Three Jewelry Artists at SOFA NY
SOFA stands for Sculpture Objects and Functional Art. Their exhibits at various locales in the US and throughout the year, showcase outstanding contemporary “sculptural” objects, including jewelry. I always like to check in on the artists they elect to showcase. There is so much you can learn from each artist’s ideas and approaches.
Their current NY exhibition runs through 5/1/2011.
From her artist statement:
What do we carry with us in our bones? Literally, and metaphorically?
Used to express definitive physical sensation and emotional sentiment (e.g. ‘bone weary’), bone is considered the absolute reductive essence of our physical selves. Bones linger, incorporating evidence of what we ate, how we worked, injuries, illnesses, and environmental conditions during a given lifetime. Lead, copper and iron, among other metals, bind to our bones as obscure mementos of our experiences.
What if those amalgams were to flourish and grow?
What would we see if we could view concepts and ideals, not just the verifiable physicality?
My process is a strange dance between the factual, or scientifically based research and the associative, or intuitive and non-verbal. As I move between the two places, factual and intuitive, internal and external, the results are cross-species hybrids that embody a peculiar romanticized vision of the natural world that betray a very human concept of separateness, of dominion over nature.
Looking deeper still, we see a measure of the unanticipated, in traces of internalized abstract experiences and ideals.
Implicit and explicit.
Internal and external.
Jiro Kamata’s enthusiasm for the lenses of old reflex cameras developed into a long-lasting design concept. Kamata believes that the lenses capture and keep special moments like secrets and thinks that this could spark the jewelry wearers’ imagination.
Jiventin takes an engineering eye, an intuitive understanding of mechanical physics, and the properties of unusual materials, like watch hands, human hair, fishing hooks, eggs, porcelain handles and syringe needles, to create very alive pieces of jewelry.
He sees his jewelry as helping the wearer make the connection between a person’s sense of self and humanity, and that person’s relationship to the work or industrial setting around her.