A few months ago, Barista Dana filled us all in on the beauty and artistry to be found at Montclair’s Gallery Loupe, a contemporary art jewelry gallery–and now we hear that three lovely and intriguing pieces from their showroom have been acquired by The Newark Museum for their permanent collection. These are Jennifer Trask’s Acanthus neckpiece, 2010; Esther Knobel’s Swimmers neckpiece, 2012; and The Opulent Project’s Digital Ring, 2011.
The gallery describes the Acanthus neckpiece, part of Jennifer Trask’s Vestige series, as “made of a found seventeenth-century frame, antler, 18K gold wire and 23k gold leaf.The antler bone compliments the curvilinear forms of the frame, thereby creating a harmonious composition where the two materials appear to organically blend together.”
Something entirely different in aesthetic is Esther Knobel’s fun Swimmers neckpiece (featured in main photo, above), a continuation of that artist’s series Wreaths, Athletes, Warriors. Loupe notes that “The bright and whimsical neckpiece, depicting synchronized swimmers in red bathing suits, was inspired by the 1930’s films of Hollywood director Busby Berkeley. The neckpiece is made of painted and decorated tin, presents these figures in motion.”
The third piece from Loupe that will take up residence in the Newark Museum is the most conceptual. The Opulent Project’s Digital Ring, based on the designs of three different 3-D digital ring models constructed of 3D model files digitally printed in wax and cast in silver.
According to the artists, “Because they exist in the digital domain they can do so with no structural integrity. They demonstrate the most archetypal concept of what the object is by including only those visual indicators that are immediately associated with a ring. In this way they become symbols for what they mimic. By combining these three symbolic images into one ring we further emphasize the caricature of what this object is in our collective mind.”
Gallery Loupe’s evolving exhibits feature established and emerging artists, both domestic and international, who create experimental and provocative jewelry, often employing non-traditional materials and eclectic points of view.
Catching the eye of discerning curators from the Newark Museum suggests folks like me–who just love to look at jewelry and art–will find plenty to admire, too. New pieces and other gallery news is announced on their Facebook page.
All photos courtesy Gallery Loupe