbī aura kōrala hāra (Necklace), Sterling silver, Coral (Mexico), Lab Ruby, natural faceted flat ruby, natural faceted rubies, Natural ruby rough, Carnelian

JG_Puttar poti maram nakaiya_Necklace

Joanna Gollberg, புத்தர் போதி மரம் நகையை Puttar pōti maram nakaiyai (Necklace), Sterling silver, Green Chalcedony, Blue Chalcedony, Sapphire

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Joanna Gollberg, புத்தர் வளையம் Puttar vaḷaiyam (Ring), Sterling Silver, Ruby

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JG_Hathi Broca_Brooch

Joanna Gollberg, Hathi Broca हाथी ब्रोच (Brooch), Sterling silver, 18k gold bi-metal, freshwater pearl, Larimar, Shell (Mexico), Blue diamond (.10 ct)

Joanna Gollberg, புத்தர் போதி மரம் நகையை Puttar pōti maram nakaiyai (Necklace), Sterling silver, Green Chalcedony, Blue Chalcedony, Sapphire

JG_Blue Rock Necklace

Joanna Gollberg, Blue Rock Necklace, Pottery shard (My mom’d driveway), Stone (Western NC), Lapis

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JG_de color rosa pendientes de concha y rubi_Earrings

Joanna Gollberg, de color rosa pendientes de concha y rubí (Earrings), Sterling Silver, 18K Gold Bi-Metal, Lab-Created Rubies, Shell (Mexico), Pink Opal, Rubies (India)

JG_Klum xạỵmṇi læa krngleb srxy khx hxy_Necklace

Joanna Gollberg, Klùm xạỵmṇī læa krnglĕb s̄r̂xy khx h̄̂xy กลุ่มอัญมณีและกรงเล็บสร้อยคอห้อย (Necklace), Sterling silver, 18K Gold, Peridot, Carnelian, Malachite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Shell

Garry Knox Bennett: Full Circle

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Mayfly, 2014, Wood, brass, sand, beads, paint, copper-plating, bronze-plating, paint, 11”h x 8”w x 6”d.  Photo: Hap Sakwa

Garry Knox Bennett: Full Circle 
October 1 – 31, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday October 3, 6 – 8pm

American furniture maker, woodworker, and metal artist Garry Knox Bennett has been celebrated for his innovative sculptural and functional objects for over 40 years. Garry Knox Bennett: Full Circle marks the California native artist’s 80th birthday this October, highlighting a body of new works made in the spirt of the 1960’s. Inspired by his background as a jeweler and metal plater, the show will feature 50 sculptural roach clips, a popular item sold at the artist’s historic San Francisco shop Squirkenworks almost 4 decades ago. For one time only, Velvet da Vinci turns from gallery to head shop, in honor of Bennett’s important historic and contemporary contributions to the Craft field.

Bennett’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Mint Museum of Arts and Design in Charlotte NC, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Oakland Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Washington DC’s Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. A graduate of the California College of Arts And Crafts, Bennett was featured in a solo retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City in 2001 and has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Alliance Award (2011), the Furniture Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), the American Craft Council College of Fellows (1996), and the Merit Grant National Endowment for the Arts (1984). The artist has lived and works in Oakland, CA for nearly 40 years.

To download a full PDF Press Release for the exhibition, please CLICK HERE.

A Selection of Featured Works:

Garry Knox Bennett

Post-Modernist Dung-Beetle, 2014, Wood, brass, Tagua nut (vegetable ivory), beads, paint, sand copper, 8”h x 8 1/2”w x 4 1/2”d.

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Take Your Medicine, 2014, Antique bottle, silver spoon, cork, wood, paint, 6 1/2”h x 6”w x 4 1/2”d.

Garry Knox Bennett

Untitled (Carved Rattle-snake on Gold Ball), 2014, Wood, carved bone, Nevamar, brass, gold-leaf, 7″h x 4 1/2″w x 2 1/2″d.

Garry Knox Bennett

Oozer, 2014, Wood, aluminum, brass, epoxy, wing-nut, washer 6 3/4”h x 3 1/4”w x 3 1/4”d.

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Black Snake, 2014, Wood, brass, bead, 23kt gold-plating 5”h x 8”w x 3 1/2”d

Garry Knox Bennett

Dung Beetle with Red Ball, 2014, Wood, Tagua nut (vegetable ivory), brass, straw, sand, rocks, 6 1/2”h x 7”w x 5”d

Garry Knox Bennett

Dripping Fawcett, 2014, Brass, aluminum, lucite, ColorCore 7 1/2”h x 4”w x 4”d.

Garry Knox Bennett

X Ball, 2014, Wood, ColorCore, aluminum, brass, bolt 5 3/4”h x 5”w x 5”d.

Garry Knox Bennett

Untitled, 2014, Wood, brass, bronze – silver and 23kt gold-plating 8”h x 9”w x 4”d.

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Coral Snake, 2014, copper, Bond-O, paint, 10 1/2”h x 4 1/2”w x 4 1/2”d.

Garry Knox Bennett

Untitled, 2014, Wood, brass screws, 23kt gold-plating 7 1/4”h x 3 1/2”w x 3 1/2”d.

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Dracula, 2014, Burger King plastic Simpson character, brass, silver-plating & 23kt gold-plating, 9”h x 3 1/2”w x 3 1/2”d. Photo: Hap Sakwa

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Making More Dung-Beetles, 2014, Wood, Tagua nut (vegetable ivory), copper, beads, sand, bronze-plating, 8”h x 10 1/4”h x 6 1/4”d. Photo: Hap Sakwa

Garry Knox Bennett

Untitled (Clip and Stash), 2014, Brass, bronze-plating, 23k gold-plating, 7 3/4″h x 4 1/2″w x 4 1/24″d.

Garry Knox Bennett

Multi-axis Spindle Twirling with Gizmo, 2014, Wood, brass, paint 8”h x 3”w x 1”d.

Garry Knox Bennett

Golgatha, 2014, Wood, Nevamar, brass, copper, 23kt gold-plating 13”h x 8”w x 7”d.

Garry Knox Bennett

Cluster-f– 2, 2014, Wood, brass, 23kt gold plating, 6 1/2″h x 4 1/8″h x 4 1/8″d.

Garry Know Bennett

Untitled (Painted Twirling), 2014, Painted twirling wood, brass, copper, 9 1/2″h x 4 1/8″w x 4 1/2″d.

Garry Knox Bennett

Arachnid Attack, 2014, Wood, brass, beads, sand, copper, paint, flocking, bronze-plating, 23kt gold-plating, 10 1/4”h x 7”w x 4 3/4”d.

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Garry Knox Bennett in his Oakland, CA studio, with the original sign from his Union Street SF shop, Squirkenworks.

Amy Tavern: In Between / I Live Here Now

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October 18 – 31, 2014
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 18, 7pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 6-8pm

 

In conjunction with her artist residency at the California College of the Arts, Velvet da Vinci is proud to present Amy Tavern’s recent body of work “I Live Here Now” and a site specific installation “In Between” at Velvet da Vinci.

I’ve been without a home by circumstance and by choice for several years. In 2012, I began traveling in the US and abroad for my work, rarely spending extended periods of time in any one location. This new lifestyle made me realize I don’t know where I want to live, and I find myself searching for this seemingly elusive place today. While I am content to be without a home, I long for that one place where I feel most myself, a place where I want to stay. In an effort to find what I’m looking for, I was compelled to define and redefine home through research, writing and object making, as well as examining my past, my present and my future. 

Artist Statement:

Over the past year, I have explored ideas of home in three distinctive places. Arriving in Iceland for the first time, I felt attune with myself and with my surroundings in a way I had never felt before. The pieces I made in a two-month residency there illustrate feelings of belonging and of being found. In my childhood home in New York, I reflected on my relationships with my family as well as relationships with the places I’ve lived in the United States. The foundation of my artistic sources and countless other details were revealed as I considered individual people and locations. Further, through all the places I have traveled, I have become keenly aware of my ability to find home in the unknown. In all of these places, Iceland, the US and countries abroad, I examined memories and focused on things that carry emotional weight. I also relied on the language of jewelry, looking to a variety of historical forms for guidance. 

“I Live Here Now” represents what home means to me as well as the memories and emotions associated with the different places that are a part of my collective home. Jewelry, objects, text, photographs, ritual, arrangements and installation serve to demonstrate my ideas and to establish a unique narrative. Ultimately, I know my home is the place where I am truly myself, and, essentially, I know now that I don’t need a physical location to call home; my home is me and it is wherever I am.

– Amy Tavern

Featured Images:

Amy Tavern, I Can Only Stay Away for So Long No. 1-7, 2014, Icelandic wool

Amy Tavern, I Can Only Stay Away for So Long No. 1-7, 2014, Icelandic wool

Amy Tavern, Since 1882, Since 1976, 2014, Stones from the foundation of my childhood home, sterling silver, vintage velvet jewelry box

Amy Tavern, Since 1882, Since 1976, 2014, Stones from the foundation of my childhood home, sterling
silver, vintage velvet jewelry box

Amy Tavern, Since 1882, Since 1976, 2014, Stones from the foundation of my childhood home, sterling silver

Amy Tavern, Since 1882, Since 1976, 2014, Stones from the foundation of my childhood home, sterling silver

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Caroline Gore …mercurial silence…

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Velvet da Vinci, Caroline Gore, Revenir (performed), Tintype 2013, Photo: Mary Whalen

Caroline Gore, Revenir (performed), Tintype 2013, Photo: Mary Whalen

Caroline Gore …mercurial silence…

November 5-30, 2014

Artist’s Reception: Friday, November 7, 6-8 pm

To read a recent Art Jewelry Forum interview with the artist, CLICK HERE.

Caroline Gore’s recent series …mercurial silence… is the culmination of an investigation of how grief and loss manifest in society.  This body of work considers comparative meanings sought through the multidisciplinary research of historical jewelry, Roman myth, photographic materials, and functional/sculptural objects as they relate to commonalities across human experience.

With an undergraduate degree in Crafts (jewelry focus) from Virginia Commonwealth University and a graduate degree in Metal Design from East Carolina University, Gore is known on a national level for her expansive and thought provoking studio practice.  Ranging from small-scale wearable pieces to multimedia sculptural installations, large scale drawings, and conceptual photographic objects, Gore’s work be found in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Racine Art Museum, and numerous private collections.  Her jewelry has been featured in group and solo exhibitions across the US, in addition to publications such as Metalsmith Magazine and the 500 series books published by Lark Books.  The artist currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she serves as an Associate Professor of Jewelry/Metals in the Craft & Material Studies program at The University of the Arts. 

To download a full PDF Press Release for the exhibition, please CLICK HERE.

A Selection of Featured Works:

Caroline Gore, Detail of Collide (performed), Tintype, brass, 8 x 10 inches, 2013, photo: Mary Whalen

 Caroline Gore, Detail of Collide (performed), Tintype, brass, 8 x 10 inches, 2013, photo: Mary Whalen


Caroline Gore, Detail of Collide (performed), Tintype, brass, 8 x 10 inches, 2013, photo: Mary Whalen

Caroline Gore, Detail of Collide (performed), Tintype, brass, 8 x 10 inches, 2013, photo: Mary Whalen

Caroline Gore, Detail of Collide (performed), Tintype, brass, 8 x 10 inches, 2013, photo: Mary Whalen

Caroline Gore, Detail of Collide (performed), Tintype, brass, 8 x 10 inches, 2013, photo: Mary Whalen

Caroline Gore, Detail of Collide (performed), Tintype, brass, 8 x 10 inches, 2013, photo: Mary Whalen

Detail of: Collide (performed in three successions), Tintype, brass, 8 x 10 inches, 2013 , Photo: Mary Whalen

Detail of: Collide (performed in three successions), Tintype, brass, 8 x 10 inches, 2013 , Photo: Mary Whalen

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Caroline Gore, Brooch, 2014

Caroline Gore

Caroline Gore, Chorus, 2013, Reclaimed wood (cherry) from inherited furniture, brass
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Caroline Gore

Caroline Gore, Revenir, for Niobe (performed), 2014, Tintype (Mary Whalen), oxidized sterling silver, brass, leather

Caroline Gore, Seven Dresses, 2014

Caroline Gore, Seven Dresses, 2014

Carloine Gore

Installation View