Artist Jewelry has a long-standing history amongst modern and contemporary artists, dating back to the 1920s. Today, Swiss-based jewelry brand GEMS AND LADDERS honors this important tradition by offering a forever-evolving collection of specialty jewelry designed and crafted by artists of today.
The brand has built their impressive roster of collaborators off of the philosophy that jewelry offers artists a new medium by which to express themselves and artists creatively challenge the accepted forms and functions of jewelry. From a ‘Human Rights Adornment’ necklace by Lawrence Weiner to colorful, powder-coated silver, bronze and 18K gold rings by Tobias Rehberger, each GEMS AND LADDERS collaborating artist offers a unique interpretation and approach to their open-ended creative prompt.
Case in point, New York-based contemporary artist Carol Bove who in partnership with for GEMS AND LADDERS, sought to recreate as earrings, the four suspended lighting fixtures that hang outside of the David H. Koch Theater at New York City’s Lincoln Center. The building, which was originally known as the New York State Theater, was completed in 1964 by architect Philip Johnson, who was heavily influenced by modernist Mies van der Rohe, as part of New York State’s participation in the 1964-65 World’s Fair. Bove, whose professional work often constitutes assemblages of forms, materials and references, reimagined the lighting pendant’s linear shapes in blackened aluminum and silver. These exceptional earrings are precisely what artist jewelry should be, beautifully crafted, well-informed, wearable works of art.
Click HERE to view Carol Bove's 'Untitled' earrings in collabortion with GEMS AND LADDERS.