BLUSH : a color-curated pop up in San Francisco

The Firehouse @ Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
January 11 – January 13, 2018

Our presentation in San Francisco this year is called BLUSH, and includes work from many SF based artists as well as designers and artists from around the world.

Organizing by color seems a little strange at first. Usually we organize our jewelry by artist, material, or type (i.e. all gold items or all necklaces are displayed together). When color is the organizing methodology, how do you know who made what? Or have an idea of pricing? Or understand the connection between that and that?!

A few years ago when I was in San Francisco to present Lucy Sarneel’s work at the FOG Design & Art, artist Jonathan Anzalone, Nat Hansen, and I, had an interesting conversation about creating a jewelry exhibition organized by color. Dr. Hansen is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading in England and recently finished a year as a visiting fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center at Stanford University. He has written a plethora of papers on color and language including titles such as Color Adjectives and Radical Contextualism and Color Adjectives, Standards, and Thresholds: An Experimental Investigation. Suffice it to say, Dr. Hansen really thinks about this sort of stuff. I began to wonder what would it be like to present jewelry in a simple yet completely different way than I have in the past.

We often come up with ideas that put jewelry in unusual contexts or with varying bedfellows like photography, sculpture, flowers… And there have been absolutely amazing exhibitions around the world in museums, galleries and by individual artists who explore this conceptually. Occasionally, we also organize by “style” or “look”, though this principle is flawed by its subjectivity. But color is not subjective, is it? Red is red, green is green. According to Dr. Hansen however, this is not always the case and color too can be subjective (remember “The dress” from 2015 that took the internet by storm?). And where do gold, silver, and copper fit along the spectrum? Despite its simplicity, organizing by color has forced our eyes to work hard and our minds to see and look at things differently. I am excited to arrange all of these wonderful pieces with the help of Jon and his unique eye for color – he sees the “in betweens” that others miss or ignore. It has been a wonderful collaboration, working with Jon and thinking about these pieces in a different way- without his vision and care, it wouldn’t have been possible. 

In contrast we are also presenting new work by the collaborative team Mike Bray and Anya Kivarkis. This series of jewelry pieces  is interspersed with video and photography, all black and white and reminiscent of the classic films on which they are based. The absence of color is a conceptual choice and a catalyst for understanding the desire, lust and glamour inherent in the cinematic abstractions. In conjunction with BLUSH, Anya and Mike have produced a limited edition series of prints, in color. 

See you in San Francisco!