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Vessels by Kay + June

Exhibition  /  01 Apr 2014  -  30 Apr 2014
Published: 07.04.2014
June Schwarcz. Vessel: 2461, 2012. Copper, enamel. 4 X 6 X 10 1/2'. June Schwarcz
Vessel: 2461, 2012
Copper, enamel
4 X 6 X 10 1/2"
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Intro
In celebration of the SFO Museum’s exhibition “Turn, Weave, Fire, and Fold: Vessels from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection,” Velvet Da Vinci is proud to exhibit an important collection of works by two California masters, fiber artist Kay Sekimachi and enamelist June Schwarcz.

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Kay Sekimachi and June Schwarcz
Well known for her enameled copper vessels, 96 year old June Schwarcz studied industrial design before experimenting with metal fabrication techniques and surface treatments, such as electroforming, etching and engraving. Her abstract forms are renowned for their rich textured surfaces, built from multiple layers of transparent enamels that vary in color and opacity. Organic in shape and composition, Schwarcz’s innovative pieces can be found in the collections of the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington DC and the Museum of Applied Arts in Zurich, among others. A California native, Schwarcz lives in an art-filled home in Sausalito and continues to make work nearly every day.

Kay Sekimachi constructs three dimensional woven forms and fabricated paper vessels that explore ideas of space, transparency, and movement. Utilizing labor intensive processes and techniques, the artist creates serene and elegant functional and nonfunctional objects using both natural and man-made materials. Elements such as bark, paper, twine, coral and shell are transformed into intricate vessel forms, suspended pieces, and sculptural jewelry, inspired by the artist’s ancestral homeland of Japan. Born in 1926 in San Francisco, Sekimachi studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland from 1946 to 1949. Today, at 87 years old, Sekimachi is recognized as a pioneer of the craft field, celebrated for her inventive explorations in fiber. She presently lives, works, and maintains an active studio in Berkeley, CA.
June Schwarcz. Vessel: 2376, 2012. Copper, enamel. 8 1/2 X 8 X 7 1/4'. June Schwarcz
Vessel: 2376, 2012
Copper, enamel
8 1/2 X 8 X 7 1/4"
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June Schwarcz. Vessel: 2454, 2012. Silver. 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 X 10 1/2. June Schwarcz
Vessel: 2454, 2012
Silver
8 1/2 X 8 1/2 X 10 1/2
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June Schwarcz. Vessel: 2383, 2009. Copper, enamel. 4 1/2 X 8”. June Schwarcz
Vessel: 2383, 2009
Copper, enamel
4 1/2 X 8”
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Kay Sekimachi. Vessel: # 5, 2014. Khaki paper with linen threads. 6 3/4 X 5'. Kay Sekimachi
Vessel: # 5, 2014
Khaki paper with linen threads
6 3/4 X 5"
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Kay Sekimachi. Vessel: # 02, 2014. Brown hornets nest paper bowl. 6 3/4' X 3 1/4'. Kay Sekimachi
Vessel: # 02, 2014
Brown hornets nest paper bowl
6 3/4" X 3 1/4"
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Kay Sekimachi. Pin: Painted Coral, 2012. Coral, paint. 1 1/4 X 3/4' each. Kay Sekimachi
Pin: Painted Coral, 2012
Coral, paint
1 1/4 X 3/4" each
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Kay Sekimachi. Wall Piece: Black + White Twine Lines. Split ply, paper cord, Danish twine. 10 X 6 X 5″ each. Kay, SekimachiWall Piece: Black + White Twine LinesSplit ply, paper cord, Danish twine10 X 6 X 5″ each. Kay Sekimachi
Wall Piece: Black + White Twine Lines
Split ply, paper cord, Danish twine
10 X 6 X 5″ each


Kay, Sekimachi
Wall Piece: Black + White Twine Lines
Split ply, paper cord, Danish twine
10 X 6 X 5″ each

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