“Genius of Nature” explores how, in the world of artist-made jewelry, the goldsmith’s plan mirrors the grand designs of the universe, where chaos and structure, randomness and pattern, the heat of the torch, the movement of gold, the energy of divine creation, results in an ornamental artifact of intelligent design.
Features 23 artists and over 75 jewelry designs using 18k gold, fine silver, precious and semi-precious stones
Date: Opening Thursday, October 3rd through Saturday, October 26th
Location: Aaron Faber Gallery
666 Fifth Avenue @ West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10103
Curator: Patricia Kiley Faber, co-owner Aaron Faber Gallery
Let's take a look at three of the artists featured in this show...
First up - Bongsang Cho:
Bongsang Cho is a South Korea-born metalsmith working in the United States. This young artist combines traditional techniques of forming metal with new technology to create innovative work. Beautiful, strong and textural, his pieces display the contrast between structural forms and natural beauty of material.
Next - Jacqueline Cullen:
Whitby jet is a prehistoric black fossil most commonly associated with Victorian mourning jewellery, the trend for wearing jet jewellery was started by Queen Victoria in response to the death of her consort Prince Albert. Mined during its heyday, Whitby jet is now rare. Jacqueline’s supplier abseils down the cliffs on a rope collecting raw samples from disused caves and mines. Jacqueline Cullen is the only person working with Whitby jet in a non-traditional way and she remains committed to introducing this ancient and sensual material to a contemporary audience.
...last one for now - Linda Priest:
My work is small scale sculptures that are based on themes from nature, and meant to be worn. Each piece is a statement or an environment about a living thing. They are developed by combining imagery, textures, shapes, colors and chased surfaces. They are made with precious metals and stone.