Cocktails, Conversations, and Collaborations
An Evening with Gallery Loupe
November 19, 20216:00 PM- 8:00 PM
The Jewelry Library
1239 Broadway, New York, NY, USA
Join us for an evening with Gallery Loupe in The Great Room @ The Jewelry Library!
Start with an introduction to Japanese artist Shinji Nakaba’s work (on view at Gallery Loupe in Montclair, New Jersey November 6th–December 5th). Talk with Thomas Gentille about a lifetime of experimentation with materials––both successes and failures––and pick up a signed copy of his new monograph, Color Light Air. Visit with the Jockel sisters, Luci and Emily. They’ll talk about their exhibition Sisterhood: Bodies in Proximity, and you can stroll downstairs to see it at The Jewelry Library in Suite 800.
American artist Thomas Gentille is represented by nine pieces in the permanent collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, more than any other contemporary jeweler. A master of materials, he uses anything that suits his aesthetic––eggshell inlay, wood, pure pigment, aluminum, zinc, resin, pumice, and even sawdust––to create works that are small in scale but monumental in scope. Since 1968 he has been the subject of countless solo exhibitions. From 2019-2020 he was included in Jewelry for America (works from the permanent collection) in the American Wing at the Met.
Luci Jockel is an artist located in Baltimore, MD and holds the position as Metalsmithing and Jewelry Lecturer/Coordinator at Towson University. Luci received her Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, 2016. Luci has been honored with the 2019 American Craft Council Emerging Voices Award. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including NYCJW 2019, The Procession with MJ Tyson at R & Company. She maintains a studio practice as a part of the JV Collective and is represented by Gallery Loupe.
Emily Jockel is a registered architect, ceramist, and writer based in New York City. Her expertise lies in architecture for artists. Most recently, she converted a historic mill in Catskill, New York into Foreland, a 50,000 s.f. Contemporary Arts Center. Her creative approach is inspired by the inherent structure, geometry, and rationality of a raw material. Emily’s ceramic and writing work explores the female body as raw material and vessel. Emily holds a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University and most recently was an invited resident artist at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
Born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1950, Shinji Nakaba worked as a fashion designer and dressmaker, hairstylist, shoemaker, and graphic designer, before he began making jewelry in 1974. Nakaba believes all materials to be of equal value for jewelry-making and treats them with the same reverence, whether precious metals and gemstones or discarded aluminum beer cans and plastic water bottles. The bulk of his practice centers on glyptic art, a sculpting technique specific to jewelry. Nakaba has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and his work is held in international public collections.