“Conditions of Ornament #20”
Powder-coated brass, painted polycarbonate
4″ x 3″
“Conditions of Ornament #54”
Die-cast model cart part, drawing on Mylar, polycarbonate, nickel silver
4.25″ x 3″
October 15 – November 21, 2021
Please join us tomorrow, Saturday November 11th, for a Casual Conversation
with Bruce Metcalf regarding his new work, Conditions of Ornament, from 3 – 6 pm.
Gravers Lane Gallery / 8405 Germantown Ave/ Chestnut Hill
Mask wearing is required.
Bruce Metcalf has long been recognized as a pivotal figure in Studio Art Jewelry. He is a consummate maker; his work is meticulous in the crafting of his material choices and a master in balancing form, surface and color.
Metcalf’s designs are resolute; often steeped in historical context. In this body of work, the English Decorative Arts and Crafts aesthetic is addressed. A direct inspiration can be found in designs produced for William Morris by his daughter, May Morris. Her highly stylized compositions were informed by nature’s patterns of winding vines and leaves. With these, Morris’s vision brought nature inside, adoring walls, bedding, dinnerware, and his elaborate wallpapers and fabrics.
In “Conditions of Ornament”, Metcalf has taken to task how, through industrial growth, modern technology, and our stream-lined, fast-paced lifestyles, the subtle nuances of everyday adornment have, for the most part, disappeared. Forgotten is the artistry and refinement created by hand, a tool and time. Missing is the visceral stimulation we experience by way of layered patterns and embellishments, the lyrical sound of chased forms, reticulated and articulated. Yet, in the current mode of making, the beauty once found in the details of everyday objects and surfaces is relegated to second position to that of function. The subtle nuances found in patterns and decorated surfaces are wiped clean.
Metcalf presents us with small wall boxes and windows, each carrying a mounted brooch. Almost relic-like or condensed icons of fashion, they represent the lost language of beauty. These pieces pay homage to a by-gone era. Respecting tradition, Metcalf pushes us forward with his complex technical skills and superb designs. He’s adorning our environment, while at the same time presenting one with the ability to detach the object and adorn the body. Subtly, poignantly, completely and unconditionally, Metcalf speaks through visual language.
– Bruce Hoffman, Curator-
Join us on Saturday, October 9, for SECOND SATURDAYS!
Visitors can explore the works of dozens of visiting regional artists — from highly sought-after professionals to emerging talents — and view the newest exhibitions at Chestnut Hill’s own art galleries.
With live music, shop and restaurant specials, and family-friendly activities, Second Saturdays give serious art enthusiasts and casual spectators alike plenty of reasons to spend a day in Chestnut Hill.
For all of the details, visit our website. https://bit.ly/33etvVY
We respectfully require that masks be worn while inside Gravers Lane Gallery.
We are more than happy to provide you with a mask.
Located in the historic Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Gravers Lane Gallery represents the finest in Contemporary Crafts, Painting, and Sculpture, with an emphasis on Contemporary 2 & 3D Textile and Fiber Art, one-of-a-kind Jewelry, and Mixed Media Art.
Wednesday – Sunday 11am-5pm
Monday – Tuesday by appointment
bhoffman@graverslanegallery.com  / 215.247.1603
8405 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA19118
Gravers Lane Gallery | 8405 Germantown AvenuePhiladelphia, PA 19118