SOFA New York 2007

Fair  /  31 May 2007  -  03 Jun 2007
Published: 03.04.2007
Ruudt Peters. Brooch: Nefesh, 2006. Silver, glass. 160 x 105 x 65 mm. Sefiroth series. Ruudt Peters
Brooch: Nefesh, 2006
Silver, glass
160 x 105 x 65 mm
Sefiroth series
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The 10th edition will exhibit art of approximately 60 art galleries and dealers from many countries, with artworks bridging the decorative and fine arts.

The 10th Annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art: SOFA NEW YORK 2007presents 57 international art and design galleries and dealers. Cutting edge art jewelry from around the world will be represented by more than a dozen SOFA exhibitors, including Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, London; Ornamentum, Hudson, NY; Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA and Charon Kransen Arts, New York. Key jewelers will speak in the SOFA NEW YORK Lecture Series, free with SOFA admission.

Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon presents internationally recognized designer and jeweler Adam Paxon from Scotland. In 2002, Paxon was awarded the coveted Herbert Hofmann prize at ‘Schmuck’ International Jewellery Exhibition in Munich. He makes one-off pieces of acrylic jewelry —objects in their own right— which he calls “creatures to wear.”
Also represented by Clare Beck is Japanese metalsmith based in London, Junko Mori, who was shortlisted for Great Britain's prestigious Jerwood Prize in Jewellery in 2005. Mori forges thousands of mild steel or fine silver pieces by hand hammering, each piece organically formed by the creative process. "I am always drawn to the visual impact of an aggregate... uncontrollable beauty is the core of my concept."

Ornamentum showcases jewelry by Dutch artist Iris Eichenberg, winner of numerous prestigious international awards, such as the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Award, the Artist Stimulation Award, and the Herbert Hoffman Award. Eichenberg will speak in the SOFA NEW YORK 2007 Lecture Series on her most recent series of works, “inspired by the material remnants of Western and Eastern European immigration to the New World…loss and belonging, dislocation and resettlement, consistencies and transformations in taste.”
Ornamentum also presents the art of Dutch jeweler and sculptor, Ruudt Peters, who was awarded the prestigious Françoise van den Bosch Prize in 2000. Speaking in the SOFA NEW YORK 2006 Lecture Series, Peters said, “Every piece of jewelry conceals what it adorns.” He explained, “Jewelry is highly communicative. You have to come close to experience it.” And yet “If you grasp at things desirously, they will retreat.” In early installations, Ruudt’s jewelry was hidden behind gauze netting tents or nestled in little pillows under a handing lamp as if in a nursery setting—“They’re my babies,” Ruudt said.

Sienna Gallery spotlights the conceptual art jewelry of Chicago based artist, Kiff Slemmons. In the SOFA NEW YORK Lecture Series, Slemmons will discuss her recent project  "Re:Pair and Imperfection", for which she solicited "broken, incomplete, or inconclusive fragments" from artist/jeweler colleagues and made new work from them --"rather like translating one poem into 18 languages". The lecture is presented by the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Charon Kransen Arts presents jeweler Claude Schmitz of Luxemborg, a young artist whose clean, formal idiom often embraces the circle as a point of departure and return. Schmitz says, “my work consists of tradition, values, possession, status and a matter of scale and weight. I do not intend to tell a whole story —I just provide the ingredients; the rest is a matter of interpretation”.
Charon Kransen will also showcase Australian artist, Catherine Truman, who draws inspiration from human anatomy and movement. In the SOFA NEW YORK Lecture Series, Truman will discuss her carved wood jewelry that evokes “a sensory response to physical recognition and resemblance". The lecture is presented by Art Jewelry Forum.

T: 800.563.SOFA (7632) or 773.506.8860
F: 773.506.8892

Dates and price

Dates & Hours

Friday, June 1 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday, June 2 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday, June 3 Noon – 6pm

One day admission $20
Three-day admission $35
Tickets are available at the door and include a SOFA catalog, quantity permitting.

Opening Night Preview
Thursday evening, May 31 at the Armory
The evening is a benefit for New York’s Museum of Arts & Design ( For tickets, email, call 212.956.3535, ext. 113, or download the reservation form here:


Lecture Series

Wednesday, May 30

•6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St, NYC
Women's Tales: Four Leading Israeli Jewelers
Israeli jewelers Bianca Eshel-Gershuni, Vered Kaminski, Esther Knobel, and Deganit Stern Schocken talk about their role in forging an Israeli identity in the contemporary jewelry movement that is distinctive from that of Europe and America. With Davira S. Taragin, curator of the exhibition, Women's Tales: Four Israeli Jewelers, and Helen W. Drutt English, author and curator. Reception and book signing to follow.

Friday, June 1

• 11:00 am - Noon
Fernando Casasempere: From Outside In; A Cultural Voyage
Casasempere talks about the trajectory and the reference which he leans on, either consciously or unconsciously, to build his imagery; and also the effect that new stimuli and different world views have upon his work. A native of Santiago, Chile, Casasempere currently resides in London and is represented by Joanna Bird Pottery.

• 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Catherine Truman: The Crafting of Human Anatomy
An Australian jeweler and object maker, Truman draws inspiration from the history of anatomy and the study of human movement. The resulting works, characteristically carved from wood, evoke a sensory response to physical recognition and resemblance. Truman will discuss the conceptual and technical threads that weave through the development of her most recent work. She is represented by Charon Kransen Arts; the lecture is presented by Art Jewelry Forum.

• 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Iris Eichenberg: Timelines
A foreigner in the countries in which she lives and works, Eichenberg observes, from a distance, the remnants and relics of lives lived elsewhere, bearing witness to the tastes, traditions and passions of other migrants. The Amsterdam-based German artist will take up her new position as Artist in Residence and Head of the Metal/Jewelry Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, this fall. Eichenberg is represented by Ornamentum.

Saturday, June 2

• 11:00 am - Noon
Kiff Slemmons: Beyond Repair
Slemmons discusses her recent project, "Re:Pair and Imperfection", an exhibition that originated at the Chicago Cultural Center and traveled to Palo Alto and Philadelphia. As a way to explore the idea of the imperfect and acknowledge a perceived need for increased vitality and cross pollination, Slemmons solicited "broken, incomplete, or inconclusive fragments" from artist/jeweler colleagues and made new work from them-"rather like translating one poem into 18 languages." Slemmons is represented by Sienna Gallery; the lecture is presented by the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

• 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ethan Stern: The Surface Contains
Stern discusses the development of his work and its early evolution from ceramics. He will also look at the current movement in new glass toward the investigation of surface as content (narrative vs. formal), illustrated with images of work by young artists exploring this concept. Stern is represented by Chappell Gallery.

• 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Margaret Keelan: Intimate and Universal Stories
Keelan's figurative ceramic sculptures convey the beauty and inevitability of the aging process, mapping the trajectory of her life and connecting it to the universal story. Her works reference 19th century dolls, Mexican "santos" figures and American folk art. Keelan is represented by Lacoste Gallery.

Claude Schmitz. Brooch: All of my fruit is yours to take, 2006. Silver, green achat, paint. Charon Kransen Arts. Claude Schmitz
Brooch: All of my fruit is yours to take, 2006
Silver, green achat, paint
Charon Kransen Arts
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Esther Knobel. Brooch: Mind in the Hand # 1, 2007. Silver, iron. Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA. Esther Knobel
Brooch: Mind in the Hand # 1, 2007
Silver, iron
Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA
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Iris Eichenberg. Brooch: Untitled. Iris, EichenbergBrooch: UntitledTimeless series
. Ornamentum, Hudson, NY. Iris Eichenberg
Brooch: Untitled

Iris, Eichenberg
Brooch: Untitled
Timeless series
Ornamentum, Hudson, NY
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Adam Paxon. Brooch: Untitled. Acrylic. Adam, PaxonBrooch: UntitledAcrylicClare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, London. Adam Paxon
Brooch: Untitled

Adam, Paxon
Brooch: Untitled
Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon, London
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