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Exhibition  /  09 May 2012  -  17 Jun 2012
Published: 29.04.2012
Wood.
Velvet da Vinci
Management:
Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt
Lina Peterson. Brooch: Bud, 2012. Painted lime wood, white precious metal. Lina Peterson
Brooch: Bud, 2012
Painted lime wood, white precious metal
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Intro
Velvet da Vinci presents twenty-six international artists using wood as the primary material. Ideas of sustainability, preciousness and the sensuality of this humble material are the focus of this new exhibition. Update of the page with more images.

Artist list

Agelio Batle, Garry Knox Bennett, Daniel DiCaprio, Thomas Gentille, Katy Hackney, Julia Harrison, Sachiyo Higaki, Tom Hill, Leonor Hipólito, Deukhee Ka, Kenta Katakura, Djurdjica Kesic, Beppe Kessler, Edgar Mosa, Nick Mullins, Jacob Nyberg, Gitte Nygaard, Lina Peterson, Auba Pont, Fliss Quick, Gustav Reyes, Catherine Truman, Julia Turner, Flóra Vági, Manuel Vilhena, Luzia Vogt
WOOD seeks to explore the exciting new jewelry using wood as the primary material. Carved, polished, inlaid, pegged, painted and charred, WOOD features a variety of wood-working techniques to showcase the versatility of a material not normally considered worthy as jewelry. Ideas of sustainability, preciousness and the sensuality of this humble material are the focus of this new exhibition.

The jewelry in the exhibition ranges from the virtuosic geometric work of Thomas Gentille, one of the best known artist jewelers in the world, to detailed hand-carved portraits of people's eyes by young US based artist Julia Harrison. Bay Area artist Garry Knox Bennett, known as the Furniture World's bad-boy is showing two large colorful neckpieces. Fliss Quick from the UK tells the story of a fictional teenage firebug with a series of talismans imagined to be found in a box under a bunk bed. A number of the artists speak of a spiritual aspect of using wood as a part of Nature and as a rejection of precious metals (and the environmental cost of their production).  Several of the artists use only reclaimed wood and have created objects of adornment instead of becoming landfill.  Wood carving is well represented in the exhibition with abstract forms from Manuel Vilhena (Portugal), Lina Peterson, (UK), Flóra Vági (Hungary) and Kenta Katakura, (Japan).  Tom Hill (UK/USA) carves haunting bird skulls in bleached and painted basswood. Yugoslav Djurdjica Kesic working in Australia whittles native oak stickpins showing that the simplest of techniques can create poetic and thoughtful jewelry. San Francisco artist Agelio Batle plays with preciousness even more by using particle board and covering it in gold leaf.

The 26 artists in WOOD are just a few of the many artists working around the world who feel free from traditional ideas of adornment that dictate that jewelry must be made of gold and gems. They have found beauty in the trunk of a tree.

Remarks

Artist's reception
Friday, May 11 from 6 to 8 pm

Open hours

Tuesday through Saturday from 12 pm - 6 pm
Sunday from 12 pm - 4 pm

The Gallery is closed on Monday
Leonor Hipólito. Button Hole Pin: Bambusa Ventilus, 2008-2012. Wood, silver. 15 x 10.2 x 2.8 cm. Leonor Hipólito
Button Hole Pin: Bambusa Ventilus, 2008-2012
Wood, silver
15 x 10.2 x 2.8 cm
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Luzia Vogt. Brooch: Abendbrot, 2008. Wood, Tagua nut, synthetic material, sterling silver, gold. Luzia Vogt
Brooch: Abendbrot, 2008
Wood, Tagua nut, synthetic material, sterling silver, gold
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Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Coloured Fire, 2012. Metal, balsa wood, felt, resin, acrylic paint. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Coloured Fire, 2012
Metal, balsa wood, felt, resin, acrylic paint
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Daniel Di Caprio. Brooch: Vessel, 2012. Ebony, silver. Daniel Di Caprio
Brooch: Vessel, 2012
Ebony, silver
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Kenta Katakura. Ring: Untitled, 2012. White sycamore. Kenta, KatakuraRing: 2012White sycamore. Kenta Katakura
Ring: Untitled, 2012
White sycamore


Kenta, Katakura
Ring: 2012
White sycamore

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Katy Hackney. Brooch: Diamonds, 2012. Bamboo, formica, cellulose acetate, holly and pear wood, ebony, unknown wood, silver, steel, paint. Katy Hackney
Brooch: Diamonds, 2012
Bamboo, formica, cellulose acetate, holly and pear wood, ebony, unknown wood, silver, steel, paint
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Julia Harrison. Brooch: Blue Belle, 2006. Pear wood, gouache, lacquer, wax, nickel, magnet, epoxy. Julia Harrison
Brooch: Blue Belle, 2006
Pear wood, gouache, lacquer, wax, nickel, magnet, epoxy
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Auba Pont. Pendant: Pendant IV, 2012. Wood, paint, silver, silk thread. Auba Pont
Pendant: Pendant IV, 2012
Wood, paint, silver, silk thread
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Sachiyo Higaki. Brooch: Untitled, 2010. Ebony, milky quartz. Sachiyo, HigakiBrooch: 2010Ebony, milky quartz. Sachiyo Higaki
Brooch: Untitled, 2010
Ebony, milky quartz


Sachiyo, Higaki
Brooch: 2010
Ebony, milky quartz

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Manuel Vilhena. Ring: Shades of Death, 2012. Wood. Manuel Vilhena
Ring: Shades of Death, 2012
Wood
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