Exhibition / 17 Aug 2006 - 10 Sep 2006
- Stefan Friedemann
(...) beautiful line drawings of form and shadow created entirely of Nitinol alloy wire and sliced syringe tubes- has a visual "lightness" or "freedom"- incredible proficiency is countered with a very "human" side, making a body of work as harmonious as it is innovative and original.(...)
Artist listSergey Jivetin
International award- winning, Hudson Valley jewelry artist Sergey Jivetin to have his premier solo exhibition at Ornamentum, Hudson, NY.
The year 2005 saw New Paltz, NY jewelry artist Sergey Jivetin receive such important awards as the Grand Prize of the annual Itami Art + Craft Museum design competition in Japan, the prestigious Herbert Hoffman Preis in Munich, Germany and the Emerging Artist Award from the North American organization the Art Jewelry Forum, for his Time Structures series of wearable art comprised of thousands of watch-hands.
2006- with work currently on exhibition in the International exhibition Schmuck (German for Jewelry) at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, and an acquisition by the same museum for their permanent collection- has already proven itself to be another milestone in the burgeoning career of this groundbreaking young artist.
Leaving the complex surfaces of the watch-hands behind, the exhibition of Jivetins new body of work Lineare has been visually reduced to simple pencil drawings of shape and shading- jewelry pieces constructed from two materials- NITINOL- a wire alloy twice as strong as steel and 100 times as flexible which was developed for surgical uses among others, and steel tubes, cut from hypodermic syringes. These materials, at once very human for their healing aspects and very alien in their highly technical manufacture, provide Jivetin with the physical properties needed to create his jewelry, which although visually simple, are created with a technical expertise seldom found in the craft. Often working under magnification to drill thousands of microscopic holes in the syringe tubes- each hole must be perfectly placed to house the hair-thin NITINOL wire which is threaded through it, both to hold the piece together structurally as well as to create each individual pencil line. Jivetin often builds custom jigs on his own milling machine in order to achieve the incredible level of perfection required to reach the end result- sketches of (but not limited to) architectural forms such as the onion domes found in the skyline of Jivetins native Uzbekistan.
Please join us for an artist reception on Saturday August 19, from 6 8 pm.
- Stefan Friedemann
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