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30 Years of Jewelry and Objects by Eugene Pijanowski

Exhibition  /  05 Feb 2014  -  09 Mar 2014
Published: 28.01.2014
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Velvet Da Vinci is proud to present Eugene Pijanowski: 30 Years of Jewelry and Objects. The historic exhibition will feature over 40 important works by the world renowned artist from the late 1970‘s through the mid 2000’s, marking the largest gallery exhibition of Pijanowski’s work in over two decades.

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Eugene Pijanowski
Eugene Pijanowski’s work can be seen as a marriage of eastern and western tradition and style, representing an integration of modernist aesthetics and ancient sensibilities. Drawing from traditional Japanese concepts, techniques, and materials, the artist investigates the relationships between process and craft, content and form, and meaning and function. After studying in Japan with ninth generation metalsmith Norio Tamagawa with his former partner Hiroko Sato, the artist team introduced the Mokume Gane metalsmithing process to the United States in the early 1970‘s. Along with Mokume Gane, or “wood grain metal,” Pijanowski is also celebrated for influencing generations of makers with his mastery of the Mizuhiki paper cord technique, which is often used for ceremonial gift giving traditions in Japanese culture.

Works by Pijanowski can be found in private and museum collections worldwide; highlights include the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, NYC, the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, and the Vienna Museum of Applies Arts in Austria. With an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the artist has served as Professor Emeritus of Art and Design, as well as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of Michigan. Pijanowski currently lives and works in Hawaii.
Eugene Pijanowski. Brooch: Oh! I Am Precious, #15, 1987. Glued paper cord (mizuhiki), canvas. 71,2' x 23,4'  x 1,2'. Eugene Pijanowski
Brooch: Oh! I Am Precious, #15, 1987
Glued paper cord (mizuhiki), canvas
71,2" x 23,4" x 1,2"
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Eugene Pijanowski. Earrings: Untitled, 1987. Glued paper cord (mizuhiki), canvas. 21,2' x 11,4 x 1/8'. Eugene Pijanowski
Earrings: Untitled, 1987
Glued paper cord (mizuhiki), canvas
21,2" x 11,4 x 1/8"
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Eugene Pijanowski. Object: Untitled, 1977. Mokume-gane copper/shakudo. 21,2' x 23,4' x 33,4'. Eugene Pijanowski
Object: Untitled, 1977
Mokume-gane copper/shakudo
21,2" x 23,4" x 33,4"
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Eugene Pijanowski. Ring: Untitled, 2012. Pewter, shell. 1' x 11,2 ' x 1'. Eugene Pijanowski
Ring: Untitled, 2012
Pewter, shell
1" x 11,2 " x 1"
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Eugene Pijanowski. Brooch: Untitled, 1977. Mokume-gane (copper, silver, shakudo, chip carving, silver). 11,2' x 11,2'. Eugene Pijanowski
Brooch: Untitled, 1977
Mokume-gane (copper, silver, shakudo, chip carving, silver)
11,2" x 11,2"
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Eugene Pijanowski. Brooch: Untitled, 1987. Mokume-gane (copper, silver, red). 12' x 6”. Eugene Pijanowski
Brooch: Untitled, 1987
Mokume-gane (copper, silver, red)
12" x 6”
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Eugene Pijanowski. Brooch: Untitled, 1987. Gold and silver mizuhiki, fish skin. 9' x 2' x 1,4'. Eugene Pijanowski
Brooch: Untitled, 1987
Gold and silver mizuhiki, fish skin
9" x 2" x 1,4"
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Eugene Pijanowski. Brooch: Untitled, 1980. Steel, sen-zogan (line inlay/fine silver, copper, chip-carving. ø 2'. Eugene Pijanowski
Brooch: Untitled, 1980
Steel, sen-zogan (line inlay/fine silver, copper, chip-carving
ø 2"
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Eugene Pijanowski. Medal: Untitled, 1980. Bronze. ø 21,2. Eugene Pijanowski
Medal: Untitled, 1980
Bronze
ø 21,2
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Eugene Pijanowski. Piece: Skinner’s Blade, 1988. Mokume-gane silver, copper, kurmido. 6-1,4' x 2-1,2' x 1,4'. Eugene Pijanowski
Piece: Skinner’s Blade, 1988
Mokume-gane silver, copper, kurmido
6-1,4" x 2-1,2" x 1,4"
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