BEYOND ORNAMENT, BEYOND BOUNDARIES AT GREENHILL CENTER
(GREENSBORO, NC) GreenHill presents Beyond Ornament, a major survey exhibition highlighting North Carolina makers of studio jewelry on view August 3 – November 4, 2018.
PHOTO ABOVE – Peter Antor, Architectonic Ring #3, 2016, Silver, ebony, cement, 24k gold leaf, powdercoat, 3 x 4 x 3 inches (in Beyond Ornament)
The artists selected for the exhibition produce objects that enhance and embellish the human body and question what jewelry and ornament can be. They pursue projects extending beyond the body, and present works that cannot be contained by the traditional jewelry case. Through sculptural installation, juxtapositions of scale, unconventional materials, and narrative content, the artists in Beyond Ornament broaden the context for jewelry. They bridge cutting edge concepts and traditional skills blurring the boundaries between art, craft, and design.
Visitors will have the ability to not only view the work, but also meet artists who teach in North Carolina. At the opening on August 3 there will be a presentation and live demonstration of making a ring from 5:30-6:30 PM by East Carolina University Metals faculty and exhibiting artists.
Brooches, necklaces, and bracelets typically displayed in cases will also be presented using the walls, ceiling, and floor of the gallery. Most participating artists will be represented by smaller wearable works as well as non-wearable pieces that relate to them. Highlights of the exhibition include “Opaline Corona” by Kit Paulson, a three foot high transparent spun-glass headpiece, a delicate kinetic butterfly by Charity Hall as well as works incorporating found objects with precious metals by Robert Ebendorf one of the founders of the studio jewelry movement. Peter Antor will present three stunning examples of his “architectonic rings”: intricate tree dimensional rings in silver, ebony, cement, and gold, whose hidden interior spaces are as exquisitely detailed as their exteriors. Hanging on the wall near them will be mixed media paintings resembling architectural blueprints of the rings.
Certain artist’s works entwine the body in their fabrication as in Judith M. Barello’s vivid floral wall installations fabricated from dyed X-ray films or Erica Diamond’s collection of small bronzes memorializing the spaces between two people when holding hands. Innovative displays propose multiple versions of the same object such as Mi-Sook Hur’s wall mounted brooches in the form of seed pods and irises. Rows of silver husks suggest nature’s abundance while the substitution of wire outlines for some bulbs suggests cloning or disappearing varieties. Ashley Buchanan’s “Brooching the Object” is a wall-mounted installation of 32 powder-coated forms whose cutout shapes recall traditional brooch designs. By paring down the brooch as an object to its lowest common denominator, Buchanan opens up its cultural references to include women’s equality and the #MeToo movement. Contemporary jewelry artists’ responsiveness to challenging social issues is also evident in Kat Cole’s “Oil & Water” necklaces inspired by the oil industry’s impact on her Texas community or Marissa Saneholtz’s figurative enamel jewelry from her “Corrupt Fairytales” series that question gender stereotypes.
Two associated exhibitions will take place in the gallery during Beyond Ornament. On display will be ECU METALS, an invitational exhibition featuring work by East Carolina University faculty and MFA students from the School of Art & Design. Guest-curated by Mi-Sook Hur, the exhibition showcases the influence of teaching artists such as Robert Ebendorf who are connected to ECU’s nationally recognized metals program. The other associated exhibition is curated by Sarah Tector, Cadavre Exquis, a nine-person exhibition of art jewelry based on the surrealist practice of the “exquisite corpse.” An exercise in blind collaboration and trust, nine artists create combined pieces of jewelry from assigned materials, only discovering the final version of their works at the end.
GreenHill, located in Downtown Greensboro, is a nonprofit visual art center with the vital mission to support and advocate for the art and artists of our home state, North Carolina. At GreenHill professional artists have meaningful opportunities throughout their careers to participate in a wide range of exhibitions. We provide economic support to artists through the sale of their art in our world-class galleries. Novice artists, from toddlers and young students to lifelong learners, can learn and stretch their creative muscles through our studio-based educational programs. Tap into your creative side by making art, purchasing original works of art and viewing exhibitions that inspire and pique your imagination. At GreenHill there is something for everyone. For more information visit www.GreenHillNC.org.