featured gallery for March 2012

From Arches to Earrings

In looking through The Archive Project at Visual AIDS, we were seduced by works that blurred the line between the decorative, functional, craft, and the so-called fine arts.

We started with wearable works such as Jerome Walker's delicately handcrafted Fan Earrings and Tim Jocelyn'sConstructivist Coat, whose bold lines and colors pay tribute to constructivist compositions. Jocelyn's references to art and architecture are also evident in his silk and leather dressing screens, Post Metropolis and Napoli, dominated by graphic Greco-Roman arches. Osvaldo Barrocal's raw, abstract, painted window shade, The Crossroads, almost obscures its functionality, both literally and figuratively, through the beauty of the object.

Joel Hoyer's opulent medallions and maps are a more luxe take on the decorative. Maps on Cotton seems to drip with gold, alluding to a bounty to which the map may guide you. His large scale medallions are also treasure-like. Robert Blanchon's Untitled (Bell) is a more quiet take on ornamentation. His photograph of a discarded party favor is celebratory yet somber.

Scott Burton's minimalist marble chairs can be understood as functional sculpture. His work has been presented both in the gallery and in public plazas. Similarly, the Bob Burnside wall piece Untitled works on an architectural scale.

All of the works in this portfolio speak to our own curiosity, an interest in the work of artists previously unknown to us. These works look to the decorative or functional while retaining the intellectual rigor required to elevate works from decorative or craft to fine art.