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Kiff Slemmons: Huesos

Exhibition  /  07 Feb 2012  -  06 Mar 2012
Published: 18.01.2012
Kiff Slemmons: Huesos.
Gallery Loupe
Management:
Patti Bleicher and Eileen David
Kiff Slemmons. Neckpiece: Wreath. Cotton Agave handmade paper, Oaxaca, Mexico 2010-2011. Kiff Slemmons
Neckpiece: Wreath
Cotton Agave handmade paper, Oaxaca, Mexico 2010-2011
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Intro
Kiff Slemmons spent ten years collaborating with the artisans of Arte Papel in Oaxaca, Mexico. The result is a collection of paper jewelry - Gallery Loupe is pleased to exhibit selections from this body of work.

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Kiff Slemmons
Kiff Slemmons spent ten years collaborating with the artisans of Arte Papel in Oaxaca, Mexico. The result is a collection of paper jewelry which is highly sculptural and utilizes indigenous plants, fibers, natural and synthetic dyes. Gallery Loupe is pleased to exhibit selections from this body of work from February 7-March 6, 2012.

The work emerged from Slemmons’ art residences at Arte Papel Oaxaca where work was done by the artist and members of the atelier. Early pieces referenced African jewelry with discs built up into sculptural bead forms. Later pieces exhibit the techniques of folding, cutting, hollow punching, rolled and formed paper pulp. The atelier is dedicated to “reviving the pre-Columbian tradition of making paper from natural fibers”.

"Talking about paper in Oaxaca involves countering assumptions about the material, its fragility vs. strength, the metaphoric implications of paper in this regard, in relation to books and the culture at large,” says the artist. What paper meant in pre-contact culture in Mexico, its magnified significance after conquest, its current place in culture today, ours and theirs. How I came to work as I did there means looking at my previous work, how it might have led to such a project which involves a kind of world view through jewelry and writing. “ She continues, “My work is really not technique determined, even with the paper. It's ideas that interest me first. And the possibility of being poetic in a visual language. "

Remarks

An artist reception with the artist will take place on February 11th from 7-9 p.m.
The artist will give a lecture on Feb 7th at 7pm, 92nd St. Y, NYC.

Opening hours of Gallery Loupe:

Tuesday - Friday 11-18.00
Saturday & Sunday 12-17.00
or by appointment
Kiff Slemmons. Bracelet: Caracol. Cotton Agave handmade paper, Oaxaca, Mexico 2010-2011. Kiff Slemmons
Bracelet: Caracol
Cotton Agave handmade paper, Oaxaca, Mexico 2010-2011
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Kiff Slemmons. Neckpiece: 10 Squares. Cotton Agave handmade paper, Oaxaca, Mexico 2010-2011. Kiff Slemmons
Neckpiece: 10 Squares
Cotton Agave handmade paper, Oaxaca, Mexico 2010-2011
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Kiff Slemmons. Neckpiece: Seven Strand Cones. Cotton Agave handmade paper, Oaxaca, Mexico 2010-2011. Kiff Slemmons
Neckpiece: Seven Strand Cones
Cotton Agave handmade paper, Oaxaca, Mexico 2010-2011
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