The Kean University Metalsmith Student League is an organization that aims to foster a sense of community among those studying jewelry, metal working and other related crafts. Under the guidance of faculty advisor and expert metalsmith Jennifer Crupi the league's young artists build upon their coursework, broadening their knowledge of metalsmithing and jewelry making techniques and materials. Special events such as the league's current exhibition at Kean's Nancy Dryfoos Gallery help members gain exposure as they prepare to establish their own body of work.
The works on display as a part of the current Metalsmith Student League Exhibition were produced by skilled student artisans and executed with deft touches. William Kmee's whimsical "Adam and Eve Tree" twists labyrinthine coils of copper protectively around the fabled forbiden fruit. Kmee's "Swaying Trees" captures the lightness of wind swept boughs with metal.
The artists display an affinity for mixed media, juxtaposing somewhat incongrous materials for remarkable effect. Dominique Duroseau's "En Satre" lends the unlikely pairing of intestine casing and copper a macabre beauty while Natalia Terry's "Shirt With Links" is one of the exhibits many pieces of wearable art.
Many of the artists drew their inspiration from organic forms. Among the exhibits highlights is an ethereal spider web spun from silver. Several pieces feature playful aquatic motifs. A brilliantly rendered metal jellyfish and an octopus ring from artist Holly Kenny stood out from the crowd. In Brittany Gomulka's "Dancing in Debris," a stilleto clad burlesque venus rises from the sea flanked by shells.
The Kean University Metalsmith Student League Exhibition will be on display at the Nancy Dryfoos Gallery through July 31st. The Nancy Dryfoos Gallery's summer hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.