NEW YORK, NY.-
Shannon R. Stratton, Chief Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design
, and Barbara Paris Gifford, Assistant Curator, announced on Monday night that art jewelers Sunyoung Kim and Ute van der Plaats have been awarded the second annual LOOT Acquisition Prize, on the occasion of the seventeenth edition of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry. LOOT presents a cross section of the most exciting cutting-edge art jewelry designs, while offering the public a rare opportunity to purchase pieces from and to meet some of the most skilled creators in the field. This years prize will result in the acquisition of two jewelry works, Kims Theme and Variation necklace and van der Plaats In Between Days ring, for the Museums collection.
The Museum of Arts and Design is unique in its support of studio art jewelry, between our permanent Tiffany & Co. Jewelry Gallery and our annual LOOT exhibition and sale, Stratton noted. We remain dedicated to supporting and celebrating the field, and the LOOT Acquisition Prize is one way to make that commitment even more public.
Every year we welcome the chance to acquire something unparalleled for our collectionjewelry that is exemplary in terms of concept, materials, and technique, said Gifford. LOOT never fails to present work that fits these criteria. This year, it was not enough to choose just one piece, because so much of the work is of such a high caliber.
Awarded by a jury, the LOOT Acquisition Prize seeks to recognize a LOOT jewelry artist whose work reflects a maturity in artistry and concept; exhibits both a superior and experimental understanding of materials and form; and demonstrates expertise in technique and execution. Chaired by William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator Shannon R. Stratton and Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford, the jury this year included LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp; LOOT Honorees Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Francine LeFrak, and Kara Ross; and LOOT Honorary Chair Dame Zandra Rhodes.
Born in Korea, Sunyoung Kim received a BFA in Jewelry Design from Kongju National University and an MFA in Metalwork and Jewelry from Kookmin University. She finds inspiration in the world of plants, which though frail have a strong hold on life, an active growth and prolificacy. Kim focuses on representing this strength with thin metal plates, which she processes through hammering and injection using various chasing tools. She delights in the unexpected properties that emerge during processing, as well as in the difficulty of returning metal to its original state after processing; the careful study required to produce a desired object provides the impetus for her work in metalcraft.
Born in Germany and based in Brussels, Belgium, Ute van der Plaats has worked as a jewelry designer since 2009. In addition to contemporary jewelry, she has a passion for graphic design and ceramics, and her latest collection combines these three disciplines. A few years ago, she discovered porcelainthe white goldand fell in love with it. Since then, this pure material has become the starting point in the creation process of her jewelry collections. She is attracted by its translucent white color, the fragile appearance that belies a surprisingly solid character, and the almost sensual texture of unglazed porcelain. By integrating different materials, such as 3D-printed ornaments and digitally designed images, into handcrafted porcelain creations, she translates traditional jewelry concepts into contemporary pieces.
LOOT: MAD About Jewelry reflects the Museum of Arts and Designs commitment to the exploration of materials and process, as well as its long-standing presentation of jewelry as an art form. MAD is the only American museum with a gallery dedicated to the display of both temporary jewelry exhibits and its own collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry, comprising more than 900 pieces. The LOOT Acquisition Prize formalizes the Museums goal of enhancing its collection by acquiring jewelry from artists who have made significant contributions to the field and whose work provides historical context for MADs mid- to late-twentieth-century pieces, as well as from emerging artists who are an important force in the contemporary art jewelry scene.
The inaugural LOOT Acquisition Prize was awarded to designer Alena Willroth in 2016. Past LOOT artists who have had works acquired by the Museum include the well-established art jeweler Iris Nieuwenburg and the emerging jewelry artist Casey Sobel.