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The Body Electric by Matt Lambert, Zachery Lechtenberg and Steven Gordon Holman

Exhibition  /  01 Apr 2017  -  22 Apr 2017
Published: 03.04.2017
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Intro
I sing the body electric... Oh I say these are not the parts and poems of the body only, but of the soul, Oh I say now these are the soul! / I Sing the Body Electric by Walt Whitman

Through contrasting colors, textures, and imagery, Holman, Lambert, and Lechtenberg have devised an inventive installation that references the body, along with contemporary design, provoking a dialogue between the fine and decorative arts.

Three dynamic young jewelers that spring from diverse aesthetic platforms but celebrate the human spirit along with the body.

Lambert regards his objects as armor, serving to protect the wearer physically, philosophically, spiritually, and psychologically. Nonetheless, he seeks interaction with the viewer, and his newest output reflects that position through the use of mirrors, which may act to deflect and distract but by forcing the viewer to become a participant, he or she assumes the role of "wearer" as well.

Holman, meanwhile, utilizes both actual animal skulls and antlers, as well as carved potatoes and woven synthetic tape, to fabricate trophy-like fetish necklaces and brooches triggered by childhood memories of his upbringing in Utah's Western Desert, specifically the creation myths of the region's indigenous peoples and legends passed down from Norse settlers, mixed with personal family lore and markers from urban culture.

Popular culture is the backbone of Lechtenberg's narrative, based in contemporary cartoon imagery and realized through the exacting technique of champlevé. His colorfully eccentric cast of characters populate pendants, brooches, necklaces, and laser-engraved enamel plates, with each jewel sporting an incised message on the reverse and housed in a dedicated box topped by a hand painted illustration. 

All three artists celebrate gender and masculinity, whether with humor or gravitas, nature or abstraction. Lechtenberg channels animator Matt Groening's The Simpsons, pop imagery by artist/designer KAWS, and painter Takashi Murakami's figurative synthesis of "high" and "low" art, along with visual imagery in the music videos of hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Lambert is inspired by artist Annette Messager's My Vows, assemblages of small individual photographs of body parts hung in configuration by simple strings, as well as Sufism, the mystic Islamic search for truth. Holman's iconography rests in contemporary hunting culture, talismans, amulets, and objects of remembrance.  

Lambert, Holman, and Lechtenberg are all thinking jewelers, bringing the advantages of intense study in a variety of disciplines to their respective practices. Lambert holds a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from Wayne State University, which he received summa cum laude, in addition to a BA in psychology cum laude and with departmental honors, also from Wayne State. He is a 2017 recipient of the Next Generation Award from Surface Design, and he was invited by the IASPIS to be an International Resident in visual arts and design (2016-2017) in Stockholm. Lechtenberg received a BFA from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and MFA from East Carolina University, where he studied under Robert Ebendorf, who considers him one of the most promising young jewelers working today. Holman received a MFA from SUNY New Paltz and BA in Architectural Studies and Visual Arts (with honors) from Brown University.

Through contrasting colors, textures, and imagery, Holman, Lambert, and Lechtenberg have devised an inventive installation that references the body, along with contemporary design, provoking a dialogue between the fine and decorative arts.
 

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Steven Gordon Holman. Neckpiece: Black Braid, 2017. Mule deer antler, nylon paracord, quartz, silver.. Steven Gordon Holman
Neckpiece: Black Braid, 2017
Mule deer antler, nylon paracord, quartz, silver.
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Steven Gordon Holman. Neckpiece: White Braids, 2016. Mule deer antler, paracord, silver.. Steven Gordon Holman
Neckpiece: White Braids, 2016
Mule deer antler, paracord, silver.
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Matt Lambert. Neckpiece: Pickaxe, 2016. Leather, acrylic mirror.. Matt Lambert
Neckpiece: Pickaxe, 2016
Leather, acrylic mirror.
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Matt Lambert. Neckpiece: Laurel, 2017. Leather, acrylic mirror.. Matt Lambert
Neckpiece: Laurel, 2017
Leather, acrylic mirror.
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Zachery Lechtenberg. Brooch: Lost in the Woods, 2017. Copper, silver, steel, enamel.. Zachery Lechtenberg
Brooch: Lost in the Woods, 2017
Copper, silver, steel, enamel.
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Zachery Lechtenberg. Brooch: Breakfast with Punky, 2017. Copper, silver, steel, enamel. . Zachery Lechtenberg
Brooch: Breakfast with Punky, 2017
Copper, silver, steel, enamel. 
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