Witnessing the Weight of Words (close-up view) © 1996

Witnessing the Weight of Words	(close-up view)      	© 1996

Through a Plexiglas window at the front of the pedestal a dial slowly rotates for the viewer to read the following words:
DIMENSION, STATE, REALIZE, DELIBERATE, ISSUE, ANGLE, CONNECTION, BIAS, PERSPECTIVE, REFECTION, MATERIAL, VALUE, CONSTRUCT, REVIEW, CRITICAL, SUBJECTIVE, VISION, CONTEXT, POINTED, PERCEPTION, CONSTRUCT, DIRECTION, COMPLEX, DEGREE, INCISIVE.

Fabricated from pre-printed, recycled steel, aluminum rivets. Electric motor for rotating dial.

For the entire piece over 575 metal triangles are cut, folded, and riveted together in a traditional quilt pattern.
The individual triangles are tilted at various angles, distorting the appearance of the pattern depending on your perspective. This is similar to words that have an entirely different meaning depending on the context in which they are used.

20" ht. x 18" w. x 18" d. Collection of Racine Art Museum, Racine Wisconsin
Included in the books: Found Object Art by Dorothy Spencer, 2001
Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects by Steven Skov Holt and Mara Holt Skov
Photo Credit: Philip Cohen

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

OFF TO THE RACES:

Rachel and Brigitte got started on their own cooperation. Follow along and comment.

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