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  • Spaces of Production | The Mend-Smith Project

    July 31 – August 22, 2015 - 10 am - 6 pm | Benchspace Gallery & Workshop at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

    rings brfore reunification

    The Mend-Smith Project
    with conceptual metalsmith Nick Dong

    Featuring Moved by Metal: Interaction as BeautyMetalsmith magazine’s 2015 Exhibition In Print sponsored by Society of North American Goldsmiths

    On view July 31 – August 22, 2015 | Nick Dong is in residence August 11 – 22, Tue-Sat, 2-6 pm

    Conceptual metalsmith Nick Dong will present The Mend-Smith Project, which explores the social responsibility of the jeweler to create new symbolic meaning through objects that have come to represent the loss of a loved one.

    Nick Dong: “It all started when a dear friend lost her husband and all that remained of him was his wedding ring. Given my background as a jeweler, I felt I could do more than offer heartfelt condolences; rather, I could use my skills to take both my friend and her partner’s wedding rings and forge them into something new, something she could hold onto as an eternal representation of love long after the marriage vows had broken. The ring I created for her—a combination of the couple’s wedding rings that set her ring inside her partner’s ring, fixing them in an eternal embrace—is just the start of a project I hope will enable others to heal through the repurposing of these symbols of love and commitment. Thus, the Mend-Smith project was born.”

    During the project period, free Mend-Smith consultations will be made available to those who have lost a loved one. The starting point will be a small symbolic or sentimental jewelry object. Working collaboratively with the client, Dong will use the stories and memories told about the relationship to guide the final design of the transformed piece.

    To reserve your free Mend-Smith consultation this August, please e-mail Limited Availability. The final product is offered to the client in exchange for permission of their story to be documented in the greater catalog of Mend-Smith objects. Dong will be working in the gallery so visitors may watch the work as it unfolds.


    About Nick Dong
    born Taipei, Taiwan
    resides Oakland, CA

    Nick Dong is a conceptual metalsmith, mixed-media sculptor, and socio-commodity engineer with the intention of creating works that ignite an experiential moment. The multi-disciplinary artist employs an array of techniques and materials in his mission to develop an experiential and even a spiritual bond with his audience. He completed a BFA from Tung-Hai University in Taichung, Taiwan, in 1996. In 2002, he received an MFA in metalsmithing and jewelry from the University of Oregon. Dong has taught at California College of the Arts and The Crucible in Oakland, Chu-Jai-Jao Specialty School in Shanghai and the University of Oregon in Eugene. His artwork has been exhibited and published extensively in both national and international level. In 2008, Dong’s Fabled Adornment series was acquired by the National Museum of Norway. In 2012, Dong alone with his immersive installation En-Lightening was inducted one of the 40 under 40 artists by Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  



    The Mend-Smith Project is presented in collaboration with Moved by Metal: Interaction as Beauty curated by Wendy Steiner, Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania. 

    Participating Artists: Avery LucasPatricia SullivanJeff McGeeLeah HardyYael FriedmanOlivia ShihJennifer CrupiKaren LausengBrian WeissmanTom MuirGabriel CraigEvin DuboisHsiao-Ai WangJill BonovitzNash QuinnLauren SeldenKathleen JanvierSophia Park,  Nick DongJayden Moore, and Lorre Hoffman.

     This exhibition is provided by Metalsmith magazine’s annual Exhibition in Print and sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), a non-profit arts organization that supports and advances the professional practice of artists, designers, jewelers and metalsmiths by inspiring creativity, encouraging education, and fostering community.


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    Opening Reception

    Friday, July 31, 5 – 8 pm

    Experience As Art: Artist Talk with Nick Dong

    Thursday, August 13, 6 pm

    Experiential Art is based on the idea that “Art” is not an artifact, not an image on flat canvas, nor a three dimensional object in a display case. Rather, it’s a visceral experience during an audience’s witnessing a piece of art work, or during an artist is creating it. This talk will sample the work of Nick Dong as well as works from other contemporary artists, and see how these works ignite experiential moments and expand the field of Experiential Art.

    The Mend-Smith Project is the third event in Spaces of Production, a series of three artist-led projects focusing on community engagement. Spaces of Production is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Society of North American Goldsmiths

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    The Mend-Smith Project receives in-kind support from Haywood Community College and Highland Brewing Company.

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    Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

    The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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