Arctic 5, May 10 – June 9, 2002

Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco is proud to host an exhibition of contemporary metalwork from the top of the world. The five artists in the exhibition (two of whom are of Sami descent) prove that the Arctic inspires exciting work.

The show includes work that blurs the boundary between clothing and jewelry. Inger Blix Kvammen, using a specially-made loom weaves sterling and gold into sophisticated tribal collars and cuffs. Some pieces incorporate hair from arctic bears collected from bushes near her house.

Ingrid Larssen’s intricately folded silk neckpieces are based on traditional folk dress. Some are reminiscent of extravagant Dutch collars seen in Rembrandt’s paintings. Others use origami techniques incorporating sterling and copper details.

Trude Selnes’ sterling and cast glass pieces are perhaps the most traditionally Scandinavian in design in the exhibition. Sleek hammered silver forms are combined with richly colored cast glass to create both boxes and purely sculptural objects.

Although the makers show regularly in Europe, this exhibition is the first of its kind in the U.S. Four of the makers will be traveling to San Francisco for the opening of the exhibition. This event will take place to coincide with this year’s Norway week.

An exhibition catalog is available for $7 plus tax and shipping. Please call or email the gallery if you would like to order one.

Participating artists:
• Inger Blix Kvammen
• Ingrid Larssen
• Peter Rust
• Anita Schmid
• Trude Selnes

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