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Jeweled Prosthetics: Jewelry as Extension of Self

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Regenerator (from the LICK multi-media project), 2010 Copper, Sterling Silver, Glass, and Wood © Photo: Lucien Knuteson
Jeweled Prosthetics: Jewelry as Extension of Self
Curated by: Melissa Behravesh

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0550
August 17th, 2012 - December 2nd, 2012
Opening: October 4th, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.scu.edu/desaisset
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Peninsula/South Bay
EMAIL:  
deSaissetMuseum@scu.edu
PHONE:  
408-554-4528
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm
TAGS:  
Jewelry, fashion, photography, installation, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Guest curated by Melissa Behravesh, Jeweled Prosthetics: Jewelry as Extension of Self explores jewelry that goes beyond the realm of conventional adornment, blurring the boundaries between jewelry, sculpture, fashion, photography, and performance. The exhibition features art jewelry by two contemporary American artists, Catherine Grisez and Lauren Kalman. Trained in the jewelry tradition, Grisez and Kalman alter, manipulate, or augment the landscape of the human body through their prosthetic gems. The artists utilize the architecture of the body to inform the fit and configuration, as well as the concept, of their jewelry objects. Because the jewelry is site specific, the viewer needs the wearer to activate the piece in order to comprehend its intent and function. Like medical prostheses, the wearable objects in Jeweled Prosthetics strive for seamless integration with the body—a "custom fit" for the wearer. However, unlike medical prostheses, which aim to conceal deformities, the gleaming prosthetic gems by Grisez and Kalman featured in this exhibition highlight and embellish the wearer's seen or unseen traumas, diseases, or imperfections. Approximately 25 works accompanied by photographs are included in the exhibit.