Silence Is So Loud / Five Views of Contemporary Swedish Jewelry

Thu. Jan. 29, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Auli Laitinen. Out of the Closet. Brooch, silk, silver, glass bead filling
Helena Lindholm. Oval Blue, neckpiece, silver, silk
Sofia Bjorkman. My Car Is My Home. Brooch, silver, wood
Sofie Bjorkman. Private. Brooch, silver
Pia Aleborg. Neckpiece, silver, latex, teak
Pia Aleborg. Neckpiece, silver, plywood, silver plated twig, acrylic mirror

Inspired by Curator, Tracy Steepy’s recent experiences in Sweden. This exhibition highlights the work of five contemporary art jewelers. Steepy currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. “During my time in Sweden, I was affected and aware of a silence that seemed continuously present in social situations and interactions. There is a kind of social regard or social containment that seems entrenched in Swedish culture. And yet, I believe, some of the most provocative jewelry is coming out of this climate. The jewelers included in this exhibition are making work that is in no way quiet. Quite the opposite. These artists are capitalizing on jewelry’s inherent role as a social catalyst and allowing for difficult conversations to be bridged in ways that would otherwise not occur person to person.”

Participating Artists: Pia Aleborg, Sofia Bjorkman, Hanna Hedman, Auli Laitinen, Helena Lindholm. Curator: Tracy Steepy

Artist Reception, Jan. 29, 2009 7-9 pm. 

Artist Lecture at the 92nd St. Y, Feb. 11, 2009 7pm.

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