Thursday, April 26, 2012

Patina Gallery - Contemporary Jewelry in Santa Fe

The first visit I made after dodging dirt devils on the approach into the Santa Fe airport was to Patina Gallery, the best place to see contemporary jewelry in the area. The current exhibit was titled Overlay, featuring the paintings and jewelry of Ford/Forlano.  The back area of the shop was organized as a smaller gallery, with paintings on the wall and jewelry in pedestal cases on the floor. The paintings are really linoleum prints with mixed media, with both artists working sequentially on the art as they do on the jewelry. The paintings are very reminiscent of their jewelry, with complex visual textures, subtle color combinations, and mixtures of simple geometric shapes.

Ford/Forlano
Hydro Pin
polymer, sterling silver

There were several of their Hydro Top Pins, combining silver with polymer, on display.

Ford/Folano
Tube Necklace
polymer, sterling silver

I also admired several Tube Necklaces, with cleverly layered tubes of polymer cut away to reveal subtle shadings and color contrasts.

Ford/Forlano
Calder Flower Pin
polymer, sterling silver
Ford/Folano
O'Keefe Pin
polymer, sterling silver


It was also interesting to see the artists' clear denotation of influences, such as in their Calder Flower or O'Keefe Pins. As I ponder how to incorporate inspiration into my own work, it's revealing to analyze how others do it.   See the Ford/Forlano collection available at Patina.


Many other incredible artists were represented in the works filling the rest of the gallery. Two really stick out in my memory. One was a wall display of work by Sandra Enterline, whose mesmerizing sieve-like perforated silver always captivates me. I have mental images of her sitting there at the drill press, rhythmically and meditatively filling an area with holes. I'm always drawn to pods, so it's no surprise that I loved her versions.


The delicacy of the chains that she fabricates to suspend the perforated pods also made me want to rush out to the studio and begin fusing links madly. This is the piece that begged to go home with me, but I resisted mightily. The $1225 price tag helped in that battle, not that I don't think it worth every penny. See the Sandra Enterline collection available at Patina.

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