We are: Seth Papac and Ruth Koelewyn, artists and curators with a committed and talented group of jewelers backed by The Society of North American Goldsmiths.
We will: assemble an international exhibition in one of America’s leading installation art galleries, the Lawrimore Project, which will be seen by a broad public, the larger art world, as well as jewelers attending the 2011 Seattle Society of North American Goldsmiths conference.
We aim: to stretch the notion of jewelry and to challenge contemporary jewelers to approach their work from a new perspective. The funds from this Kickstarter campaign will be used to pay for the production of a catalogue for the exhibition.
Our exhibition is: Us, in flux
Us, in flux will explore jewelry as a means of presenting the self. A common response to jewelry at the level of fashion is either "it’s me" or "it’s not me.” The artists in the show will take this concept to its limit by creating works that elicit both responses simultaneously. The jewelry will be conceived and displayed as installation art. These works will have their own sense of character and a bodily scale that will force the audience to perceive them as separate entities. At the same time the jewelry will maintain its desirability and potential for self-presentation.
The exhibition catalogue is a means of reference and explanation of the exhibition. It will include images of the works and brief introductions from the artists, a text from the curators, as well as a critical essay from an outside scholar. The Kickstarter funds will be used to pay for the design, printing, binding and postage of the catalogue as well as the writer’s fee for the scholarly essay. The catalogue will allow us to apply for travel grants so the international artists can personally install their work and participate in the 2011 Society of North American Goldsmiths conference. While they are in the United States they will lecture on their jewelry and meet with the viewing public in order to educate and form connections. These events will lead to added local publicity, drawing more people into the world of art jewelry.
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