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

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Caroline Gore, Chorus, 2013, Reclaimed wood (cherry) from inherited furniture, brass
, overall dimensions of groupings are variable

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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

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Installation View

Tom Hill: Buckle

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Tom Hill: Buckle
January 21 – February 28, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday January 23, 6-8 pm

 

Tom Hill is a sculptor, draftsman, and jeweler whose work is an exploration of the natural world, most notably in sculptural objects depicting birds and animals in motion.  Utilizing materials such as mild steel wire, copper, enamel, pigments, and most recently hand-dyed and found textiles, the artist creates objects that often imply, in effect, a three-dimensional “sketch.”  His most recent series of wearable pieces examines a commonly underappreciated object – the belt buckle.  Both ornamental and operational in nature, the belt buckle simultaneously serves as a clasp for fastening two ends and a personal statement of individuality.  Hill’s one-of-a-kind buckles play with this notion of form vs. function, exploring aesthetic and functional methods of binding, stitching, and joining. From the summation of many parts, one individual object is fastened. Keeping your pants up, artfully.

Born in Rochford, Essex, England, Hill studied at Ipswich School of Art and Middlesex University, London and currently lives and work in San Francisco.  His work has exhibited at museums and galleries on an international level; highlights include solo exhibitions at ARTspace at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), the Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA), and the De Morgan Centre, (London, UK).  The artist’s pieces can be found globally in corporate, public, and private collections; notable commissions include projects for the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Tampa, FL), the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London, UK), and the John Lewis Department Store (Southampton, UK).  His work has been included in numerous publications such as Metalsmith magazine (US),CRART Magazine (South Korea), as well as Lark Books’ 500 Broches and 1000 Rings.  Hill has been represented by Velvet da Vinci for nearly two decades.  

Tom Hill, Enamel Grid, 2014, Brass, copper, vitreous enamel, gold leaf

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Tom Hill, Blue Moon, 2014, Carved basswood, brass, enamel paint , acrylic paint , gesso , gold leaf

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Tom Hill, Stitched White Canvas Oval, 2014, Block Printed Canvas, hand dyed cotton lawn, polyester thread, mild steel

Tom Hill, Stitched Vertical Bars, 2014, Hand dyed canvas, cotton lawn, polyester thread, mild steel

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Tom Hill, Large Owl Head, 2015, Mild Steel

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Tom Hill, Six Squares, 2014, Carved basswood, brass, acrylic paint, white gold leaf

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Tom Hill, Wire Oblong, 2014, Mild Steel

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Tom Hill, Spiral Pair, 2015, Mild Steel, gold leaf

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Tom Hill, Red Square, 2015, Carved basswood, copper, brass, gesso, acrylic paint

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Tom Hill, Stitched Hoops, 2015, Hand dyed cotton, found denim, polyester thread, mild steel

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Tom Hill, Studio View, 2015

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Tom Hill, Buckle Sketch 1, 2014

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Tom Hill, Buckle Sketch 2, 2014

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Tom Hill, Buckle Sketch 3, 2014

To download a PDF of the full press release, CLICK HERE.

Jane Dodd: Rococo Revolution

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January 21- February 28, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday January 23, 6-8 pm

Inspired by a recent tour of European museums, palaces, and treasure houses, Jane Dodd: Rococo Revolution illustrates the artist’s simultaneous experience of seduction and repulsion to the sumptuous and decadent housing of these elite collections. Referencing a contemporary interpretation of the late Baroque aesthetic, Dodd’s meticulously carved bone and wood pieces take the form of wearable objects, each representing symbolic elements drawn from the natural world.  According to the New Zealand based artist:

Rococo Revolution… illustrates my discomfort with the way we hoover up wildlife and environment for our own frivolous ends. With these pendants I want to honor the simple, elegant forms of the animal world. The subject of the brooches is the battle between nature and culture. The collection of works pays homage to the crazy and rich craft traditions of the Rococo Age.”

Prior to studying 3D Design/Jewelry at the Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, Dodd earned a BA in the Phenomenology of Religion with additional papers in Anthropology, Art History, Maori Language and Philosophy from the University of Otago. Her jewelry has appeared in publications such as the book 21st Century Jewellery: the best of the 500 series and can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, The Dowse Art Museum (NZ), and Hawkes Bay Museum (NZ).  With a background in both music and the arts, Dodd is also known on an international level for her role as a bass player in influential punk bands such as The Chills and The Verlaines.  She presently lives and works in the city of Dunedin, New Zealand.  

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

14 Bits #1. Tails and paws and teeth and… Relics of martyrs, 2014 Pendant: Lignum vitae, beef bone, ebony, boxwood, dye, sterling silver

Jane Dodd, 14 Bits #1. Tails and paws and teeth and… Relics of martyrs, 2014, Pendant: Lignum vitae, beef bone, ebony, boxwood, dye, sterling silver

Jane Dodd, 14 Bits #2. Tails and paws and teeth and… Relics of martyrs, 2014 Pendant: Lignum vitae, beef bone, ebony, boxwood, dye, sterling silver

Jane Dodd, 14 Bits #2. Tails and paws and teeth and… Relics of martyrs, 2014, Pendant: Lignum vitae, beef bone, ebony, boxwood, dye, sterling silver

Jane Dodd, A Jungle Incident, 2014 Brooch: Lignum vitae, ebony, 18k gold, ruby, sterling silver

Jane Dodd, A Jungle Incident, 2014, Brooch: Lignum vitae, ebony, 18k gold, ruby, sterling silver

Jane Dodd, Fuchsprellen, 2014 Brooch: Lignum vitae, beef bone, marcasite, sterling silver.

Jane Dodd, Fuchsprellen, 2014, Brooch: Lignum vitae, beef bone, marcasite, sterling silver

Jane Dodd, Wrestling, 2014, Brooch: Mother of pearl, sterling silver, pearls, garnet.

Jane Dodd, Wrestling, 2014, Brooch: Mother of pearl, sterling silver, pearls, garnet

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Jane Dodd, Roast, Cook fast at 200°, or slow at 140°, Ebony, beef bone, 9k gold, sterling silver, marcasite

Jane Dodd, 14 Bits, Pendant:, Wing, Ebony, sterling silver, 7 x 8 x 1.9 cm

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Jane Dodd, An Eagerly Awaited Arrival, One Day Soon Fish Will Be… Lignum vitae, beef bone, marcasite, sterling silver

Jane Dodd, 14 Bits, Pendant: Tooth, Boxwood, sterling silver, 8.6 x 3.4 x 2.1 cm

Jane Dodd, 14 Bits, Pendant: Tooth, Boxwood, sterling silver, 8.6 x 3.4 x 2.1 cm

Jane Dodd, 14 bits, Pendant: Tongue, bone, dye, sterling silver, 110 x 37 x 24mm

Jane Dodd, 14 bits, Pendant: Tongue, bone, dye, sterling silver, 110 x 37 x 24mm

Jand Dodd, 14 Bits, Pendant: Paw, 2014, Ebony, sterling silver, 52 x 31 x 22mm

Jand Dodd, 14 Bits, Pendant: Paw, 2014, Ebony, sterling silver, 52 x 31 x 22mm

Jane Dodd, 14 Bits, Pendant: Black/White Tooth, 2014, Lignum vitae, dye, sterling silver, 8.8 x 5.8 x 2.2 cm

Jane Dodd, 14 Bits, Pendant: Black/White Tooth, 2014, Lignum vitae, dye, sterling silver, 8.8 x 5.8 x 2.2 cm

To download a PDF of the full press release, please CLICK HERE.

Adam Thorpe: Flowering

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March 25 – April 26, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 27, 6-8pm

 

Adam Thorpe’s Flowering, a 25ft installation on the gallery’s atrium wall, draws inspiration from the roadside memorial, where flowers are placed on a chain-link fence.  Working with basswood (Tilia americana), hand tools, chisels, and gouges, the artist has carved an intricate series of wilted blossoms and flowers in full bloom, each unique in its own ornate and commemorative nature.   Against the backdrop of the everyday chain-link fence, these elaborate objects become meditative manifestations of very idea of memorial.  Created using techniques beyond the confines of traditional woodcarving, the work also considers a meeting of the ornamental and sculptural, evoking a sense of intricacy and movement that is a commonly found in nature, as well as the artists hand.

Thorpe, an elected member of the UK’s Master Carver’s Association, started woodcarving at an early age in his father’s home workshop in England. He apprenticed with British Master Carver Ian Agrell, before studying drawing and modeling at the City and Guilds of London Art School. Since moving to the United States in 1992, he has worked on carving, restoration, and ornamental design for private residences and national museums, including the spectacular Salon Doré restoration project at the San Francisco Museum of the Legion of Honor.  He presently lives in Oakland, California.

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Flowering, Installation View, 2015, Carved basswood (Tilia Americana), chain-link fence

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Flowering, Installation View, 2015, Carved basswood, chain-link fence

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Head 1 and Wilted Series 1 (detail), 2015, Carved basswood, chain-link fence, sizes vary

Wilted Series 1, 2015, Carved Basswood, Approx. 13 X 4” each

Wilted Series 1, 2015, Carved Basswood, Approx. 13 X 4” each

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Wilted Series (detail), 2015, Carved Basswood, Approx. 13 X 4” each

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Wilted Series 2 (detail), 2015, Carved basswood, chain-link fence, sizes vary

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Daisy Chain (detail), 2015, Carved Basswood (Tilia Americana), Approx 3 ½ X 12” each

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Daisy Chain, 20 Piece Installation View, 2015, Carved Basswood (Tilia Americana), Approx 3 ½ X 12” each

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Relief Head 3, 2015, Carved Basswood, 5 X 3 X 5 ¾”

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Wilted Head 1, 2015, Carved Basswood, 4 X 3” (without stand)

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Black Flowers, 2015, Carved and dyed Basswood, Approx. 14 X 3” each

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Bunch 1, Carved Basswood, 12 X 6” dia

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Bunch 2, Carved Basswood, 10 X 5” dia

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The Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille at the Legion of Honor. Photo Credit: Henrik Kam 2014

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Additional information and more images of The Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille at the Legion of Honor can be found HERE.

To download a full PDF of the press release, CLICK HERE.