May 21 – June 29, 2014

The Earring Show 2 celebrates the publication of New Earrings by Nicolas Estrada. The exhibition features the work of 35 international artists and presents a snapshot of the current state of the art of the earring. Organized by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal, and Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco.

Participating Artists: 

Anne Bader / Germany, Rike Bartels / Germany, Ela Bauer / Netherlands, Catalina Brenes / Costa Rica, Angela Bubash / US, Liesbet Bussche / Netherlands, Petra Class / US, Andy Cooperman / US, Pilar Cotter / Spain, Nikki Couppee / US, Babette von Dohnanyi / Germany, Lluis Duran / Spain, Nicolas Estrada / Spain, Mirla Fernandes / Brazil, Hella Ganor / Israel, Julia Harrison / US, Liisa Hashimoto / Japan, Joanne Haywood / UK, Peter Hoogeboom / Netherlands, Iris Saar Issacs / Australia, Beate Klockmann / Netherlands, Daphne Krinos / UK, Felieke van der Leest / Norway, Judy McCaig / Spain, Martin Papcùn / Czech Republic, Katja Prins / Netherlands, Vina Rust / US, Biba Schutz / US, Karin Seufert / Germany, Jan Smith / Canada, Antje Stolz / Germany, Rudee Tancharoen / Thailand, Amy Tavern / US, Emily Watson / US, Sayumi Yokouchi / US

About the show:

“The only article of jewelry that requires physical intervention – piercing of the earlobe – the earring continues to be the most popular accessory. The earliest examples were found more than 7,000 years ago, during archaeological digs in Mongolia. In following millennia, this article of jewelry acquired various meanings and functions. It took a variety of forms, from the talisman to the symbol of wealth or prosperity, and was, at times, prohibited for religious or political reasons. From poissardes to girandoles, pearls and the use of precious stones, designs varied widely, inspired by each other. In recent decades, a number of unusual materials have made their appearance.

This exhibition looks at current production in contemporary art jewelry. Luster, color, humor, asymmetry: a full list of words describing the works selected for this event would be a long one. Made from traditional materials as well as plastic, silicone, and porcelain, among others, the earrings presented here rival each other in originality and ingenuity as well as in their remarkable exploration of the aesthetic. Daring, delicate, or simply exquisite, they will leave no one indifferent.” - from the essay by Noel Guyomarc’

For more info, please visit: http://www.velvetdavinci.com/

Babette Von Dohnanyi
Earrings, Rocks, 2012
Sterling silver plated, Jet

Anne Bader
Calotta, 2011
Sterling silver, partially gold plated
Photo credit: Stefano Zanini

Karin Seufert
Ear-pendants 184, 2004
PVC, sterling silver, thread

Felieke Van der Leest
Earrings, Don & Bob Digger
14kt gold, plastic

Sayumi Yokouchi
Two Structures, Earrings
Colored wire, sterling silver, spessartite garnet, thread

Peter Hoogeboom
Jugs Ear Jewels, 1996
Ceramic, sterling silver, cork

Daphne krinos
Olive Oil Earrings
Silver, citrines
Photo: Joel Degen

 

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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!

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