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EXPO ‘Sparkle Plenty 7 – Organ/ism’ – Quirk Gallery, Richmond (USA) – 3 Nov.-24 Dec. 2011

Sparkle Plenty 7 : Organ/ism

(Daniel DiCapriobrooch )

The world is full of life and organisms that thrive in a multitude of ways. From the seemingly mundane to the flat-out bizarre, « things » have found a way to survive. People are both part of the living world, and manipulators of it. An ever-changing world and life’s ability to adapt is the theme for this exhibition. The work presented shows a reverence for these creatures, the inner spark that ignites life, and the ability to survive.


Daniel DiCaprio (courtesy of Charon Kransen Arts) –  Emily Watson –  Hilary Pfeifer –  Jillian MooreMärta Mattsson (courtesy of Sienna Gallery) –  Masako Ondera –  Masumi Kataoka (courtesy of Charon Kransen Arts) — Satomi Kawaiärta Mattsson  Beetle Brooch Onodera : Cluster of Sloughs pendant Ondera Moore

EXPO 'Sparkle Plenty 7 - Organ/ism' - Quirk Gallery, Richmond (USA) - 3 Nov.-24 Dec. 2011 dans Daniel DiCAPRIO (US) satomi_biorhythm1Satomi Kawai : Biorhythm I brooch

Curator Daniel DiCaprio talks about this year’s exhibition at Quirk Gallery (on Art Jewelry Forum) :

« Sparkle Plenty is the annual jewelry exhibition put on by Quirk Gallery in Richmond Virginia.  And this year I was given the opportunity to curate it.  As a jeweler I thought of the exhibitions that have inspired me in the past.  I wanted to create a show that displayed my particular interests in jewelry and other new work that I find exciting.  I also wanted to take this chance to exhibit the work of other young jewelers, most of whom are making these exceptional pieces within the first decade of their professional careers.  These are the ones who inspire me and challenge me to keep working in the studio.  These are some of the artists that I feel add interesting new ideas to the larger art jewelry dialog.  I chose the theme of biologically influenced jewelry, the lifeblood of my own work and the narrative that attracts me to certain pieces. The official prospectus of the show went something like this: “The world is full of life and organisms that thrive in a multitude of ways.  From the seemingly mundane to the flat-out bizarre, “things” have found a way to survive.  People are both part of the living world, and manipulators of it.  An ever-changing world and life’s ability to adapt is the theme for this exhibition.  The work presented shows a reverence for these creatures, the inner spark that ignites life, and the ability to survive.”

From this theme came Organ/ism, a collection of eight jewelers exploring the biological world around us.  Jillian Moore was one of the first artists that came to mind.  Jillian’s work has always appeared to me like animals that have evolved through an alternate reality.  Their existence is imagined into being, and inspired by the creatures that you think couldn’t possibly exist.   They are often presented like taxonomical displays or snapshots of them in mid-autopsy.  This format doesn’t try to provide more answers; rather it adds another layer to the mythology of the creature. Hilary Pfeifer’s work offers a similar interpretation of the biological world, presented “somewhere between humor and curiosity”. Her diminutive and charismatic pieces swarm on gallery walls, displaying the multitude of living adaptations.  Her installations of brooches or necklaces can be like looking through a microscope into a thriving Petri dish, one colonized by single cell cartoons.  These masses of form offer a greater understanding of the individuals, and like Jillian’s work, add an additional layer to a complicated story.

Masumi Kataoka’s work comfortably walks a line between beautiful and disturbing.  Her organ forms, made from actual organs (hog gut and leather), are like a miniature trip to the displays of medical curiosities at the Mutter Museum.  They provoke a curiosity in me that always wants to see what is coming up next.  She has said that her inspiration came from Japanese idioms that express where emotions reside.  This is also expressed in English, when an emotion is felt in your gut or in your heart.

Our shared interest in attraction versus repulsion is an underlying theme of this show.  As you can imagine it would be when jewelers work with dismembered body parts.  Märta Mattsson’s jewelry exemplifies this dichotomy.  She presents wearable objects made from what some people fear the most, insects.  Their electroformed and lacquered bodies are encrusted with cubic zirconias, presenting a glamorous version of what is essentially a dissected insect.  This allows you to confront what it is you find attractive or disturbing about the creature. Masako Onodera also thrives on this theme.  Jewelry emerges from the body like additional appendages from the chest or neck.  Materials like leather, felt and skin-toned found objects make this connection all the more realistic.  Masako’s jewelry addresses the human connection to the living world and our part in its story.

Organ/ism is addressed in a more personal matter with Satomi Kawai’s jewelry.  Her interest lies in the biological rhythm of the female body, the way this connects to culture and more specifically, her own childhood. Materials like wool, cotton and silk relate to Satomi’s own family history, while cellular imagery and bodily forms relate to a larger family.  One shaped by evolution.  Emily Watson approaches this theme from yet another direction.  Her work associates the anatomy and geography of the human race.  The work shows how we are both part of the biological world and manipulators of the environment we live in.

I was nervous as a first time curator about the way everything would come together.  Not just if everyone would agree to participate or if we would be able to meet all the deadlines.  I was concerned with viewers making the same connections that I have made, or alternatively, have I simplified an idea so much that I am beating a dead horse?  Although even that might work well with this theme. »



Quirk Gallery
311 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220 (USA)
tel 804.644.5450


des « bê-bêtes » nommées EPIPHYTES …. avec Hilary PFEIFER

Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,Hilary PFEIFER (US),USA — bijoucontemporain @ 0:07

 Hilary Pfeifer

« My artwork explores the ways that humans attempt to control nature, and in turn, nature finds a way to adapt or reassert itself–such as the grass that grows in the cracks of a sidewalk or mildew that forms on an uninsulated wall behind a couch. I express these struggles through craft-influenced sculpture and installations. My anthropomorphized organics live somewhere between humor and curiosity.
A physical object is often the foundation of my work. A floral-printed love seat led me to fantasize about that piece of furniture engaging in a dialogue with the artwork hung above it. A multi-piece “Vertical Garden” was inspired by and scaled to the dimensions of a sheet of composite plywood.
A recent installation, “Natural Selection,” involved a greenhouse filled with bonsai plants who were choosing their own mates as humans do–a blend of instinct and intellect. Another project was inspired by the wallpaper prints of William Morris. The vining leaves and flowers in my three dimensional version escaped the boundaries of the flat wall in places, or travel under the carpet to emerge in another part of the room.
In addition to nature, I also look to body parts, food, germ, or sex toy forms to evoke multiple sensations and references in the small details of my work. My sculptures typically use more than 80% found wood. Aside from the environmental benefits that come from using recycled materials, I feel the inclusion and alteration of found objects triggers the sensory memory in the viewer by creating simultaneously foreign yet familiar associations.
My craft background taught me to bring a complexity to my work through the visual satisfaction of a well-made object. Whether it’s a single functional walking stick for performance, or a large installation made up of 1500 one of a kind swarming bugs, I make sure that each piece can stand alone and also in context to other objects, humans, or architectural elements.  »

Hilary Pfeifer -  shoulder piece from 2011 series Epiphytes

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Hilary Pfeifer -  shoulder piece from 2011 series Epiphytes – detail

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Hilary Pfeifer - A ring made for my 2011 Epiphytes series

Hilary Pfeifer - rings for my 2011 Epiphytes series



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