Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Art Featured in Munich Exhibit

Art Featured in Munich Exhibit

Kerianne Quick wearing 25 Broadway, foraged chimney bricks, steel, polyolefin, shrink tube, and aluminum necklace. 4' x9"x2.5"

Jewelry and metalwork Assistant Professor Kerianne Quick of the School of Art + Design recently returned from Munich, Germany where she oversaw her SDSU University Grant Program-funded exhibition. Open to the public during Munich Jewelry Week, the largest and most renowned international event of its kind, Duality of Presence was a collaborative effort between Quick and co-curator Jess Tolbert of the University of Texas at El Paso.

The exhibition ran March 8-14, parallel to the International Exposition of Trade and Crafts, the premier trade show for international jewelry artists.

The $10,000 grant awarded by SDSU enabled the professors to present Duality of Presence during Schmuck (German for “jewelry”), an event highlight of the trade expo. Quick’s exhibition was selected by super+CENTERCOURT Gallery from a competitive pool, to be shown in conjunction with the expo, which draws artists from around the world.

Munich Jewelry Week was described by Quick as an “unparalleled opportunity to exchange knowledge regarding the field, and the ideologies and pedagogical strategies that are at work in the contemporary context of the discipline.”

Material Specificity

Quick’s field of expertise is “material specificity,” a term she coined in her graduate thesis to express the practice by which artists create works with specific material that, in and of itself, is reflective of the overall significance of the piece. The exhibit featured works from U.S.-based artists who engage in material specificity, including five SDSU alumni.

The artists use material to connect to specific places, histories and/or supply chain information. They tell stories using specific material to make those stories more powerful.

“A duality of presence suggests that through material the viewer can experience the artwork and the inspiration for it in the same instance,” said Quick. “It points to material’s ability to send you to another context, place or moment, while you simultaneously experience your own reality of standing in an exhibition looking at artwork.”

Linking Research and the Classroom

The Duality of Presence is not the culmination of Quick’s research; rather, it was yet another step on the journey of scholastic endeavor. Quick expects to use the experience of the exhibition to write a book about her findings and to further educate students within the Jewelry and Metalwork program at SDSU.

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