IN PROCESS: Jewelry Artist Talks
May 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
In the form & concept shop, paintings appear beside jewelry designs and sculptures mingle with hand-painted ceramics. The space, which adjoins form & concept’s ground-floor exhibition rooms, is a powerful expression of the gallery’s mission: to blur the lines between art, craft, and design. This spring, form & concept teams up with local jewelers to celebrate jewelry design as its own exquisite art form. IN PROCESS: Jewelry Artist Talks will feature special demonstrations from a number of jewelry artists represented by the form & concept shop. Participating jewelers include Bunny Tobias, Charles Greeley, Brian Fleetwood, Debra Baxter, Danny Hart and Victory Atyas. IN PROCESS is a free, public event on Saturday, May 6 from 1-3 pm.
“Our jewelers create one-of-a-kind pieces that can only be described as art objects,” says Clara Holiday, Sales Manager at form & concept. “We’re excited to unite influential members of Santa Fe’s contemporary jewelry community for this special event.” The featured artists will discuss their work, demonstrate different parts of their process and take questions in the form & concept atrium. Visitors can discover finished work by each of the jewelers in the form & concept shop.
Bunny Tobias was born in Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate of the New York School of Visual Arts. While developing her career as a multi-media artist, she lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and in San Francisco until moving to Santa Fe, NM, in 1972. Along with her husband, artist, Charles Greeley, she made her studio outside of Santa Fe on their mountain property in the Glorieta Pass. For the past forty years Bunny Tobias has continued to create cutting edge ceramic art, paintings, mixed-media collages and to design and fabricate jewelry using the same eclectic imagery. Recent work includes sculpture using recycled material and hand fabricated bronze jewelry.
During my third year at The New York School of Visual Arts, in 1962, I saw the Symbolist Exhibition at MOMA with Redon, Moreau, and Bresden. This experience provided the inspiration to paint imaginary landscapes. Arriving in San Francisco in 1967 at a time when a visionary movement in the local art scene was just getting started, I became involved with this group of artists and we called ourselves the San Francisco Visionaries. Our interests included alternative realities, the spiritualization of nature, the fantastic, the dream, psychedelics, and the study of eastern religions. Linear thought gave way to a new vision governed by the principals of tapestry, mosaic, and collage. Inside and outside space became the same. Utopian vision became a way of celebrating life. In 1972, my wife, fellow artist Bunny Tobias and I moved to Santa Fe and founded our studios on a mountain ranch near the Pecos Wilderness where we have lived a contemplative life close to nature in a rural setting where it is easy to explore the vast space of landscape. I’ve continued in my pantheist genre by creating visionary landscapes and collage with silkscreened Japanese Mullberry papers cut into miniscule shapes that when seen together form a luminous whole.
Brian Fleetwood is a Santa Fe based jewelry artist whose work is currently addressing ideas involving the connections between knowledge and the act of making, and the ways we can use making as a way of knowing. His work explores scientific themes, especially relating to biology and ecology, systems, and taxonomy. Brian holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Debra Baxter is a sculptor and jewelry designer who combines carved alabaster with crystals, minerals, metals, and found objects. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Bard College in 2008 and her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1996. She also studied at Academia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Baxter has received an Artist Trust Individual Artist Grant, three 4Culture Individual Project Grants in Seattle, Washington, and was recently nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Baxter’s work has been featured in Zoo Magazine (Germany), Edelweise Magazine (Switzerland), Zink, art ltd., Design Bureau, and Sculpture, Seattle Magazine, as well as hundreds of blogs all over the world. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows including We Care a Lot at Central Features Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM; ALL I EVER WANTED, Platform Gallery, Seattle WA; So Proud of You, Howard House, Seattle, WA; and Debra Baxter, Massimo Audiello, New York, NY. Her work was also included in Protective Ornament, an exhibition curated by Suzanne Ramjak for the Memphis Metals Museum which traveled to the Tacoma Art Museum. Other group exhibitions include: Making Mends, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA; Death and Other Objects, Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC; and Woman in the Director’s Chair, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Baxter’s wearable sculpture piece Devil Horns Crystal Brass Knuckles (Lefty) is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian and will be in the re-installation of the Renwick Gallery’s Permanent Collection, opening July 1, 2016. Baxter has created two artist’s books: Wanting is Easier than Having, and 100 Days of Sculpture, both published by Publication Studio in Portland, Oregon.
Victor Atyas was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, grew up in Italy, and at age 20 immigrated to the United States. Atyas later obtained a Ph.D. in psychology and while working as a clinical psychologist at the University of Rhode Island Counseling Center, he enrolled in night courses at the Rhode Island School of Design to study jewelry making. Now a long-time Santa Fean, Victor’s is well-known for his signature three-dimensional constructed gold and silver pieces, suited to be worn or framed and hung on a wall. His metalsmithing ability is reflected in the fine craftsmanship of the refined and elegant jewelry designs. Victor enjoys Camping, adventure traveling, writing fiction and travelogues, classical literature, classical music, stone and gem collecting.
I was born and raised in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. Spending my childhood in Santa Fe cultivated my passion for creative processes and design. I later studied Architecture at the University of New Mexico, which allowed my appreciation for design to manifest into a functional practice. Drawing inspiration from the colorful landscape of my home state, my Father’s influence in woodwork, my Mom’s inherent craftiness and my architectural background I have consolidated these influences in contemporary lifestyle accessories.