Kiff Slemmons / Tag, You’re It!
Tune in Tuesday, November 17th at 5:30pm for A Conversation with Kiff Slemmons, along with Karen Davidov of The Jewelry Library and Patti Bleicher of Gallery Loupe, as we discuss the exhibition and the importance of community, connection, and jewelry in the context of our current cultural moment.
Featuring the work of Kiff Slemmons with Ani Afshar, Mike Arnold, Catherine Bowyer, Penny Burns, Susann Craig, Trine Ellitsgaard, Aurelie Guillaume, Anne Hirondelle, Matt Lambert, Peter Landon, Cheryl Lavers, Keith Lewis, Pasha Moezzi, Alexis Myre, Karen Patinkin, Maria Phillips, Kimberly Rachal, Georgina Silver, Curtis Steiner, C. Thresher, Terry Turrell, Cathryn Vandenbrink, Patrick Wilkins
Kiff Slemmons’ recent work explores how jewelry both identifies us and draws together our diversities. 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.
Over 20 years ago Kiff 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.”
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