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Kiff Slemmons, Tag, You're It!

Lectures  /  OnlineOnly  /  07 Dec 2020  -  12 Dec 2020
Published: 02.12.2020
Aurélie Guillaume. Necklace: Untitled, 2020. Transformed paper tags with metal rims.. Aurélie Guillaume
Necklace: Untitled, 2020
Transformed paper tags with metal rims.
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Intro
In association with Kiff Slemmons, Tag, You’re It!, an online exhibition that explores how jewelry both identifies us and draws together our diversities through the use of altered tags by artists and jewelers, Gallery Loupe and The Jewelry Library presents a series of lively conversations with Kiff Slemmons and friends on Zoom. The exhibition will be online until 31 Dec.

Artist list

Ani Afshar, Mike Arnold, Catherine Bowyer, Penny Burns, Susann Craig, Trine Ellitsgaard, Aurélie Guillaume, Anne Hirondelle, Michael Kreis, Matt Lambert, Peter Landon, Cheryl Lavers, Keith Lewis, Pasha Moezzi, Alexis Myre, Peter Olsen, Karen Patinkin, Maria Phillips, Kimberly Rachal, Georgina Silver, Kiff Slemmons, Curtis Steiner, C. Thresher, Terry Turrell, Catherine Vandenbrink, Patrick Wilkins
Dates:
Monday, 7 Dec, 6 pm (GTM-5). Kiff Slemmons and Curtis Steiner. 
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Thursday, 10 Dec, 8 pm (GTM-5). Kiff Slemmons and Catherine Bowyer, Patrick Wilkins, and C. Thresher. 
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Saturday, 12 Dec, 4 pm (GTM-5). Kiff Slemmons and Keith Lewis. 
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Readymade key tags ordinarily serve as a mundane means of identification, but here they are transformed by artists and jewelers into necklaces whose visual language ranges from highly refined to spontaneously gestural. The tags represent a cultural moment where such languages display identities of a different sort. All are part of the notion that it takes more than one to make one: the power of the fragment on its own and in its capacity as part of a whole.

Over 20 years ago, Slemmons created a series of necklaces composed of 100 key tags. Each tag was marked by her fingerprints, making them her “signature” works, while extending the idea of more than one to make one.

Always jewelry is about connection and in this dark moment, revisiting the tags served to connect artists and friends through their marks on 100 tags. Here, individual identities emerge through visual language and connect to others through their common form.
/Kiff Slemmons

When the necklaces are worn, they move with you, with their own soundtrack, urging you to dance in these uncertain times, and when in the hand, they disclose beauty, humor, even wonder. All are part of the notion that it takes more than one to make one: the power of the fragment on its own and in its capacity as part of a whole.
 
Catherine Bawyer. Necklace: Untitled, 2020. Transformed paper tags with metal rims.. Catherine Bawyer
Necklace: Untitled, 2020
Transformed paper tags with metal rims.
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Karen Patinkin. Necklace: Untitled, 2020. Transformed paper tags with metal rims.. Karen Patinkin
Necklace: Untitled, 2020
Transformed paper tags with metal rims.
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Kiff Slemmons. Necklace: Untitled, 2020. Transformed paper tags with metal rims.. Kiff Slemmons
Necklace: Untitled, 2020
Transformed paper tags with metal rims.
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Patrick Wilkins. Necklace: Untitled, 2020. Transformed paper tags with metal rims.. Patrick Wilkins
Necklace: Untitled, 2020
Transformed paper tags with metal rims.
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