12 November 2014
New Jersey’s Loupe di Montclair gallery specializes in jewelry made from varying, sometimes more common materials, including paper. Amongst the many international artists is Robert Baines, winner of numerous prizes, and professor of jewelry making at the RMIT in Melbourne. He is an expert in traditional technique, and often uses recycled objects that bring complex and original combinations. His pieces have been exhibited in varying museums, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York and Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Amongst other “voices” in contemporary jewelry, his remains absolutely original, revealing an almost obsessive leaning toward complex metallic mesh that evoke figures despite the fact that no specific natural references are made. His colourful, metallic “weaving” takes on geometric shapes, including spheres and cylinders, which imitate flora and fauna. The result is utterly surprising.