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Harold O'Connor: Spotlight

Exhibition  /  09 Nov 2013  -  29 Nov 2013
Published: 11.11.2013
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Intro
"I create small objects which happen to be wearable" - By exploring different techniques, Harold O'connor explores the contrast between texture and smooth surfaces in his jewellery.

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Harold O'Connor
"For O'Connor, jewelry presents a contrast between texture and smooth surfaces. He has experimented with various forms of casting, including cuttlefish bone, which leaves a porous imprint on the metal. He also favors reticulation, a method of texturing metal by dusting it with minute particles of silver or gold and then heating the piece until the granules become part of the surface, and mokume, a Japanese technique of laminating metals to create a surface for repousse design. He is an expert at laying metal until it looks like crinkled paper. Most recently, O'Connor has inlaid pieces of granulated metal in rock as one more exercise in the study of surface differences. A favorite stone of his is spectrolite, a feldspar discovered in Finland in 1938 that appears opaque and dark upon first observation. When the light strikes it at 30 degrees, it takes on brilliant hues of green and blue. While O'Connor does not do lapidary, he selects his materials carefully, even traveling to mines in Finland for the spectrolite he uses in his work."

"Through the Golden Eye: The Artistry of Harold O'Connor" by Dexter Cirillo, American Craft Magazine

Selected Public Collections

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England | The Goldsmiths Hall, London, England | Cesky Raj Museum, Turnov, Czech Republic | The State Art Gallery, Legnecia, Poland | The German Goldsmith Society, Hanau, Germany | The Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI | The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY | The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC | The National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN | Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Harold O'Connor. Brooch: Untitled, 2013. 18k gold, silver, granulation, spectrolite. 2.5x1.5x0.25 inches. Harold O'Connor
Brooch: Untitled, 2013
18k gold, silver, granulation, spectrolite
2.5x1.5x0.25 inches
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Harold O'Connor. Pendant: Untitled, 2013. 18k gold, silver, granulation. 2.8x2x0.25 inches, length 18 inches. Harold O'Connor
Pendant: Untitled, 2013
18k gold, silver, granulation
2.8x2x0.25 inches, length 18 inches
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Harold O'Connor. Brooch: Untitled, 2013. 18k gold, silver, granulation, spectrolite. 3x1x0.25 inches. Harold O'Connor
Brooch: Untitled, 2013
18k gold, silver, granulation, spectrolite
3x1x0.25 inches
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Harold O'Connor. Ring: Untitled, 2013. 18k gold, silver, granulation, geode. 1.25x1x1.25 inches. Harold O'Connor
Ring: Untitled, 2013
18k gold, silver, granulation, geode
1.25x1x1.25 inches
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