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Where Words Fail by Iris Eichenberg

Exhibition  /  25 Jun 2022  -  30 Oct 2022
Published: 29.06.2022
Iris Eichenberg. Brooch: Heimat, 2004. Silver, earth, wood glue.. 10.6 x 6.3 x 1.5 cm). Photo by: Tim Thayer. From series: Heimat. Iris Eichenberg
Brooch: Heimat, 2004
Silver, earth, wood glue.
10.6 x 6.3 x 1.5 cm)
Photo by: Tim Thayer
From series: Heimat
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Intro
A critical international perspective to Iris Eichenberg's jewelry and metalwork and is exceptionally relevant in today’s world-embracing topics of gender and queer identity and Heimat, a German word denoting the personal happiness and inner peace found upon reaching a safe haven.

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Iris Eichenberg
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Since the mid-1970s, artists worldwide have reacted against the age-old exclusivity and preciousness of jewelry, advocating for conceptual statements creatively fabricated primarily from a wide assortment of nonprecious materials. With a thirty-year and counting studio practice centered first in Europe and now in America, German artist Iris Eichenberg is one of the most influential contributors to this discourse. Because of her tireless interrogation into materiality, Eichenberg exemplifies what noted critic and curator Glenn Adamson calls the “post-disciplinary” artist. Instead of focusing on one medium and process, Eichenberg continually seeks to find the craft processes and combinations of materials that best suit the idea at hand. An educator and prolific artist who lectures and conducts workshops worldwide, she imparts this methodology—a direct outcome of the open, creatively tolerant environment she enjoyed while working in Amsterdam—to the numerous international jewelry artists who come to study with her.

In today’s world with its outcry for social justice, Eichenberg engages the viewer in conversations that embrace such timely topics as gender and identity, the search for a safe, welcoming haven, and the veracity of reality. In fact, having lived and worked in Germany, the Netherlands, and now the United States, Eichenberg brings to contemporary jewelry and metalwork an unusual multicultural perspective. Better known for her jewelry than the objects that largely constitute her present practice, she has created work that ranges from amuletlike forms to reflective, often wistful installations. One of her underlying subjects is the body, which she references using recurrent motifs in a provocative, at times direct, at times poetic, manner.

Iris Eichenberg: Where Words Fail will be the first comprehensive mid-career survey in the United States of this artist’s aesthetic, with key loans of jewelry, objects, and installations from international private and public collections, and accompanied by an illustrated publication. The exhibition will comprise approximately forty works documenting Eichenberg’s development from her groundbreaking graduation show at the Rietveld to new statements created specifically for this exhibition.


Iris Eichenberg: Where Words Fail is made possible, in part, by the Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant from Art Jewelry Forum. This exhibition is generously supported by Goethe-Institut San Francisco, the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Barbara Waldman, and Rodney Turner and Ken Thongcharoen.

The Museum of Craft and Design’s exhibitions and programs are generously supported by Anonymous and Grants for the Arts. Additional support provided by Hunter Douglas and Dorothy Saxe.

A publication accompanying the exhibition will be available online and in the museum store.

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Sarah Beth Rosales, Marketing and Communications Director.
sbrosales@sfmcd.org
415 773 0303
 
Iris Eichenberg. Wall piece: It is Getting Darker, 2019. Paper, cotton, charcoal, graphite, steel, copper.. 99.7 x 45.1 x 55.9 cm). Photo by: Clare Gatto. From series: It is Getting Darker. Iris Eichenberg
Wall piece: It is Getting Darker, 2019
Paper, cotton, charcoal, graphite, steel, copper.
99.7 x 45.1 x 55.9 cm)
Photo by: Clare Gatto
From series: It is Getting Darker
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Iris Eichenberg. Brooch: Untitled, 1997. Silver, foam, wood.. 12 x 8 x 6.5 cm. Photo by: Eddo Hartmann. Part of: Galerie Rob Koudijs, collection Koudijs/Schrijver. Iris Eichenberg
Brooch: Untitled, 1997
Silver, foam, wood.
12 x 8 x 6.5 cm
Photo by: Eddo Hartmann
Part of: Galerie Rob Koudijs, collection Koudijs/Schrijver
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Iris Eichenberg. Brooch: New Rooms, 2008. Wood, copper, enamel, brass, embroidery.. 12.7 x 7.6 x 5 cm. Part of: Collection of Catherine Rose, Dallas, Texas. From series: New Rooms. Iris Eichenberg
Brooch: New Rooms, 2008
Wood, copper, enamel, brass, embroidery.
12.7 x 7.6 x 5 cm
Part of: Collection of Catherine Rose, Dallas, Texas
From series: New Rooms
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Iris Eichenberg. Brooch: Duitse Velden, 2004. Silver, fur.. 12 x 9 x 2.8 cm. Photo by: CODA Museum. From series: Heimat. Iris Eichenberg
Brooch: Duitse Velden, 2004
Silver, fur.
12 x 9 x 2.8 cm
Photo by: CODA Museum
From series: Heimat
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Iris Eichenberg. Brooch: Entero 1, 1996. Glazed porcelain, silver.. 3.5 x 3.2 x 8.9 cm. Photo by: Tim Thayer. Iris Eichenberg
Brooch: Entero 1, 1996
Glazed porcelain, silver.
3.5 x 3.2 x 8.9 cm
Photo by: Tim Thayer
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Iris Eichenberg. Brooch: Buttonhole Funnel Brooch, 1996. Glazed porcelain, silver.. 4.4 x 5.7 x 11.4 cm. Photo by: Tim Thayer. Iris Eichenberg
Brooch: Buttonhole Funnel Brooch, 1996
Glazed porcelain, silver.
4.4 x 5.7 x 11.4 cm
Photo by: Tim Thayer
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Iris Eichenberg. Object: Two of the Same Kind Keeping Each Other Warm, 1998. Felted wool.. 19.5 x 29.5 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Eddo Hartmann. Part of: Galerie Rob Koudijs, collection Koudijs/Schrijver. Iris Eichenberg
Object: Two of the Same Kind Keeping Each Other Warm, 1998
Felted wool.
19.5 x 29.5 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Eddo Hartmann
Part of: Galerie Rob Koudijs, collection Koudijs/Schrijver
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Iris Eichenberg. Necklace: Exophthalmos, 1994. Wool, silver, hair.. 27 x 14 x 1.7 cm. Photo by: Eddo Hartmnann. Part of: Galerie Rob Koudijs, collection Koudijs/Schrijver. Iris Eichenberg
Necklace: Exophthalmos, 1994
Wool, silver, hair.
27 x 14 x 1.7 cm
Photo by: Eddo Hartmnann
Part of: Galerie Rob Koudijs, collection Koudijs/Schrijver
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Iris Eichenberg. Piece: Untitled, 2012. Silver, glass beads, found object, ribbon, plastic.. 8.6 x 111.8 x 6.7 cm. Photo by: Tim Thayer. Iris Eichenberg
Piece: Untitled, 2012
Silver, glass beads, found object, ribbon, plastic.
8.6 x 111.8 x 6.7 cm
Photo by: Tim Thayer
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