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June 20, 2012

The Gold Standard

Do you ever feel a little weird when you liked something for awhile, then it became super trendy, and now to say you like it makes everyone roll their eyes because they're thinking, "of course you like it - everyone does!" 

Like everyone on this planet, it seems, I have a crush on white plaster (or ceramic, although I love matte white) sculptures, especially every day shapes turned into art.  I saw an exhibit of Lisa Gralnick's three part exhibit, The Gold Standard, last year at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and it's like she made it for me.  As part of the exhibit, she cast everyday objects in plaster, but used small slivers of gold to visually represent the value of both, to make us think about perceptions of value.  In another part of the exhibit, she created plaster ghosts of the gold she melted down (from bracelets, rings, etc.) to make her gold adorned plaster objects.  That those once treasured items no longer existed was really moving.  In the last part she created gold pieces of jewellery with fabricated histories that almost fooled me!  For a more eloquent account, see this article.   

I like how her exhibit made me think, but I was really bowled over by the beauty of her work.  Her work makes a little more sense if you see some pieces (click here to see even more):

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Amazing, right?  I want this exhibit in my house!  I don't have any skills in casting, but I can still make faux plaster objects for decorating the townhouse. First it was the bird . . . but what did I use the rest of the can of spray paint on?  
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  1. Ooooh I love the touch of gold! How ironic that you posted this because I just spray painted my ceramic vase a matte white. Oops! But I don't think white ceramic is an annoying trend like some things!

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    1. Oooo, I want to see your vase! It sounds gorgeous!!

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  2. I was actually working on a post on this very same thing! I HATE when I love something and then it becomes a trend!!!! Exhibit a) Ikat! I used to LOVE Ikat and now it is EVERYWHERE and now that's starting to make me not like it any more. Exhibit b) Chevron! OK, I could go on and on...look out for my post coming soon!

    xoxo, Sarah

    http://hellolovelydecor.blogspot.ca/

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    1. I'll be sure to check it out. Great minds . . .

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  3. Looks like an amazing exhibit. I'm with Sarah - I love Ikat and chevron, but now I'm worried it's a little TOO everywhere. I used to weave Ikat in art school, and I used to have to explain to everyone what it was - but I don't have to do that anymore, at least! Also, owls - owls are everywhere now (especially at my house) - but I've been collecting owls for 10+ years because it was my sorority's mascot. Oh well, another couple years and ikat, chevron and owls will all be passè again - I'm not redecorating! Haha!

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    1. You weaved Ikat?!? Super awesome. Erica, you're SO talented. I love knowing that you love owls . . . Hmmmm.

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    2. You'd actually love one of my pieces - it's 4 ikat squares, and in each square is a photo sewn under sheer fabric. One photo of myself, my mother, my grandmother, and my great grandmother, down the line - and we've all got our perma-scowl on. I called the piece "The Long-term Effects of Prozac" - ha! I should dig that out of the attic and hang it up!

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    3. Oh my gosh, that sounds wicked cool! The world needs, NEEDS, to see more of your art. Blog about it!!!

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  4. Love this artwork. Really inspiring to make one.

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  5. Love the look. How inspiring!

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