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07/08/2011

EXPO ‘Unnatural Acts’ – Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco (USA) – 2-28 Aout 2011

Unnatural Acts

a contemporary jewelry project from Australia

EXPO unnatural acts

The exhibition is curated by Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young. Ten participating artists constructed natural and organic forms from man-made material to create jewelry that is unnatural, naturally. Unnatural Acts is an exhibition that began as a project among friends and has since traveled through Australia and New Zealand. Velvet da Vinci is the only US venue for this project. Exhibition catalog $15

 

Participating artists:
Anna Davern, Caz Guiney, Kath Inglis, Bridget Kennedy, Peta Kruger, Sim Luttin, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, Lauren Simeoni, Mark Vaarwerk, Melinda Young

Unnatural Jewelry
To coincide with the exhibition unnatural Acts, Lauren Simeoni is presenting a jewelry workshop focusing on the theme unnatural jewelry. Participants will be encouraged to experiment with and deconstruct a variety of found materials while developing and working to a theme. This workshop will be hosted by the Metal Arts Guild and held at Velvet da Vinci. Workshop will be held from 10 to 4 on August 6th.
Reservation required; space is limited.

 

Participating artists:
ANNA DAVERN is one of Australia’s most respected contemporary jewellers. Her practice straddles the visual arts, jewellery and fashion. She gained her undergraduate degree in Jewellery and Object Design at Sydney College of the Arts and her post-graduate studies and subsequent Masters degree were completed at RMIT, Melbourne. Davern works from her studio in Flinders Lane, Melbourne. She exhibits regularly and has held two major solo exhibitions at Craft Victoria, Melbourne. She has been represented in numerous Australian and international group exhibitions. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has participated in residencies in Sydney and Tallinn, Estonia.

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Anna Davern « Rocks » Earrings

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Anna Davern « Rocks » Earrings 

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CAZ GUINEY‘S concept-based practice engages with public space, attempting to establish a dialogue among the landscape, the object and the body. Her work draws on the urban fabric as a source of material and inspiration for jewelry. Guiney’s work includes site-specific jewelry installations and responding enthusiastically to briefs such as unnatural Acts.
In 1995, Guiney completed a Bachelor of Art in Jewellery and Metalsmithing at Monash University, Australia. Since 1997 she has exhibited throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Germany, Chile and the USA and held three solo exhibitions. She has been the recipient of two New Work Grants from the Visual Art & Crafts Board of the Australia Council and an Arts Development Grant – Creation from Arts Victoria. Currently she teaches in the Jewellery and Visual Arts Departments of the Northern Melbourne Institute of Technical and Further Education (NMIT).

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Caz Guiney « Cocoon » Brooch

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KATH INGLIS was raised in Darwin and moved to Adelaide to study jewelry. After graduating from the South Australian School of Art in 2000, Inglis continued to develop her practice by working from a number of studios, including the renowned Gray Street Workshop, JamFactory Metal Design Studio and soda and rhyme. The workbench is now located in a gorgeous home studio in suburban Adelaide surrounded by a native garden. Inglis’ practice is multi-faceted and includes frequent exhibitions in national and international galleries, large-scale collaborative public art projects and teaching. Inglis is also a member of the Craftsouth board.

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Kath Inglis  « Blue Pollinator » Brooch

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BRIDGET KENNEDY completed an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design at the Design Centre Enmore, NSW in 2005. She was then awarded the College Achievement Award and the Jewellery and Object Design Scholarship (a one-year residency within the College). In 2006 she was awarded first prize in Graduate Metal X, an exhibition of works representing 64 recent ‘jewellery and object’ graduates from art schools around Australia. She was also selected as a finalist to exhibit in the 2006 City of Hobart Art Prize, and more recently was the winner of the ‘emerging artist’ category in the 2008 JMGA (Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia) NSW Profile Award. In 2008, she opened Studio 20/17, a contemporary jewelry gallery with fellow jeweler, Melanie Ihnen. The gallery is committed to increasing the profile of contemporary jewelry within the wider arts arena.

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PETA KRUGER worked as a graphic designer and illustrator before studying visual arts at the Adelaide Centre for the Arts, South Australia. After finishing her degree she worked for Scott Wilson and Jane Adam, both based at Cockpit Arts in London and on returning to Adelaide, completed an associateship in the Metal Design Studio at the JamFactory. Her first major solo exhibition was held at Metalab, Sydney in 2009 followed by the JamFactory in 2011. In 2011 she will be undertaking a mentorship with German/New Zealand jeweller Karl Fritsch with the assistance of a Jump Mentorship grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. She is currently based at the JamFactory in Adelaide.

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Peta Kruger « Onion Ring » Brooches

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SIM LUTTIN recalls that her earliest memory of what she wanted to be when she grew up was an inventor. She has a Masters in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design, Indiana University, USA and a BFA in Gold and Silversmithing, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia. Luttin has held solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney as well as participating in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was commissioned to make the prestigious Emeritus Medal for the Australia Council for the Arts. She won the Alma Eikerman Award for Metalsmithing while studying at Indiana University, and has been the recipient of an Australia Council Emerging Artist New Work Grant. Luttin has pieces in the collections of Galerie Marzee, NL and the Art Gallery of South Australia, and work included in numerous publications. In addition to her contemporary jewelry practice, Luttin is the Gallery and Exhibitions Manager at Arts Project Australia, Melbourne.

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Sim Luttin « Somewhere There Exists…#1″ Brooch

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NATALIA MILOSZ-PIEKARSKA initially attained a degree in Design/Visual Communication before going on to complete a BA (Honours) in Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, Melbourne. Natalia now works from her Melbourne based studio as a contemporary jeweler and artist, making and participating in a diverse range of exhibitions and projects. Natalia also teaches at RMIT within the Gold and Silversmithing Department and is currently undertaking a six-month internship in London, UK, with renowned fashion jeweller Scott Wilson as part of the British Council, Australia’s Realise Your Dream Program. Natalia’s primary focus lies in the realm of amuletic and talismanic adornment. With much of her research delving into various aspects of superstition, folklore and ritual, her work explores our human inclination towards charmed objects and the power of belief.

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Natalia Milosz-Piekarska Necklace

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LAUREN SIMEONI is an Adelaide-based artist working from the Gate 8 workshop collective. Simeoni has a Bachelor of Arts in Gold and Silversmithing from Canberra School of Art; a Design Associateship at the Jam Factory and a 1-year mentorship at Gray Street Workshop in Adelaide followed this. She exhibits nationally and internationally including five solo exhibitions, is the recipient of numerous grants and has undertaken several public art commissions. Her work appears in numerous publications and is held in collections including the Art Gallery of South Australia. Simeoni also guest lectures at universities and actively participates on South Australian Craft and Arts boards and projects. Simeoni is currently working on the ongoing collaborative exhibition project unnatural Acts with Melinda Young.

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Lauren Simeoni « Controlled Burn » Brooch

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MARK VAARWERK is a modern day alchemist. He is renown for his innovative and inventive jewellery practice that focuses on the transformation of throwaway plastics, masterfully rendering mundane materials into items of preciousness and intrigue. Vaarwerk completed an Associate Diploma of Arts (Jewellery) at the Sydney Institute of Technology, Enmore in 1997. Since graduating he has exhibited his work extensively nationally and internationally, most recently at Ventura Lambrate 2011, Milan. He has been the recipient of Research Grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and participated in several residencies in the UK. His work has been included in numerous publications and he has shared his unique material knowledge through teaching workshops at universities and colleges around Australia.
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MELINDA YOUNG completed a Master of Visual Arts in 2002 at Sydney College of the Arts. She has participated in over 100 exhibitions in Australia and overseas since 1997, with recent solo exhibitions in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. Since 2008 she has also been working on unnatural Acts, a collaborative exhibition project with Lauren Simeoni. In 2008 she won the JMGA, NSW Profile Award for an established artist. Her work has been included in several publications and is held in public collections including The Art Gallery of South Australia and the Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway. Young has had a professional involvement with contemporary craft and design as a curator and writer, and through employment in galleries. She has taught jewelry at a tertiary level since 2000 as well as conducting exhibition workshops at galleries and universities in Australia and New Zealand. She currently teaches at COFA, University of NSW and Sydney College of the Arts.

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Melinda Young « Coraline » Neckpiece

 

 

Velvet da Vinci Gallery
2015 Polk Street (between Pacific and Broadway)
San Francisco CA  94109 – USA
tel 415.441.0109

EXPO ‘Intimacy’ – Chapman Gallery, Kansas State University (USA) – 8-19 Aout 2011

Classé dans : Exposition/Exhibition,GALERIES,Sung-Yeoul LEE (KR),USA — bijoucontemporain @ 10:30

« Intimacy »
Sung-Yeoul Lee‘s first solo Exhibition
Metalsmith and jeweler Sung-Yeoul Lee , “Intimacy” exhibition, August 8-19 and lecture, Friday, August 19, 3:00 pm in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall, Kansas State University

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MANHATTAN —Kansas State University Department of Art will present a lecture by internationally recognized metalsmith and jeweler Sung-Yeoul Lee, August 19, 3:00pm in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall on Kansas State University campus. In addition to his lecture, Mr. Lee will present his collection of works in the exhibition “Intimacy” in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery from August 8-19.

Sung-Yeoul Lee is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Jewelry and Metals at Oklahoma State University. He holds a MFA in Metals from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a BFA from Kookmin University in Korea. After graduation, he served as an artist in residence at Appalachian Center for Craft for two years.

Lee’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and he has received numerous awards, most notably the Grand Prize at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in 2003. His works are in permanent collections in the Cheongju Craft Museum in Korea and Sparta Teapot Museum in North Carolina, and have been published in several books.

Sung-Yeoul Lee, as Professor Robert Coogan writes, “explores a range of work from hollowware to more personal jewelry. His intention for his work is that the wearer/owner has a personal relationship with the jewelry. Sung’s current work evolved from having foreign objects pass through the body and his newer work seems to show the jewelry emerging from the body as a growth or an emergence into the light of those precious elements that make us all individuals. He seeks to form an intimate bond between the wearer and the jewelry but it goes on to have a much greater impact. The work creates an intimate relationship between the wearer and an observer. Almost like the bearing of one’s soul.”

Sung-Yeoul Lee

« My goal is associating the idea of intimacy in jewelry object to the body. Intimacy is intrinsic to the jewelry/wearer relationship. Historically, individuals have worn jewelry not only to adorn their body but to express their physical or mental condition. As conceptual approaches to jewelry making today became popular, jewelry artists keep trying to consciously communicate their thoughts through the jewelry works. Jewelry are no longer simply body adornment; some widen our senses and challenge our perceptions. For these reasons, the idea of intimacy became a significant source of inspiration.
In my current body of works, I am trying to visualize intimate relationship between jewelry form and our body. I cast single or group of precious stone shapes which symbolize ‘Jewelry’ and they are embedded, inserted or growing in the organic form and it represented extension of human body. To do so, my works indicate a deep affinity and ties with wearer. I feel that it expresses the physical and conceptual connection between piece and wearer. It is important to me that the wearers can be able to feel themselves connected with the jewelry while wearing my works.  »

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Sung-Yeoul Lee - ring ‘Growth series’ 2010

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Sung-Yeoul Lee - necklace ‘Growth series’ 2010 – Cast plastic, sterling silver, copper mesh, gold leaf, pig intestine

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Sung-Yeoul Lee - necklace ‘Growth series’ 2010 – Cast plastic, sterling silver, copper mesh, gold leaf, pig intestine 

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 Sung-Yeoul Lee – bracelet ‘Growth series’  2010 – Cast plastic, sterling silver, copper mesh, gold leaf, pig intestine

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Sung-Yeoul Lee – brooch ‘Insertion’ 2009 – Cast plastic, sterling silver, gold foil, pig intestine

 

 

Mark A. Chapman Gallery
Willard Hall
Kansas State University
USA

 

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