Category Archives: Exhibitions

Preview of Natural History Imagery

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my studio getting ready for my upcoming show, Natural History, at AS220 in November. It’s been a lot of fun working on a new body of work, and I also had the luck to work with a super talented photographer, Jayna Aronovitch, on the accompanying images. Jayna was amazing! She was able to read my mind and create the kind of rich, saturated, transcendental images that I was looking for. I cannot wait to see these images printed out to large format – the jewelry is going to be life size!

Enjoy this sneak peak, and I’ll see you at the opening on Saturday, November 1st from 5-7pm at the AS220 Project Space, 93 Matthewson Street, Providence, RI.Molly3WEB

Plumage

I wanted to take a minute to share a detail of a necklace that I’m on the verge of finishing. It’s a shorter chain than what I’ve been previously creating, and is also a lot fuller. The color scheme gradates from front to back, combining handmade horse hair tassels with a variety of exotic feathers. This piece is part of a body of work that will be featured in an upcoming solo show, Natural History. I am so completely in love with this neckpiece, and can’t wait to take it for a test run!

Islay Taylor Natural History Detail

Repurposed Opening Tomorrow!

Here is the press release for the exhibition, Repurposed, that I’m currently participating in. I’m exhibiting two bodies of work, my mourning jewelry and my thesis work from RISD. The show will be on display at Georgia State University in Atlanta through November 18th.

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery is pleased to present REPURPOSED on view October 6 through November 18, 2011. The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, October 6 from 5 until 8p.m. The event is part of The Downtown First Thursdays Arts Walk.

REPURPOSED, selected by Welch School Gallery Director Cynthia Farnell, focuses on group of twelve contemporary artists who are using repurposed materials to make their work. Farnell says:

Over the years, like many other artists and art educators, I have grappled with the environmental impacts of art making. Although their methodologies and materials are diverse, the artists of REPURPOSED, each in their own way, ask us to reconsider our relationships to waste, both in the studio and in the world.

This exhibition focuses on a selected group of contemporary artists who are using repurposed materials to make their work. While found objects and readymades have been used by artists since the Dada and Surrealist movements of the early 20th Century, the artists of REPURPOSED share interests about the continuing influence of their material choices that often extend beyond aesthetic considerations. The refocusing of material context becomes an important and central concern.”

Sculptor Allyson Comstock’s recycled junk mail installation 303 Days occupies the small gallery. The works of the other REPURPOSED artists are on view in the large gallery, with natural and synthetic fabrics, found objects, plastics, metal and paper among the materials used.


Artists:

Mary Lee Bendolph

Allyson Comstock

Carol LeBaron

Thornton Dial

Lonnie Holley

Pam Longobardi

Rob Nadeau

Ian Pedigo

Leigh Peacock

Aurora Robson

Islay Taylor

Wendy Wahl









The exhibition and associated events are supported in part by Student Activity Fees, The Center for Collaborative and International Arts at Georgia State University (CENCIA) and Fulton County Arts & Culture.


REPURPOSED Events:

The following special events are free and open to the public:


Rob Nadeau artist’s presentation: Thursday, October 6, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Nadeau will discuss his work on view in REPURPOSED. Nadeau’s talk is part of the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Visiting Artist series. Location: Large gallery.


Reception: Thursday, October 6, 5:00 – 8:00p.m. Location: Welch School Galleries.


Papermaking Workshop with Allyson Comstock: Friday, October 7, 1:00-3:30 pm. Location: Textiles Studio, room 157 Arts & Humanities Building. Learn to make paper from recycled fibers. No previous experience required. Materials provided. Free and open to the public but space is limited. Register today! To register email cfarnell@gsu.edu with your name, email address and phone number. Please put “Papermaking Workshop” in subject line. Sponsored by CENCIA.

Location & Hours

Welch School Galleries/ GSU

10 Peachtree Center Ave.

Atlanta, GA 30303

The Welch School Galleries are located at the corner of Gilmer Street and Peachtree Center Ave. Free evening event parking at the United Way deck at Auburn Ave. and Courtland Ave. The gallery is within walking distance of the MARTA Five Points Station. All gallery programs are free and open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Jewels at The Worlds Smallest Art Gallery

I’m the current exhibiting artist at The Worlds Smallest Art Gallery, a tiny little kiosk in Peace Dale situated on the Washington County Bike Path. I’ve put a selection of laser cut pieces of jewelry on display, along with the larger sheets of scrap neoprene that the pieces have been cut from. I like the concise framing of the presentation, it makes the work on display look otherworldly.

Thanks to John Kotula for taking on this fun project that gets art out of the gallery and into the public sphere!

Neoprene Necklaces at The One Way Gallery

So, I’m excited to have some newer work at the One Way Gallery in Providence for their current show. You should definitly check out the show that’s up now… not just to see my jewelry, but also because this is the One Way’s Providence Flagship location. The One Way has been in Narragansett, Rhode Island for around 7 years now, and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been there since the beginning!

The Providence One Way location is at 231 Westminster St, downtown by Craftland.

Summer Faculty Show at RISD

I decided to participate in RISDs’ Summer Faculty Exhibit at the Woods Gerry Gallery this year. I included the Biopsy Brooches that I had made shortly after graduation. I also had an image printed of the brooches on the body, in order to visually explain the pieces a little better. I really like having the work hung on the wall, it makes the pieces seem less like jewelry and more like an organic entity.
The installation of the show looked good, if not a little heavy on the painting and 2D works. Actually, I was the only jeweler to include pieces in the show! The Woods Gerry Gallery is a beautiful gallery space located in an old house on campus, and I encourage everyone to go check it out… this show is the perfect excuse!

COLLECT

This show looks amazing!


COLLECT is an international exhibition hosted by the British Crafts Council which features European Contemporary craft and object makers. Hosted by the Saatchi Gallery in London, COLLECT runs from May 6th through the 9th. This show looks to be the UK’s compliment to our SOFA exhibitions, and the line-up on the website makes it look like a pretty phenomenal event. Although I’ll miss COLLECT, I plan to visit Saatchi Gallery after the show is over and see if the catalogue is still available.

Here is a blurb from the website: COLLECT champions craft makers from across the world and presents their talents, enterprise and innovation under one roof over four days. It provides important new opportunities for makers, as well as giving members of the public a chance to see and own something unique, beautiful and perfectly crafted. We know that a thriving contemporary arts and cultural offer is critical to London’s success as a world city. Events such as COLLECT are an important contributor to this and we are delighted to support the event.

Image:Monsieur Gaston neckpiece, 2010, by Eugenia Ingegno, Alternatives Gallery