LOCATION SERVICES: Jewelry Perspectives on Time & Place
Location Services presents three distinct perspectives on place through the lens of contemporary jewelry and small objects. Location Services brings together the work of Motoko Furuhashi, Kerianne Quick, and Demitra Thomloudis and features an on-site collaboration / research space shared between the artists. Viewers will be invited into the process through interactive features of the artists’ work.
Location Services looks at site as inspiration, material, and a point of interaction through three distinct craft practices. Furuhashi, Quick, and Thomloudis turn their focus on Los Angeles, to reveal a cyclical inquiry, converging on one place to discover and talk about another. Three contiguous perspectives, three craft practices, one city. Through the creation of wearables, all three promote a conversation about place.
Furuhashi, Quick, and Thomloudis share a common interest in site, place, and origin. Coming at this shared subject from three distinct perspectives, the artists construct a holistic view through crafted responses which are unequivocally individual. Motoko Furuhashi uses direct experiences to capture the physical and non-physical memories of selected locations. By collecting material directly from the site and creating through performative actions, Furuhashi claims site as an extension of her studio. Furuhashi’s collection of surfaces are applied to jewelry, bringing site directly to the wearers body. Kerianne Quick focuses on material origins, histories, and supply chain information to bring the wearer/viewer an expanded perspective. Connecting to the history of jewelry as objects of remembrance – the work reminds us that history is present, even when it is unseen. Through material focused storytelling Quick authenticates and deepens the meaning of the work enhancing our experience of both artwork and the world in which it is made. Demitra Thomloudis pushes and plays with scale, placement, materials, and form to capture facets of the places we reside, visit, and explore. Her work reveals the consideration of site within the construct of jewelry and creates the opportunity to examine aspects of place, identity, value, and material sign systems.
About the artists:
Motoko Furuhashi was born in Tokyo, Japan. Her works has been inspired by her experiences traveling around the world, and road that takes her to go one place to another. She received MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she teaches at New Mexico State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Oakland Museum of California, Alliages Contemporary Art Jewellery in Lille, France and Nobana Art Works in Ginza in Tokyo, Japan.
Kerianne Quick is a third generation Los Angelina, and Assistant Professor of Art at San Diego State University. She received her BA with emphasis in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at San Diego State University, and her MFA in Metals from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is the recipient of several major grants including a Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship which took her to Amsterdam to work as a Project Facilitator for Gijs Bakker and Chi ha paura…? Foundation. Highlights from her exhibition record include the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City, the Salon del Mobile in Milan, and Design Week Amsterdam. Her work is included in major collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Design Museum den Bosch (formerly Stedelijk).
Demitra Thomloudis is a studio jeweler and an assistant professor in the jewelry and metalwork area at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Her work occupies a space where the traditions of craft, new technology and expanded visual making/thinking co-exist as a blended contemporary craft practice. Her work challenges the construct of jewelry as a means to examine value, material sign systems and extensions of identity through the lens of place and site specificity. Her exhibition record includes predominate institutions such as theMuseum of Arts and Design in New York; The Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece; The Museum for Modern Art in Arnhem, Netherlands; The Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, Australia and the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, Mexico.Artist residencies include a yearlong appointment at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, The Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum in Athens Greece and Smitten Forum. Demitra’s work is included in publications such as, To the Point, New Necklaces, CAST, 500 Plastic and Resin Jewelry, 500 Enameled Objects, and The Art of Jewelry: Plastic & Resin. Her work can be found in the permanent collection at the Museum Espace Solidor in France, in numerous private collections internationally and is represented by Charon Kransen Arts-USA, Alliages Organization-France, and the Penland Gallery located at the Penland School of Crafts- USA.
The Craft in America Center is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. www.lacountyarts.org.