Jewelry as Wearable Art in “Symbiosis” Exhibition Opening at Sparks Gallery

Alexandra Hart, metals artist / Tea Ninkovic, couturier / Raymond Elstad, photographer / Laura Ricci, model

I designed each piece to act on the body as if it were a distinct organism living with its host. Each work offers the wearer and the viewer an opportunity to ask: “How do I relate to my jewelry?”

Sparks Gallery is pleased to present the opening of San Diego artist Alexandra Hart’s solo show (“Alexandra Hart: symbiosis / A Solo Show”) on September 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition is a manifestation of the artist’s interpretation of jewelry as wearable art, and will feature collaborative talks and demonstrations throughout the duration of the show.

Alexandra Hart presents an original collection of works heavily informed by biology, the rich history and traditions of metalsmiths, and relationships – between people, objects, and nature. Sparks Gallery is delighted to welcome Hart and collaborator Tea Ninkovic, an inventive, LA-based couturier for this richly textured exhibition.

“This exhibition is inspired by natural symbiotic relations. In each piece, I strive to achieve an ‘aesthetic symbiosis’ of abstract sculptural ideas, traditional jewelry forms, and the human body. I designed each piece to act on the body as if it were a distinct organism living with its host. Each work offers the wearer and the viewer an opportunity to ask: ‘How do I relate to my jewelry?’ In creating much of the work, I collaborated closely with my colleague Tea Ninkovic, a couturier. In addition, the Sparks Gallery has long encouraged the ideas expressed in this show. My art has always been inspired by the marvels of life and biological science. I offer this exhibition as a tribute to the symbiotic relationship between art and science.” – Alexandra Hart

Exhibition Dates: September 30, 2017 through December 3, 2017

Opening Reception: September 30, 2017, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (RSVP Required)

Opening reception wine sales & raffle to benefit Ethical Metalsmiths, a non-profit advocacy organization founded in 2004 that strives to engage jewelry students, to bring attention to the responsible and pioneering practices of independent jewelers, and to increase responsibility in the jewelry industry overall.

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