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“Mauricette, The Giants, And Other Frivolous Tales: The Jewelry of Mlle. Guillaume”

“Mauricette, The Giants, And Other Frivolous Tales: The Jewelry of Mlle. Guillaume”  

The first U.S. solo exhibition of Canadian Contemporary Jeweler Aurélie Guillaume

Opening and Artist Reception, Thursday, January 26th, 6-8pm Exhibition Continues Through March 12th

For Immediate Release— January 13, 2017

The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross is thrilled to usher in 2017 with “Mauricette, The Giants, And Other Frivolous Tales: The Jewelry of Mlle. Guillaume”, a vibrant and whimsical exhibition of contemporary jewelry by French-Canadian artist Aurélie Guillaume. The artist creates cloisonné personages who are amalgams of her personal stories, experiences, and emotions. Akin to each character’s larger than life personality, the jewels are large and elaborate, brimming with meaning and detail that is visible on both the front and the back.

A child of the 90’s, Guillaume’s imagery is inspired by pop culture and all that it entails including street art, comic books, and French cartoons. Guillaume calls her characters “ridiculous” because of their flamboyance but they are a celebration of individuality and the artist’s hope that we, like her characters, stay true to ourselves. “My cartoons use hyperbole to exaggerate the whimsical, the grotesque and even macabre nature of the world around me. I believe in the importance of finding humor in tragedy, just as I feel that we can find beauty in ugliness.”

An emerging artist, Guillaume has gained recognition for mastering a traditional enamel technique like cloisonné and using it to create such distinct and fresh work. “Through the process of enameling, my illustrations transcend the two-dimensional realm of paper and are given new life in the physical world as wearable objects.  By employing a combination of jewelry techniques and illustration, my work confronts the high art form of jewelry with lowbrow humor.”

This exhibition will also mark the debut of Monsieur Paul Paillette, Guillaume’s first ever animated character. This humorous fellow will be accompanied on his trip to New York by Mauricette, one of her character brooches, and the Giants, a series of illustrations that are the starting point for all of Guillaume’s creations.

Aurélie Guillaume, born in Montréal, Québec (1990) is a French Canadian jeweler, enamelist and illustrator. Formally trained in the arts of jewelry and metalsmithing at the École de Joaillerie de Montréal, and at NSCAD University in Canada, Guillaume was first recognized for her work upon graduating as the winner of L.A. Pai Gallery’s 12th National student jewelry competition. In recent months her pieces have been acquired for the permanent collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles the Museum of Art and Design (MAD Museum) in New York, and the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Her work was featured in Metalsmith Magazine (Fall/Vol.36/No.5/2016). Guillaume has exhibited throughout North America and Europe including SNAG, Boston, 2015; BKV, Munich, Germany, 2016; and SOFA, Chicago, 2015, 2016. Currently living and working in Chicago, Illinois, Guillaume is completing a year-long residency at the Lillstreet Art Center.

The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross

The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross was founded as a unique, New York City venue, to exhibit progressive work in studio art jewelry, as well as fine arts related to jewelry, precious stones and precious metals. Our mission is to bring international exposure to emerging and established artists, through promotion, education, and exhibition. The R|R Gallery presents regular group or solo exhibitions, and is interested in collaboration with other galleries, museums, and educational institutions.

The R|R Gallery is housed in a storefront space at the intersection of New York City’s fashionable Meatpacking District and the West Village. The space is connected to, but separate from, the Gansevoort Street store and workshop of Reinstein|Ross, Goldsmiths. Founded in 1985, Reinstein|Ross is committed to high-karat gold, distinctive gemstones, and classical goldsmithing techniques. Reminiscent of ancient jewelry, but distinctly contemporary, Reinstein|Ross jewelry is hand-fabricated to impeccable standards in their New York City workshops.

High-resolution images are available upon request.

Please direct all inquiries to Bella Neyman, Gallery Director, bella@reinsteinross.com

Gallery Hours: Monday- Saturday, 11-6:30 and Sunday, 12-6.

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