This exhibition brings together seven artists whose works comment on consumerism, social mores and the dialogue between the functional, decorative and art object.
They mine the past and present of their disciplines – metalsmithing, sculpture, and textiles – for the techniques and concepts used in their works. Art history is scrutinized; process and function are subverted. Themes of reclamation or repurposing run throughout. Traditional metalsmithing materials are used as well as salvaged detritus; juxtaposing the divine and mundane. Scale is manipulated; perception skewed and the everyday object given value and memorialized.
This exhibition is presented by Harbourfront Centre as part of the inaugural Toronto International Jewellery Festival (TIJF) in conjunction with Meta-Mosaic, the 2013 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference.