10/11/2013 - 08/12/2013
Gallery Loupe is pleased to announce My Press, the latest body of work by Australian contemporary jeweler Laura Deakin. With an archaeologist’s quest for clarity, Deakin strings beads of polyester resin (into which newspaper pigment has been pressed) to create necklaces that she regards as “diaries” – each possessing a universal message, with titles such as “Taken on Saturday,” “Our Fabric,” and “Our Headlines.” Seeking to express the preservation of daily struggles, challenging environment, and personal stories against the inevitability of life’s fleeting nature, Deakin views this series as haptic storage vehicles. She yearns to catalogue our memories, so as not to lose them to the ravages of time. In her own words: “How do I preserve our everyday struggle, our environment and our stories? How can I keep our moments forever against the consequences of time? How do I make the fleeting permanent? Press it, feel it, remember it – slices of our time preserved in my press.” My Press and selected objects from Deakin’s other series can be seen at Gallery Loupe beginning Saturday, November 9 through December 8. An artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, November 10 from 2-4 p.m. She will be speaking at Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, November 9 at 3 p.m. Gallery Loupe represents the work of innovative contemporary studio artists. Focusing on established and emerging artists from the U.S. and abroad, the gallery offers the opportunity to see and experience the most experimental and provocative jewelry being created today. It presents an expansive view of what jewelry can be through the use of non-traditional materials and challenging approaches. Gallery Loupe’s program of exhibitions and artist conversations offers the chance to explore and understand this important art form. Situated in close proximity to New York City, it allows for cross-disciplinary programming. As part of the creative agenda, the gallery regularly collaborates with other art institutions and venues. Established in 2006, the gallery is surrounded by many excellent shops and restaurants and is a quick walk to The Montclair Art Museum. A short bus or train ride from Manhattan, it is easy to make a visit to the gallery a day’s destination.