Caroline Gore …mercurial silence…

Aside

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

chatelain_gore_14

Caroline Gore, Brooch, 2014

Caroline Gore

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

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

Tom Hill: Buckle

Aside

Tom Hill Buckle

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

TomHillBlueMoon

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

TomHill_WhiteBuckle

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

TomHill_LargeOwlHead

Tom Hill, Large Owl Head, 2015, Mild Steel

TomHill_6Squares

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

TomHill_WireOblong

Tom Hill, Wire Oblong, 2014, Mild Steel

TomHill_SpiralPair

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

TomHill_RedSquare

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

TomHill_StitchedHoops

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

TomHill_Studio

Tom Hill, Studio View, 2015

TomHill_Drawing

Tom Hill, Buckle Sketch 1, 2014

TomHill_BuckleSketch2

Tom Hill, Buckle Sketch 2, 2014

TomHill_BuckleSketch3

Tom Hill, Buckle Sketch 3, 2014

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

Jane Dodd: Rococo Revolution

Aside

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

Jane Dodd

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

Jane Dodd

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

Aside

VdV_AdamThorpe_PRimage

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.

FloweringInstallation4

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

Thorpe6

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

flowering_6

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

Thorpe3

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

flowering_1

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

daisy_chain_3

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

Thorpe4

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

ThorpeReliefC

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

ThorpeWiltedHead1

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

black_flowers_1

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

Z4eogEOHZl_-7wJP3F8pXdj95AtWl9gWAgP7Is-JZz8

Bunch 1, Carved Basswood, 12 X 6” dia

Aso6LUbmXXXkeXpbxZNQ6gcua5LgcjIU84ILT89rVes

Bunch 2, Carved Basswood, 10 X 5” dia

wO56oWMCFtD1KhxrTRRQTidJ2u972k5YZuW0fN7isRY

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

tn_EK1xP_v0ovhwwofeWSp1fJK9aZsSCWidvMZJkcEk-1

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.