Coinciding with the 2009 Society of North American Goldsmith's Conference in Philadelphia, PA (May 20-23, 2009), the group exhibition will feature national and international artists whose work pushes the boundary of their craft beyond decoration using new media and digital technology.
According to Kerner; “Jewelry as an art form for creative, personal, and artistic expression has served as documentation for all civilizations. Jewelry demonstrates the tools, technologies, and materials of the times. (It) describes attitudes and values of mankind’s respective social systems and cultures.”
The exhibition’s second incarnation, “NEOTERIC MATTER 2” will focus on work that is primarily comprised of 21st century materials or late 20th century materials. The show will also examine new processes that have significantly influenced the field of jewelry. A few examples of new materials include: polymers, materials used in rapid proto-typing, electronics, Precious Metal Clay, new metal alloys, and composite materials.