미국의 장신구협회인 AJF 에서 전세계의 작가들을 대상으로 선정한
2014년 최고상수상자 '권슬기'와, '김희주'가 포함된 최종 파이널리스트 4명의
전시회를,
북미금속공예가협회가 주관하는 '2015 SNAG 컨퍼런스'에서 갖는다는 소식.


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Lauren Kalman
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ART JEWELRY FORUM ARTIST AWARD WINNER AND FINALISTS TO PRESENT WORK DURING SNAG CONFERENCE 
 
2014 AJF AA Winner, Seulgi Kwon
Mill Valley, California, USA--For 14 years, Art Jewelry Forum, with its Artist Award--the top international prize for contemporary art jewelry--has chosen and advanced promising, innovative young jewelers. Poised at the forefront of emerging currents in their field, the five finalists for the 2014 award--Attai Chen, Benedikt Fischer, Lauren Kalman, Heejoo Kim, and winner Seulgi Kwon--will present their cutting-edge work during the 2015 annual SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) conference in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The AJF Artist Award winner and the finalists' work will be on view at EDITBAR, 33 Union St., 5th Floor, Thursday, May 21 from 6-10 p.m. and Friday, May 22 from 6-8 p.m.

 

Seulgi Kwon has been awarded the winner of the 2014 competition, selected by the jury for her originality, depth of concept, and quality of craftsmanship. Kwon's work actively expresses the organic movements of plants, with their mysterious colors and constantly changing forms, creating texture with the materiality and transparency of silicone. Kwon received a master's of fine art in metalwork and jewelry from Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea, in 2010.

 

Attai Chen creates work that follows a process of unraveling growth to a fully evolved form emerging from fragments of piled-up discarded scrap material. She earned her master's of fine arts from the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany, in 2011. Benedikt Fischer chooses to work with plastic, researching the aesthetics of our time by making objects that momentarily pause the high-speed industrial production process and outlast the usual intended lifespan of such material. Fischer was awarded a bachelor's of design from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2011.
Attai Chen
Benedikt Fischer
Lauren Kalman creates jewelry that investigates contexts relating to sex, gender, power, pleasure, pain, taste, and beauty, in direct response to architect Adolf Loos's 1910 lecture Ornament and Crime, which criticized the use of decoration in utilitarian objects. She is the 2006 recipient of a master's of fine arts in art and technology from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA. Heejoo Kim feels a deep connection to her electroforming process, describing the wax object in the bath accumulating its metal layers as "life creation"--the passage of time represented in the thickness of piled layers, birthing works with a powerful, eternal vitality. Like Kwon, Kim is a graduate of Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea, earning her master's in fine art in 2011.
Lauren Kalman
Heejoo Kim
This year's finalists were selected by prominent professionals in the art jewelry field: Carin Reinders, director of the Coda Museum, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands; Karen Rotenberg, founder and director of Alianza Contemporary Craft and a collector of contemporary jewelry; and Sooyeon Kim, jewelry artist and winner of the 2013 AJF Artist Award.

 

High-resolution images available upon request.

 

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About the Award
The 2014 AJF Artist Award provides tangible support for developing artists at a pivotal early stage of their careers, in the form of a $7500 US cash prize for the winner, along with a one-year professional membership to AJF, and a coveted Schmuck exhibition spot for each of the five finalists. This year's five finalists were selected from 123 entries representing 27 countries, chosen for their originality and potential contribution to the diverse and rapidly evolving field of wearable art. The 2014 competition was open to makers of wearable art jewelry who are less than 35 years of age and not currently enrolled in a professional training program.

 

About AJF
Art Jewelry Forum is a nonprofit organization spreading awareness and increasing appreciation of art jewelry worldwide since 1997. AJF advocates for art jewelry through an ambitious agenda of education, conversation, and financial support. It commissions critical writing that sets the standard for excellence in the field and publishes artjewelryforum.org, an online resource for original content on art jewelry.

 

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