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Objects of Affection: Jewelry by Robert Ebendorf from the Porter

Objects of Affection: Jewelry by Robert Ebendorf from the Porter

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Robert Ebendorf (b. 1938) has been one of the most influential artists in the studio jewelry movement from its beginning in the 1960s to today. His work combines exceptional craftsmanship, acquired through traditional training in gold- and silversmithing, with the inventive use of found objects and other alternative materials such as acrylic and Color Core. Objects of Affection traces his development from the Scandinavian modernism of his early work to his first use of found objects such as tintype photographs in the 1960s; juxtapositions of colored acrylic and precious metals in the 1970s; use of found newspaper and other textual elements in the 1980s; his pivotal incorporation of animal parts in the 1990s; and the remixing and further development of many of these approaches in the twenty-first century.

Unique features of this highly collectible volume are its special focus on Ebendorf’s work of the last two decades, his friendship with collectors Ron Porter and Joe Price, and his activities during his time in North Carolina. Also of note are the inclusion of selected works by graduates and faculty of the East Carolina University (ECU) jewelry program that Ebendorf led from 1997 to 2016; preparatory sketches by Ebendorf; and collages included by him in many of the letters and postcards he has written throughout his career. Many of these letters feature printed ephemera, in addition to sketches. It is this ephemeral and archival aspect of the PorterˑPrice Collection that sets it apart from other publications on Ebendorf’s work.

  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 112 pages

Dates of exhibition: April 27, 2024 - February 16, 2025

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