The Aaron Faber Gallery in Manhattan will host the “Innovation and Craftsmanship in Metal: Jewelry Artists of Québec” exhibition from May 3 to May 26, featuring 14 of Québec’s jewelry artists along with their work.The exhibition was created in partnership with the Québec government office in New York and SODEC, the Québec government body that promotes synergy between business and culture.
One of the featured designers, Claudio Pino, said, ''The 14 participating Québecois artists have audaciously redefined conventional approaches to jewelry design, with each artist’s viewpoint quite distinctly their own.''
Pino is described as a jewelry sculpturist for which his collections attest to the grandest possibilities in jewelry making. Under high magnification using special tools to achieve minute details, every surface is embellished in a three-dimensional design to offer a complete view at an any angle.
Descriptions of the 13 remaining artists follows:
Serafino, jewelry design by partners in life and art, was founded by Antonio Serafino and Annegret Morf. Serafino reflects an intermarriage of Morf’s history as an art restorer and violin maker with Serafino’s upbringing in the world of fine craftsmanship and prestigious apprenticeship with Italy’s most celebrated master jeweler. Morf succeeds in designing earrings, constructed as well-balanced mobiles for the ear, each pair distinctive with its use of gemstones, and in the whimsical detailing of her sculpted rings. Serafino’s strength is in form, his rings with abstract-cut gemstones, as interesting from a side perspective as they are when worn.
Barbara Stutman took early lessons from her grandmother in knitting and crocheting to create a foundation for which her extraordinary collections are crocheted in 18-karat gold, fine silver and colored copper wires. She is inspired by the world around her, so pieces are creative responses to her reflections on social-economic conditions and the acquisition and societal interpretations of gender identities.
Christine Larochelle plays freely with matter, searching for a balance between forms, volumes and textures to create necklaces and bracelets defined by streamlined sequences of repetitive elements and visual rhythm. Her interest in the relationship between object and people formulates her vision of creating sculptural, wearable art that is inspired by nature and harmonized with the body’s movement.
Élise Bergeron, an enthusiast in the underused art of hand manipulation, offers simple designs birthed from hours of intense rolling, corrugating, hammering, folding and forging thin ribbons of metal to create unrefined pieces with ornate textures and ethnic allusions. With their tactile drips, smudges and patches of molten gold or silver, the metal on her finished pieces look spontaneously gathered around the gemstone.
Gustavo Estrada, the Guatemalan-born artist whose fundamental principle themes in design – form, volume and texture – are reflected in his rich treatment of sterling silver in techniques of patina, copper on silver and repoussé to create confident, eye-catching bracelets, necklaces and rings. Estrada designs with deference towards a belief of deliverance through the creative process; he invokes tenacity and imagination to yield new objects that offer everlasting value to the final owner.
Janis Kerman is a celebrated instructor with an extensive resume of accolades by the who’s who of private collectors. Kerman’s one-of-a-kind precious metals and gemstone geometric pieces are inspired by the inherent strength, applicability and timelessness of geometric shapes. Her work reflects an asymmetrical view of balance, where beauty is found in the opposite, of what one side has that the other doesn’t, and how such differences account for a stunning, unified collection.
Jean-Pierre Gauvreau loves architecture in its most elaborate forms and uses this passion to stylize alloyed 18-karat gold, sterling silver, white and colored diamonds and petals to trigger emotional responses with every glance. Working in a dimensional geometric vocabulary, he constructs rings of juxtaposed squares and trapezoids in platform tiers, brightly finished sterling silver and 18-karat gold. The ring-as-sculpture metaphor is further enhanced by Gauvreau’s bronze constructed openwork ''stands,'' where the ring awaits next donning.
Laurie Dansereau is a former graphic designer whose preference for three-dimensional sculptural jewelry design has produced original works in exotic woods, 14-karat gold, pearls and other precious and non-precious materials to celebrate nature and the human form. Of note, her Membrane Alvéolaire collection (pictured at the top) groups together a series of imaginary plants made in sterling silver, 18-karat gold, fluorite, carnelian and colored pearls into pieces that convey an air of mystery, curiosity and are a hymn to natural order.
Lynn Légaré is a designer who employs an organic process of merging and diverging precious and semi-precious metals and stones until an elaborate, statement-making one-of-a-kind piece is exposed. Her work is a forceful mélange of hand-fabricated sterling silver and 18-karat gold, altered into complex twists and turns and accented with semi-precious stones.
Matthieu Cheminée, whose poignant artistry reflects a dynamic cultural experience balancing instruction in silversmith from the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni of Taos, New Mexico, used a a seven-year sabbatical in Mali, West Africa to study jewelry making with the Touareg and Bambara tribes. He currently resides in Montreal learning classical design techniques. These vast cultural experiences are revealed in his complex, multi-layered buckles, bracelets and rings, with each piece telling a new story at every glimpse.
Pierre-Yves Paquette deftly applies the ancient Japanese sword illustrating technique of mokume gane to evolve a single color ring, bracelet or necklace into one sleek polychromatic layer of silver, and hues of 18-karat gold. Paquette works with a strictly modernist vocabulary in precious materials, using his formidable skills to create pared-down mountings for gemstones and mixed-metal necklaces and earrings. The designs are understated; appealing in their pure design and crisp execution.
Roland Dubuc, a master manipulator of single sheets of gold and silver, cuts and folds sheets upon themselves repeatedly in a manner best described as origami, without the use of heat or solder. Dubuc spends hours working on a maquette in his Vieille Ville gallery/atelier in Montreal, where he then hand-fabricates the maquette in sterling silver, intertwining each segment without solder. The final product –-whether earrings, brooch or pendant-- always warrants a second look and an immediate conversation.
For additional information on the exhibition, including detailed information and images from participating artists, please visit http://JewelryofQuebec.lmrpr.com