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Wearable Pewter

Exhibition  /  21 Sep 2019  -  07 Dec 2019
Published: 15.09.2019
Wearable Pewter.
Alliages
Curator:
Teresa Faris, James Thuman
Management:
Juan Riusech
Ana Lopez. Necklace: Pendulous, 2019. Pewter, stainless steel, silver, brass.. Ana Lopez
Necklace: Pendulous, 2019
Pewter, stainless steel, silver, brass.
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Intro
After & first stop at the SNAG and a second in the Turkish gallery Aise Taki, the exhibition stops at Alliages for its final destination.

Artist list

Teresa Faris, Frankie Flood, Ana Lopez, Kyle Patnaude, Juan Riusech, Michael Rybicki, Donna Mason Sweigart, James Thurman, Umut Demirgüç Thurman, Jennifer Wells
Wearable Pewter: Behind glass, on a shelf, in a drawer, the pewter serving set sits, patiently awaiting a dinner party when it can be called forth and put on displayed. This is the musty image most of us have of pewter: a less expensive, less fashionable, somewhat utilitarian (if not maligned) metal used by past generations to entertain guests at the dinner table. Often camouflaged to look like silver, its identity has been “polished” away, reducing it to a cheap imitation of its more prized cousin. Or its unfortunate historical relationship with lead has “tarnished” pewter’s reputation, often calling into question its health and safety. Perhaps it is best to keep it in that drawer or cabinet?

If there is a metal in need of a facelift, pewter is perhaps at the front of the line. Its potentialities have been long neglected, at least until now. With “Wearable Pewter,” we get a new look at an old medium. Curated by Teresa Faris and James Thurman, the exhibit features twelve jewelry smiths who each explore the unique properties of pewter through a wide range of artistic experiments. Taking advantage of pewter’s low melting temperature, artists play with the elasticity, pliability, and fluidity of the metal, fusing it with unlikely partners such as wood and sterling silver. And as pewter couples, merges, and blends with other media, it becomes a complex metaphor for cultural hybridization, evolutionary mutations, queerness, and translation. Thus, pewter’s material properties become vehicles for cultural, social, and sexual processes that speak to contemporary issues.

As noted French philosopher Jacques Rancière might argue, an aesthetic experience is a repartitioning of the sensible. By this, he means that sensation abides by its own hierarchies, which are habituated through rituals of seeing, hearing, tasting, and touching. Yet in aesthetic moments, there is a shift in what can be sensed. Aesthetic moments are forged through displacements of expectations, disorientations of sensations, and affective disjunctions that open the body’s sensorium up to new configurations. Seemingly necessary connections between form and function are ruptured, producing unusual moments that grab the eye, snag the ear, and in turn, produce alternative sensorial partitions.

In Wearable Pewter, we have a collection of objects that, each in their own small yet powerful ways, offer up aesthetic events. Through displacements of the medium and experimentation with its plasticity, surface texture, and cultural meanings, pewter takes on new, dynamic possibilities above and beyond its traditional, utilitarian use as houseware. If pewter is the proletariat of the metals (a hard worker, given little credit for services rendered, and often dismissed by more nobler metals), then Wearable Pewter is nothing less than pewter’s revolution. Or if pewter traditionally stands for a certain notion of the bourgeois, nuclear family, then this is its (queer) coming out party. In either case, Wearable Pewter finally liberates the material from being “poor man’s silver,” and in turn, offers viewers an unbridled celebration of a metal capable of expressing 21st century ideas, techniques, and styles.
/ Dr. Tyson Lewis

Opening

20th of September, 2019, Friday, 6 pm.
Teresa Faris. Brooch: CWaB: Lien #12, 2019. Sterling silver, stainless steel, wood altered by a bird, reclaimed Comfy Perch™.. 16.5 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm. Teresa Faris
Brooch: CWaB: Lien #12, 2019
Sterling silver, stainless steel, wood altered by a bird, reclaimed Comfy Perch™.
16.5 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm
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James Thurman. Object: Vessel with pendant lid on chain, 2019. Spun and hammer formed copper, lathe-turned Thurmanite, sterling silver, 3mm synthetic emerald, hand forged pewter chain (81.3 cm).. 8.3 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm. From series: Re-Turning. James Thurman
Object: Vessel with pendant lid on chain, 2019
Spun and hammer formed copper, lathe-turned Thurmanite, sterling silver, 3mm synthetic emerald, hand forged pewter chain (81.3 cm).
8.3 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm
From series: Re-Turning
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Teresa Faris. Brooch: CWaB: Lien #15, 2019. Pewter, wood altered by a bird, stainless pin stem.. 8.9 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm. Teresa Faris
Brooch: CWaB: Lien #15, 2019
Pewter, wood altered by a bird, stainless pin stem.
8.9 x 10.2 x 2.5 cm
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Frankie Flood. Pendant: Butterfly, 2019. Pewter, aluminium, stainless steel cable, cast pewter; from SLA 3D print, fabricated; aluminium, stainless steel cable.. 30.5 x 20.3 x 8.9 cm. Frankie Flood
Pendant: Butterfly, 2019
Pewter, aluminium, stainless steel cable, cast pewter; from SLA 3D print, fabricated; aluminium, stainless steel cable.
30.5 x 20.3 x 8.9 cm
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Kyle Patnaude. Bracelet: Mighty White: Distortion #01, 2019. Pewter, leather, steel.. 17.8 x 3.2 x 15.2 cm. Kyle Patnaude
Bracelet: Mighty White: Distortion #01, 2019
Pewter, leather, steel.
17.8 x 3.2 x 15.2 cm
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Juan Riusech. Brooch: Heart shadows, why are you lying me?, 2019. PLA, pewter, coating, pigments, copper, silver, acrylic paint.. 10 x 7 x 3 cm. Juan Riusech
Brooch: Heart shadows, why are you lying me?, 2019
PLA, pewter, coating, pigments, copper, silver, acrylic paint.
10 x 7 x 3 cm
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Donna Mason Sweigart. Necklace: Affection, 2019. Pewter, stainless steel.. Donna Mason Sweigart
Necklace: Affection, 2019
Pewter, stainless steel.
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Umut Demirguc Thurman. Brooch: Bird’s Eye View, 2019. Sterling silver, pewter, steel.. 6.4 x 7.6 x 0.6 cm. Umut Demirguc Thurman
Brooch: Bird’s Eye View, 2019
Sterling silver, pewter, steel.
6.4 x 7.6 x 0.6 cm
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Jeniffer Wells. Earrings: Within / Without, 2019. Pewter, iron wire, cork tree bark/pewter, iron wire.. 7 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm; 7 x 5.1 x 1.3 cm. Jeniffer Wells
Earrings: Within / Without, 2019
Pewter, iron wire, cork tree bark/pewter, iron wire.
7 x 5.1 x 2.5 cm; 7 x 5.1 x 1.3 cm
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