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The Network Michael Petry Installation The Ivy London

The Network Michael Petry Installation The Ivy London

This exhibit was organized and circulated by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany. (This exhibit will have hands-on workshops, which will address the use of cultural material as seen in mixed-media applications of glass jewelry.)

The exhibit features 120 works by 60 internationally renowned jewelry artists. These works exploit the expressive potential of glass to engage the senses and intrigue viewers by challenging the ideas of adornment and the values of materials.

 The various roles that glass plays in each artist’s creation are organized into five distinct areas within the exhibition. The five areas are Recycled Glass, Glass as Chameleon, Glass as Surface and Structure, Glass as Symbol and Metaphor, and Glass as Glass. Recycled Glass is expressed by artists that bring together fragments of shards to form abstract configurations, other give new life to antique glass or transform industrial products into contemporary glass jewelry. Glass as Chameleon, glass has the ability to impersonate a variety of substance and materials, including gemstones, flowers, plants and even liquids. Glass as Surface and Structure employs glass as the main compositional element that transforms light and color into a tangible ingredient of the object. Glass as Symbol and Metaphor can possess a paradoxical combination of fragility, making it a useful metaphor for artists commenting on structure and society. Descriptors of glass are often identical to those applied to people and personalities: transparent, flashy, molded, polished, and even fractured. Glass as Glass will address traditional uses of glass in jewelry, as well as the medium’s inherent properties- refracted and reflected light, color, and transparency. (from the STIA/ Art Museum of South Texas website)

The Treasure of Memory

The Treasure of Memory

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Installation view of the Treasure of Memory at Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery

Please join us January 24th for Michael Petry’s newest installation KALI.  Named for the Hindu goddess of destruction, Kali is represented by a monumental bead necklace of colored glass.  Petry’s work is also on view beginning this month at the Art Museum of South Texas as part of a traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

Michael Petry KALI

Michael Petry KALI

more information about the goddess Kali

Michael Petry "Kali" 2009

Michael Petry "Kali" 2009