May 31–June 3, 2019 | JCK Las Vegas
June 21–August 23, 2019 | Cincinnati
November 18-24, 2019 | New York
Glossy features contemporary artist jewelers inspired by the images and messages presented in magazines, also known as ‘glossies,” for the paper on which they are printed. Glossies serve as a vital communication tool for messaging in the fashion industry. The fashion world is often influenced by celebrity, art, films, and literature. Artists are also responding to the material culture around them. From enamel and textiles to diamonds and zippers, the jewelry artists in this exhibition investigate the medium that captures the zeitgeist of our times.
The artists in this exhibition include: Mando Bartlett, Kate Cusack, Heather Guidero, Gabrielle Gould, Mia Hebib, Everett Hoffman, Mia Kwon, Margaux Lange, Maia Leppo, Tara Locklear, Heidi Lowe, Brooke Marks-Swanson, Jennifer Merchant, Jillian Moore, emiko oye, Louise Perrone, Denisa Piatti, Rachel Reichert, Lyndsay Rice, Caitie Sellers, Inbar Shahak, Bridgette Shepherd, Olivia Shih, Olga Starostina, and Rachel Suzanne Smith.
Baltimore based jewelry artist Mando Bartlett challenges traditional jewelry and concepts of gender and post consumerism with bold neon street-smart adornments inspired by fashion magazines’ maximalist aesthetic. Bartlett earned their BFA from Texas State University with a focus in Metals and Jewelry.
Brooklyn, NY based artist Kate Cusack creates fluid, whimsical sculptures from the utilitarian zipper that is often used simply for function. Cusack earned her MFA in Costume Design from the Yale School of Drama.
Much like high fashion, haute couture is based on fantasy and theme – Gabrielle Gould’s work combines precious materials and the playful texture of hand-trimmed and tied bird feathers from her coastal home in St. Augustine, Florida.
Based in Providence, Rhode Island, Heather Guidero uses traditional jewelry fabrication methods, Guidero plays with “maximal minimalism” by combining many iterations of one element with a limited color palette of black and gold to explore line, pattern, and movement. Guidero received her BFA in Jewelry and Metals from Rhode Island School of Design.
Born in Bosnia and raised in Croatia, Mia Hebib is a New York City based contemporary jeweler. Hebib creates wearable golden sketches inspired by sinuous line, body movement, and architectural forms. She received BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Everett Hoffman’s current body of work examines everyday material debris reconstructed within the complex narratives of identity, gender, and sexual desire. Hoffman graduated with an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018 and currently lives in Gatlinburg, TN where he is an artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft.
Mia Kwon is a South Korean ceramic artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. Kwon’s work in porcelain pushes the boundary of what is precious to wearable. Many of her pieces resemble aspects of clothing and textiles; such collars, hems, and texture. Kwon holds and MA in Design from FHP University of Applied Science, Potsdam, Germany and a BFA in Ceramic Work from Kookmin University for Architecture and Design, Seoul, Korea.
Based in Beacon, New York, Margaux Lange looks to pop culture icons with inclusion of salvaged Barbie doll elements. This series focuses on repurposing mass produced elements into handmade wearable art. Lange received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Based in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Maia Leppo’s background influences her exploration between the intersection of the botanical and the industrial. Leppo is constantly pushing the balance between overwhelming and attracting the viewer with her voluminous jewelry made entirely of flat, repetitive shapes. Leppo received a BS in Biology and Community Health from Tufts University and her Masters of Fine Art from SUNY New Paltz.
Based in Raleigh, NC, Tara Locklear’s designs are comprised of industrial and re-purposed materials, such as skateboards and Durat. . Her affinity for color and bold shapes are a reflection of her years of pop culture influences. All of her material choices have inherent beauty and strength beyond their functioning identity. Locklear received her BFA from East Carolina University
Heidi Lowe is a contemporary jeweler based in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Lowe’s work in this exhibition is inspired by the fashion of the 1920’s which acts not only as an identifier of time, status, personality and style, but also a marker of a moment in history. She received her BFA in Metals and Jewelry from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and an MFA at State University of New York at New Paltz.
Brooke Marks-Swanson is based in South Bend, Indiana. Her knitted leather work is influenced by landscape and is created to shield us from the environment and act as a form of expression and a universal language. Connecting stitch to stitch, Marks-Swanson seeks to understand the human connection between the land and the body. She received her BFA from Indiana University and MFA in Metals from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Jennifer Merchant jewelry is made with transparent acrylic and torn pages from bold editorials and fashion magazines/glossies featuring ads with imaginative colors and patterns to create graphic illusions that change as a piece is viewed from different angles. Merchant graduated with a BFA in Metals and Jewelry from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Merchant’s
Jillian Moore is an artist and writer based in Iowa City, Iowa. Moore’s work abstracts the zoological and botanical by creating objects that are exuberantly, confrontationally, and defiantly weird with examining what it means to embrace that perspective with and on the body. She received her MFA in Jewelry and Metals from the University of Iowa.
San Francisco based jewelry artist, emiko oye, is inspired by haute couture, art history, New Wave and Pop music, Oye used the imagery of high fashion editorials such as W Magazine. Muses include music icons David Bowie and Rihanna as well as make-up artists Pat McGrath. Oye created enlarged, pixelated versions of lips and jewelry forms entirely from LEGO®. She earned her BFA from Syracuse University.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Louise Perrone is a British-born jewelry artist. She works with materials derived from domestic and industrial waste, employing techniques that combine the traditions of goldsmithing and hand sewing to explore the values attributed to traditional women's work. Perrone holds a BA in Sculpture from the Nottingham Trent University, a Post Graduate Certificate in Art and Design Education from the University of Brighton and a BFA in Jewelry and Metals from Alberta College of Art and Design.
Originally from Slovakia, Denisa Piatti is a contemporary jeweler based in Washington, D.C. She uses a combination of acrylic and precious materials to create work inspired by seaweed washed ashore and harvested while living in Zanzibar. Piatti’s unconventional use of acrylic questions how society values the worth of materials used in jewelry and what defines preciousness.
Rachel Reichert is based in Boise, Idaho. Finding inspiration from architecture editorials, Reichert’s work explores backgrounds, shapes, and forms captured in fashion photography. These miniature artifacts deconstruct familiar architecture and capture the hidden details of overlooked spaces by reducing a common object to a simple form using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as fold forming.
Lyndsay Rice is a metalsmith based in Alberta, Canada. She creates jewelry inspired by militaristic badges and bird plumage that illustrate how the body can be consumed by the languages and expressions of ornamentation. She continues to investigate the parallels of societal structures in the animal and human world. Rice received an MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Wisconsin.
Based in Richmond, Virginia, Caitie Sellers is inspired by modern urban life and the visual architecture that surrounds her, such as highways, railroads, and power lines. Seller’s work is highlights the beauty of implied motion and the body on which it rests. She received her BFA in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Inbar Shahak is a contemporary jeweler based in Israel at her studio in Kibbutz Maagan Michael. Shahak utilizes her background as a textile designer to create woven jewelry inspired by industrial and ancient loom weaving techniques in gold and enameled wire. She is a graduate of Shenkar University where she majored in weaving, knitting, and printing,
Bridgette Shepherd is a Brisbane, Australia based jeweler. Her exhibition series highlights and abstracts simplified silhouettes based on the body language. She received her BFA in Jewelry and Small Objects from Queensland College
Olivia Shih is a contemporary jeweler, artist, and writer based in Oakland, California. Shih’s jewelry addresses the competing themes of abundance and depletion in modern life. Some pieces overflow with luxurious golden droplets, surging from a black core reminiscent of onyx or ebony. Others are riddled with holes, a symptom of relentless consumption. She earned BFA from California College of Arts.
Olga Starostina is a Houston, Texas based Metal and Mixed Media artist, originally born in Moscow, Russia. Starostina creates her own narrative within each work, making wearable pieces with figurative qualities based on early Russian icon paintings and Renaissance art. She draws parallels between glossies of imagery and the stories these images convey.
RACHEL SUZANNE SMITH
Rachel Suzanne Smith is an Ohio based artist whose work is comprised of silhouettes of the naturally occurring plants in Ohio incorporating technology such as water-jet cutting and juxtaposes the human condition and our relationship with nature. She earned her MFA in Jewelry and Metals from Kent State University.