William Ehrlich: An Architect's Jewels

7 June - 1 July 2011

"The three major elements that most influence the nature of my work are the structural and technical discipline from architecture; the dialogue between form, color and composition of contemporary art, and the interest in the forms and motifs that comprise the Arts & Crafts movement"

 

The show will focus on William's Ehrlich's jewellery. He has produced an exciting and innovative collection which has evolved from his history as an established New York architect and an avid collector of contemporary art. Using precious gems such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies and aquamarines, with multiple layers of German Silver, he has created a unique body of work where no two pieces are alike

In creating his jewellery, Ehrlich's technique is philosophically responding to the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement, as the execution of his sculptural forms are on a similarly intimate level. Central influences include William Morris and Gustav Stickly who were pioneering a reaction against the impoverished state of the decorative arts and the conditions under which they were produced. Ehrlich's sympathy to this movement is on a moral and spiritual level and is prominent throughout his work. He is rejecting factory made objects of the everyday environment as technology is rapidly developing around him.