Pacini Lubel Gallery
Metal rings with a single gemstone: universally familiar, but each uniquely personal. Here this common but most intimate form of jewelry is presented on a grand scale, using industrial materials, fasteners, and processes that we find in architectural construction and public art installations. Combining off-the-shelf building materials (concrete, structural steel, burlap) with more refined media (cast bronze, lead crystal, velvet upholstery), these sculptures demonstrate a sophisticated level of craftsmanship, while preserving the integrity of the raw materials and expressing the fabrication techniques used.
From "Interpretations: Jewelry by the Unexpected Artist", Pacini Lubel Gallery, 2006.
Mood Ring - Lead crystal gem with LED lighting, steel, velvet upholstery.
Bling Ring - Cast bronze gem (motorized), stainless steel, silicon bronze, faux mink upholstery.
Bucket Ring - Cast concrete gem, steel, burlap upholstery.
Dimensions: approx. 36"w x 60"h x 28"d each
Stephen Marks, artist
(photos by William Wright)