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Chased + Repoussé

Exhibition  /  17 Mar 2010  -  18 Apr 2010
Published: 15.03.2010
Chased + Repoussé.
Velvet da Vinci
Management:
Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt
Yuen Chang. Brooch: Orifice Series. Sterling silver, fine silver. 10 cm x 5 cm. Yuen, ChangBrooch: Orifice SeriesSterling silver, fine silver10 cm x 5 cmPhoto by Jim Wildeman. Yuen Chang
Brooch: Orifice Series
Sterling silver, fine silver
10 cm x 5 cm


Yuen, Chang
Brooch: Orifice Series
Sterling silver, fine silver
10 cm x 5 cm
Photo by Jim Wildeman
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Intro
(...) an exhibition shown in conjunction with the release of the recent publication, Chasing and Repoussé, Methods Ancient and Modern, by Nancy Megan Corwin. This exhibition includes work from twenty-one contemporary artists who have mastered the ancient metalworking techniques of chasing and repoussé. (...)
Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco presents: Chased + Repoussé, an exhibition shown in conjunction with the release of the recent publication, Chasing and Repoussé, Methods Ancient and Modern, by Nancy Megan Corwin. This exhibition includes work from twenty-one contemporary artists who share a passion for these ancient metalworking techniques, many of whom have work included in Corwin's book. The twenty-one artists reflect a range from traditional roots to modern approaches to the practice of chasing and repoussé. Dating back to antiquity, the technique has been used to add embellishment on armour, large scale sculpture, and gold and silver jewelry. The Statue of Liberty was formed from a sheet of copper using chasing and repoussé, as was the mummy mask of King Tutankhamen.

Chasing and repoussé are methods of metalworking in which the metal is embossed from both front and back, creating a three-dimensional form from a two-dimensional sheet. Repoussé is a French word meaning "to push up or forward." It refers to a family of techniques that form sheet metal. Repoussé can be thought of as focusing on the creation of volume, while chasing is work done to the front such as planishing, lining, matting, and making crisp edges on forms that were raised from behind.
The techniques of chasing and repoussé are traditionally used to add detail to the surface of a piece of hollowware or jewelry. Sheet metal, hollow-formed metal, flatware, and sculptures can all be chased (textured and refined from the front with steel tools called chasing tools and using a chasing hammer), and worked from the back with soft-faced steel tools (repoussé).
The work is held steady in a material called pitch (wood-based resin combined with wax and plaster), and hammered with fine steel tools. Pitch can be held in a heavy metal bowl, spread on a piece of wood or poured into the hollowware piece that is being chased. The versatility of this material is what gives chasing its sculptural and detail possibilities. Contemporary metalsmiths continue to apply these techniques in both traditional and non-traditional ways. What makes these techniques contemporary is the freedom that many artists experience in terms of content and aesthetic.

curated by Nancy Megan Corwin

Remarks

Nancy Megan Corwin's Chasing and Repoussé, Methods Ancient and Modern was published by Brynmorgen Press in 2009. A recent recipient of the GAP (Grants for Artists) Grant from the Artists Trust of Seattle, WA, her work is included in the permanent collection of the Tacoma Art Museum and has been exhibited internationally.

Opening March 17

Artists' reception Friday, March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Opening hours
Tuesday through Saturday from 12 pm - 6 pm
Sunday from 12 pm - 4 pm
The Gallery is closed on Monday
David Huang. Vase: Lucent Terrain #799. Sterling silver, copper, 22k gold leaf.. 30 cm x 30 cm. David, HuangVessel: Lucent Terrain #799Sterling silver, copper, 22k gold leaf.30 cm x 30 cmPhoto by the artist. David Huang
Vase: Lucent Terrain #799
Sterling silver, copper, 22k gold leaf.
30 cm x 30 cm


David, Huang
Vessel: Lucent Terrain #799
Sterling silver, copper, 22k gold leaf.
30 cm x 30 cm
Photo by the artist
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Miel-Margarita Paredes. Vase: Turkey Walker. Copper, brass.. 38 cm x 28 cm x 25.4 cm. Miel-Margarita, ParedesVessel: Turkey WalkerCopper, brass.38 cm x 28 cm x 25.4 cmPhoto by Stephen Funk. Miel-Margarita Paredes
Vase: Turkey Walker
Copper, brass.
38 cm x 28 cm x 25.4 cm


Miel-Margarita, Paredes
Vessel: Turkey Walker
Copper, brass.
38 cm x 28 cm x 25.4 cm
Photo by Stephen Funk
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Catherine Grisez. Vase: Bowl No. Twenty. Brass, sterling silver.. 15 cm x 30 cm x 28 cm. Catherine, GrisezVessel: Bowl No. TwentyBrass, sterling silver.15 cm x 30 cm x 28 cm. Catherine Grisez
Vase: Bowl No. Twenty
Brass, sterling silver.
15 cm x 30 cm x 28 cm


Catherine, Grisez
Vessel: Bowl No. Twenty
Brass, sterling silver.
15 cm x 30 cm x 28 cm

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Jessica Benzaquen. Ring: Cosmic Princess. Sterling silver.. 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 3.5 cm. Jessica, BenzaquenRing: Cosmic PrincessSterling silver.2.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 3.5 cmPhoto by Margo Geist. Jessica Benzaquen
Ring: Cosmic Princess
Sterling silver.
2.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 3.5 cm


Jessica, Benzaquen
Ring: Cosmic Princess
Sterling silver.
2.5 cm x 2.5 cm x 3.5 cm
Photo by Margo Geist
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Kate Case. Brooch: Untitled. Sterling silver.. 7.5 cm. Kate, CaseBroochSterling silver.7.5 cmPhoto by the artist. Kate Case
Brooch: Untitled
Sterling silver.
7.5 cm


Kate, Case
Brooch
Sterling silver.
7.5 cm
Photo by the artist
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Linda Kindler Priest. Brooch: Dreams of the Big Cheese. 14k gold, 58 pt orange sapphires, 28 pt sapphires, citrine slice.. 2.5 cm x 7.5 cm x .3 cm. Linda, Kindler PriestBrooch: Dreams of the Big Cheese14k gold, 58 pt orange sapphires, 28 pt sapphires, citrine slice.2.5 cm x 7.5 cm x .3 cmPhoto by Gordon Bernstein. Linda Kindler Priest
Brooch: Dreams of the Big Cheese
14k gold, 58 pt orange sapphires, 28 pt sapphires, citrine slice.
2.5 cm x 7.5 cm x .3 cm


Linda, Kindler Priest
Brooch: Dreams of the Big Cheese
14k gold, 58 pt orange sapphires, 28 pt sapphires, citrine slice.
2.5 cm x 7.5 cm x .3 cm
Photo by Gordon Bernstein
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Catherine Clark Gilbertson. Earrings: Earpiece # 2. 18k gold. 5 cm x 5 cm. Catherine, Clark GilbertsonEarrings: Earpiece # 218k gold5 cm x 5 cm. Catherine Clark Gilbertson
Earrings: Earpiece # 2
18k gold
5 cm x 5 cm


Catherine, Clark Gilbertson
Earrings: Earpiece # 2
18k gold
5 cm x 5 cm

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Liza Nechamkin Glasser. Piece: Snack Series #2. Sterling silver. 12.7 cm diameter. Liza, Nechamkin GlasserPiece: Snack Series #2Sterling silver12.7 cm diameterPhoto by Robin Schwartz. Liza Nechamkin Glasser
Piece: Snack Series #2
Sterling silver
12.7 cm diameter


Liza, Nechamkin Glasser
Piece: Snack Series #2
Sterling silver
12.7 cm diameter
Photo by Robin Schwartz
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Komelia Hongja Okim. Brooch: Pine. Sterling silver. 6.5 cm x 10 cm. Komelia, Hongja OkimBrooch: PineSterling silver6.5 cm x 10 cm. Komelia Hongja Okim
Brooch: Pine
Sterling silver
6.5 cm x 10 cm


Komelia, Hongja Okim
Brooch: Pine
Sterling silver
6.5 cm x 10 cm

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Candace Beardslee. Vase: Botanical Study VII. Copper, metal dye. 20 cm x  13.5 cm. Candace, BeardsleeVessel: Botanical Study VIICopper, metal dye20 cm x  13.5 cmPhoto by Doug Yaple. Candace Beardslee
Vase: Botanical Study VII
Copper, metal dye
20 cm x 13.5 cm


Candace, Beardslee
Vessel: Botanical Study VII
Copper, metal dye
20 cm x 13.5 cm
Photo by Doug Yaple
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Greg Wilbur. Vase: Oysters on the Mangrove. Copper. 23 cm x 23 cm x 30 cm. Greg, WilburVessel: Oysters on the MangroveCopper23 cm x 23 cm x 30 cm. Greg Wilbur
Vase: Oysters on the Mangrove
Copper
23 cm x 23 cm x 30 cm


Greg, Wilbur
Vessel: Oysters on the Mangrove
Copper
23 cm x 23 cm x 30 cm

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Davide Bigazzi. Cufflinks: Fiori. 18k gold, sterling silver, black diamonds. 6.35 cm x 4.5 cm x 5 cm. Davide, BigazziCuffs: Fiori18k gold, sterling silver, black diamonds6.35 cm x 4.5 cm x 5 cmPhoto by George Post. Davide Bigazzi
Cufflinks: Fiori
18k gold, sterling silver, black diamonds
6.35 cm x 4.5 cm x 5 cm


Davide, Bigazzi
Cuffs: Fiori
18k gold, sterling silver, black diamonds
6.35 cm x 4.5 cm x 5 cm
Photo by George Post
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Suzanne Pugh. Object: J. Franklin. 12.5 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm. Suzanne, PughObject: J. Franklin12.5 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm. Suzanne Pugh
Object: J. Franklin
12.5 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm


Suzanne, Pugh
Object: J. Franklin
12.5 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm

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Charles Lewton Brain. Brooch: Charles Side (Self Portrait). Sterling silver. 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm. Charles, Lewton BrainBrooch: Charles Side (Self Portrait)Sterling silver7.5 cm x 7.5 cmPhoto by the artist. Charles Lewton Brain
Brooch: Charles Side (Self Portrait)
Sterling silver
7.5 cm x 7.5 cm


Charles, Lewton Brain
Brooch: Charles Side (Self Portrait)
Sterling silver
7.5 cm x 7.5 cm
Photo by the artist
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Keith A. Lewis. Brooch: Descent. Sterling silver, 18k gold, limoges and basse-taille enamel. 3.8 cm x 9 cm x 7.5 cm. Keith A., LewisBrooch: DescentSterling silver, 18k gold, limoges and basse-taille enamel3.8 cm x 9 cm x 7.5 cmPhoto by the artist. Keith A. Lewis
Brooch: Descent
Sterling silver, 18k gold, limoges and basse-taille enamel
3.8 cm x 9 cm x 7.5 cm


Keith A., Lewis
Brooch: Descent
Sterling silver, 18k gold, limoges and basse-taille enamel
3.8 cm x 9 cm x 7.5 cm
Photo by the artist
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