Monday, October 24, 2011

Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h II - Artist Barb Smith

An installation of lockets by Amelia Toelke, on exhibit at Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h.
I've mentioned my favorite MontrĂ©al jewelry shop - Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h - before. Gallerist/owner, Noel, just recently invited Venetia Dale to the shop to put together an exhibition of jewelry and objets d'arts by other artists including the incredible work of New York-based metalsmith, Barb Smith.

An Alex Hibbs sculpture (it sold to an intelligent and striking woman during the opening).
Smith often works with the readymade or found object. From repurposing bobby pins to dryer lint, she creates whimsical reflections on how we interact with everyday items.

Smith's simple series on keys cleverly flips the ubiquitous item from its regular context. A key is altered; elongated, stretched, and morphed into a a kind of visual poem, drawing your attention to the very 'thingness' of the object itself.  You find yourself considering the intended use of a key and our gestures around it. Suddenly you can see how within a single object an entire set of social expectations are implied.


Marcia B. said...

Wow this is so cool, I must visit this place! Very artsy! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, we should follow each other? :)

Donelle (from the Plateau!) said...

I've passed this store every weekend and never thought to go in... it seemed too precious but your post has changed my mind. I'll pop in next time I'm around.

Thanks lady!

Jill said...

Beautiful and intriguing!

Thank you for sharing this designer's work.

Anonymous said...

Incredible! I had no idea this store existed in Montreal and I live in Outremont too!

Thank you thank you

Patrick said...

Thank you for introducing me to Barb Smith's sculptures (?).

I love an idea stretched out in metal.