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Genesis, Life and Form Through Different Lenses by Ezra Satok-Wolman and Wendy McAllister

Exhibition  /  03 Dec 2014  -  15 Feb 2015
Published: 20.01.2015
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Intro
Genesis: Life and Form Through Different Lenses is a duo exhibition of  jewelry by Ezra Satok-Wolman and Wendy McAllister at the Klimt02 Gallery.  The artists' mutual interest in the beauty and wonder of nature’s grand design was the source of inspiration for this collaborative exhibition.  With differing interpretations of this concept, each artist presents a series of work with uniquely individual aesthetics.
 
Genesis: Life and Form Through Different Lenses is a duo exhibition of  jewelry by Ezra Satok-Wolman and Wendy McAllister at the Klimt02 Gallery. The concept was born in Barcelona in 2012 after Ezra’s trip to the Sagrada Familia, when he came to realize that Gaudi’s infamous project was the perfect archetype for the macrocosm microcosm concept with nature as the basis for its artistic concepts and many of the structural elements.  After seeing Wendy’s work in person for the first time at Sieraad Art Fair in 2013, Ezra realized that they were both inspired by the same subject matter and trying to represent very similar concepts in their work. On that same note, their interpretations are vastly different and the lens paradigm began to evolve into an exhibition concept. Not only did this draw a clear parallel with the Sagrada Familia project, but their subject matter was in line with Gaudi’s artistic motivation, to demonstrate the beauty and wonder of nature’s grand design and its connection to the rest of the Universe. 

Where does form originate?
Why is the hexagon a shape we commonly see in the natural world, in honeycombs, flowers, and numerous crystals or minerals? There are answers to all these questions, even the ones we aren’t certain of just yet. Examining the microscopic arrangements of atoms and particles has explained many of the shapes in our everyday lives.
 
We tend to classify shapes as organic or geometric. Yet, do organic forms really exist? This comes back to the idea of lenses, or viewpoint. At the right level of magnification, anything deemed “organic” will display the properties of geometric shapes. 
Through their own unique lenses, Ezra and Wendy both use the common geometries observed in nature as the basis for many of their pieces. However, just as insects see flowers differently than birds, their visual interpretations of those elements differ dramatically. It is this juxtaposition that became the basis for “Genesis” and again mirrors a major characteristic of the Sagrada Familia’s design. The exterior of the Sagrada Familia is the oldest section of the project and the intense baroque design of the exterior is reminiscent of Wendy’s incredibly ornate and extravagant work. In contrast the interior, much of which was constructed over the last few decades, is quite contemporary, giving prominence to geometry, the nucleus of Gaudi’s vision as well as the mathematical basis of Ezra’s precise and inspiring work. 
Nature has been our ultimate teacher throughout our evolution, and the ultimate guide and inspiration for art and technology since our schuster-nicole-schuster-nicole-beginning-2016-2016. “Genesis” presents nature and the Universe as the greatest masterpiece of all.
 
Ezra Satok-Wolman
Over the last decade Canadian jewelry artist and goldsmith Ezra Satok-Wolman has been active in the jewelry world, establishing a presence in North America, Europe and Asia.  Having studied extensively in Canada and Italy, learning from the masters of the trade, he continues to preserve the practice of classical goldsmithing in his work.  Combining his passion for traditional techniques and contemporary art, Ezra has managed to successfully create a unique and identifiable style.  His quality over quantity approach lies at the core of his operations, making each piece by hand, one at a time.  He has received numerous awards and accolades for his work, and participated in international exhibitions and competitions over the years, including Beijing, Milan and Shanghai Design Week events, The Friedrich Becker Prize, The Niche Awards and The A’ Design Award. 

Wendy McAllister
Wendy McAllister earned her B.A. in Fine Arts and Ceramics from the George Washington University and her Certificate in Jewelry with Honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her enameled jewelry is represented in the permanent collection of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (USA) and was featured in their recent exhibition, “Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design, and Fashion”. Her work has been shown in many gallery exhibitions and art fairs, including the Shanghai International Jewelry Art Exhibition (China), TOP Jewels National Jewelry Exhibition (USA), SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair (the Netherlands), the Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts (Moscow, Russia) as well as Art Basel Miami/Red Dot Art Fair, Art Palm Beach, the American Craft Council Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and numerous SOFA Exhibitions in Chicago, New York, and Santa Fe.

Remarks

Opening: Wednesday 3 December, 2014 at 7.30pm
Both artists will be present.

Gallery hours:
Tuesday to Friday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Other times please call us to make an appointment.
Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: The Mathematical Fingerprint of God, 2012. 791 (19k) yellow gold, 750 white gold, silk. 5.8 x 5.8 x 1.7 cm. Front view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: The Mathematical Fingerprint of God, 2012
791 (19k) yellow gold, 750 white gold, silk
5.8 x 5.8 x 1.7 cm

Front view

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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: The Mathematical Fingerprint of God, 2012. 791 (19k) yellow gold, 750 white gold, silk. 5.8 x 5.8 x 1.7 cm. Back view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: The Mathematical Fingerprint of God, 2012
791 (19k) yellow gold, 750 white gold, silk
5.8 x 5.8 x 1.7 cm

Back view

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Wendy McAllister. Brooch: Blue Penta-Hydra, 2014. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver. 10.1 x 10.1 x 3.0 cm. Wendy McAllister
Brooch: Blue Penta-Hydra, 2014
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver
10.1 x 10.1 x 3.0 cm
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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: Quasar, 2014. 750 white gold, 917 yellow gold, Tahitian pearl, natural pink diamonds. 5.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 cm. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: Quasar, 2014
750 white gold, 917 yellow gold, Tahitian pearl, natural pink diamonds
5.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 cm
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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: Quasar, 2014. 750 white gold, 917 yellow gold, Tahitian pearl, natural pink diamonds. 5.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 cm. Side view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: Quasar, 2014
750 white gold, 917 yellow gold, Tahitian pearl, natural pink diamonds
5.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 cm

Side view

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Wendy McAllister. Brooch: Quatrefoil Amoris, 2009. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver, 24k gold leaf. 5.7 x 5.7 x 1.3 cm. Wendy McAllister
Brooch: Quatrefoil Amoris, 2009
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver, 24k gold leaf
5.7 x 5.7 x 1.3 cm
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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: Nautilus Chromus, 2011. 750 gold, natural pink diamonds. 5.8 x 5.8 x 1.7 cm. Smithed, fabricated
. Front view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: Nautilus Chromus, 2011
750 gold, natural pink diamonds
5.8 x 5.8 x 1.7 cm

Smithed, fabricated
Front view

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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: Nautilus Chromus, 2011. 750 gold, natural pink diamonds. 5.8 x 5.8 x 1.7 cm. Smithed, fabricated
. Side view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: Nautilus Chromus, 2011
750 gold, natural pink diamonds
5.8 x 5.8 x 1.7 cm

Smithed, fabricated
Side view

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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Earrings: Nautilus Galaxies, 2011. 750 gold, natural violet diamonds. 2.7 x 2.75 x 6 cm. Hammered, fabricated. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Earrings: Nautilus Galaxies, 2011
750 gold, natural violet diamonds
2.7 x 2.75 x 6 cm
Hammered, fabricated
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Wendy McAllister. Brooch: Polar Vortex, 2014. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver. 13.3 x 12.0 x 4.5 cm. Wendy McAllister
Brooch: Polar Vortex, 2014
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver
13.3 x 12.0 x 4.5 cm
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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Necklace: Genesis, 2014. 3d printed nylon, meteorite, 500 palladium, 917 white gold, silk. 11 x 11 x 11 cm. Unique piece
. On display. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Necklace: Genesis, 2014
3d printed nylon, meteorite, 500 palladium, 917 white gold, silk
11 x 11 x 11 cm
Unique piece
On display
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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Necklace: Genesis, 2014. 3d printed nylon, meteorite, 500 palladium, 917 white gold, silk. 11 x 11 x 11 cm. Unique piece
. Front view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Necklace: Genesis, 2014
3d printed nylon, meteorite, 500 palladium, 917 white gold, silk
11 x 11 x 11 cm
Unique piece
Front view
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Wendy McAllister. Necklace: Arctic Summer, 2014. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver. 21.9 x 21.9 x 6.3 cm. Wendy McAllister
Necklace: Arctic Summer, 2014
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver
21.9 x 21.9 x 6.3 cm
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Wendy McAllister. Necklace: Arctic Summer, 2014. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver. 21.9 x 21.9 x 6.3 cm. Front view. Wendy McAllister
Necklace: Arctic Summer, 2014
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver
21.9 x 21.9 x 6.3 cm

Front view

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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: Cosmos, 2014. Carbon fibre, 500 palladium, 750 gold, 917 gold, diamonds. 5.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 cm. Front view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: Cosmos, 2014
Carbon fibre, 500 palladium, 750 gold, 917 gold, diamonds
5.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 cm

Front view

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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: Cosmos, 2014. Carbon fibre, 500 palladium, 750 gold, diamonds. 5.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 cm. Back view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: Cosmos, 2014
Carbon fibre, 500 palladium, 750 gold, diamonds
5.6 x 5.6 x 0.9 cm

Back view

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Wendy McAllister. Brooch: Cornus, 2009. Vitreous enamel, 22k bi-metal, copper, 18k gold, oxidized sterling silver with 24K gold leaf.. 5.7 x 5.7 x 1.3 cm. Wendy McAllister
Brooch: Cornus, 2009
Vitreous enamel, 22k bi-metal, copper, 18k gold, oxidized sterling silver with 24K gold leaf.
5.7 x 5.7 x 1.3 cm
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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Necklace: Nebula, 2014. 3d printed nylon, 750 white gold, silk. 10 x 10x 10 cm. Unique piece
. On display. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Necklace: Nebula, 2014
3d printed nylon, 750 white gold, silk
10 x 10x 10 cm
Unique piece
On display
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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Necklace: Nebula, 2014. 3d printed nylon, 750 white gold, silk. 10 x 10 x 10 cm. Unique piece
. Front view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Necklace: Nebula, 2014
3d printed nylon, 750 white gold, silk
10 x 10 x 10 cm
Unique piece
Front view
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Wendy McAllister. Brooch: Echino, 2010. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver. 7.6 x 7.6 x 3.2 cm. Wendy McAllister
Brooch: Echino, 2010
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver
7.6 x 7.6 x 3.2 cm
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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: The Perpetual Motion of the Universe, 2013. 950 Palladium, 791 (19k) yellow gold, 750 white gold, natural coloured diamonds. 6 x 6 x 2 cm. Awarded at: Selected finalist for the 2014 Friedrich Becker Prize. Smithed, fabricated
. Front view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: The Perpetual Motion of the Universe, 2013
950 Palladium, 791 (19k) yellow gold, 750 white gold, natural coloured diamonds
6 x 6 x 2 cm
Awarded at: Selected finalist for the 2014 Friedrich Becker Prize

Smithed, fabricated
Front view

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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: The Perpetual Motion of the Universe, 2013. 950 Palladium, 791 (19k) yellow gold, 750 white gold, natural coloured diamonds. 6 x 6 x 2 cm. Awarded at: Selected finalist for the 2014 Friedrich Becker Prize. Smithed, fabricated
. Back view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: The Perpetual Motion of the Universe, 2013
950 Palladium, 791 (19k) yellow gold, 750 white gold, natural coloured diamonds
6 x 6 x 2 cm
Awarded at: Selected finalist for the 2014 Friedrich Becker Prize

Smithed, fabricated
Back view

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Wendy McAllister. Brooch: Elysium, 2013. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver. 10.0 x 7.6 x 4.5 cm. Wendy McAllister
Brooch: Elysium, 2013
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver
10.0 x 7.6 x 4.5 cm
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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Necklace: I Am Hydrogen, 2013. 791 (19k) yellow gold, 750 (18K) white gold, reflective thread, silk, natural violet diamond. 5.85 x 5.85 x 2.8 cm. Awarded at: Golden A' Award. Smithed, fabricated, woven
. Front view 2. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Necklace: I Am Hydrogen, 2013
791 (19k) yellow gold, 750 (18K) white gold, reflective thread, silk, natural violet diamond
5.85 x 5.85 x 2.8 cm
Awarded at: Golden A' Award

Smithed, fabricated, woven
Front view 2

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Wendy McAllister. Brooch: Reef, 2014. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver, 24k gold leaf. 7.0 x 7.6 x 4.4 cm. Wendy McAllister
Brooch: Reef, 2014
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver, 24k gold leaf
7.0 x 7.6 x 4.4 cm
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Wendy McAllister. Brooch: Tacca, 2014. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver, glass. 7.6 x 8.9 x 3.2 cm. Wendy McAllister
Brooch: Tacca, 2014
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver, glass
7.6 x 8.9 x 3.2 cm
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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: Pythagoras’ Cosmos, 2012. 750 white gold, 791 (19k) yellow gold, natural violet diamonds. 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 cm. Smithed, fabricated
. Front view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: Pythagoras’ Cosmos, 2012
750 white gold, 791 (19k) yellow gold, natural violet diamonds
6.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 cm

Smithed, fabricated
Front view

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Ezra Satok-Wolman. Brooch: Pythagoras’ Cosmos, 2012. 750 white gold, 791 (19k) yellow gold, natural violet diamonds. 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 cm. Smithed, fabricated
. Side view. Ezra Satok-Wolman
Brooch: Pythagoras’ Cosmos, 2012
750 white gold, 791 (19k) yellow gold, natural violet diamonds
6.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 cm

Smithed, fabricated
Side view

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Wendy McAllister. Brooch: Amplus, 2010. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver with 24k gold leaf.. 10.8 x 8.2 x 3.4 cm. Wendy McAllister
Brooch: Amplus, 2010
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver with 24k gold leaf.
10.8 x 8.2 x 3.4 cm
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Wendy McAllister. Brooch: Amplus, 2010. Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver with 24k gold leaf. 4.25 x 3.25 x 1.33 inches. Alternative view. Wendy McAllister
Brooch: Amplus, 2010
Vitreous enamel, copper, oxidized sterling silver with 24k gold leaf
4.25 x 3.25 x 1.33 inches

Alternative view

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Panspermia, 2014
. Fractal image, generated with 'Genesis' by Ezra Satok-Wolman, pendant 2014
. Original photograph by Ezra Satok-Wolman
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Panspermia, 2014
Fractal image, generated with 'Genesis' by Ezra Satok-Wolman, pendant 2014
Original photograph by Ezra Satok-Wolman
 

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Blue Trillium, 2014
. Fractal image, generated with 'Blue Penta-Hydra' by Wendy McAllister, brooch 2014
. Original photograph by Victor Wolansky
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Blue Trillium, 2014
Fractal image, generated with 'Blue Penta-Hydra' by Wendy McAllister, brooch 2014
Original photograph by Victor Wolansky
 

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Trefoil, 2014
. Fractal image, generated with 'The Mathematical Fingerprint of God' by Ezra Satok-Wolman, brooch 2014
. Original photograph by Ezra Satok-Wolman
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Trefoil, 2014
Fractal image, generated with 'The Mathematical Fingerprint of God' by Ezra Satok-Wolman, brooch 2014
Original photograph by Ezra Satok-Wolman
 

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