Sims and Allen: Precious things at Mary E. Black

Two jewellery artists collaborate, with beautiful results.

Greg Sims, Hollow Heart Locket. Catherine Allen, Inflate.

Greg Sims, Hollow Heart Locket. Catherine Allen, Inflate.
  • Catherine Allen, Inflate. Greg Sims, Gestate. Sterling silver, resin, cubic zirconia.

Jewellery designing is generally a solitary task, but for the show re:growth at Mary E. Black Gallery, artists Catherine Allen and Greg Sims opened up dialogue around their practices, sharing ideas, materials and tools.

This is conceptual adornment with thought: Sims slyly riffs on traditional, cliched sentiments behind jewellery-giving (think of those obnoxious Jared commercials), with heart lockets made out of resin, and the sparkle of cubic-zirconia. For awhile now, Sims’ work has involved the architecture of jewellery as an object and a status symbol, often designed with playfully concealing containers that hide valuable guts.

Allen’s half of the show is dominated by organic, slightly imperfect deflating balloons. These oceanic-like pods are created by electroformed copper with an enamel skin, punctured with single hole, like they’re slowly deflating. Like Sims, Allen also creates containers, or vessels, of sorts. Some have propellers, others have chains; one has a cheerful chartreuse flower popping out its top.

Best of all, you can take a “seed Pack” home with you. The artists created a series of tiny pins that can be purchased at the gallery for $28.25 each. *re:growth* runs until May 30.

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