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January 26, 2012 to May 3, 2012

Sondra Sherman: Found Subjects

Found Subjects presented the first solo exhibition in Philadelphia by California-based metal-smith Sondra Sherman. For this project, Sherman carved hollows into the pages of twelve vintage books and placed into the empty spaces a unique piece of jewelry inspired by the themes and illustrations of each book. Each book rested on a custom-designed lectern, evoking the atmosphere of a rare book room. Her installation played with the notion that a piece of jewelry is both a work of art on its own terms and an adornment for a person, and thus engenders different contexts in which to be appreciated and understood. Each piece becomes the “found subject” of the book in which it is placed, responding to an idea, phrase, or image in the book itself. Because each piece of jewelry can also be worn, the wearer of the piece – real or implied – can provide their own affective and aesthetic context for each piece as it is worn on the body.

Sondra Sherman was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She received her MFA from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, Germany. She currently resides in San Diego, CA, where she heads the Jewelry and Metalwork Program at San Diego State University. Sherman has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Tiffany Foundation Emerging Artists Fellowship and a Fulbright grant. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Racine Art Museum, the Renwick Gallery-National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and the City Museum of Turnov, Czech Republic.

Tags: installation, jewelry