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Zig-Zag Line

1981 David LaPlantz Born: Toledo, Ohio 1944 tinted and engraved aluminum 2 in. (5.1 cm.) wide Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1982.12.2 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

"I'm not aware of some of the things that are happening with the lines until after I am done." David LaPlantz, quoted in Turner and Turner, The New Jewelry: Trends and Traditions, 1994

Luce Center Label

David LaPlantz works very quickly and rarely puts anything down on paper before heading to the workshop. In Zig-Zag Line, he tinted two pieces of aluminum with different colors, then joined them together using tiny rivets. The engraved lines on the surface of the metal resemble stitches, as if the pieces are held together by thread. This pattern, together with the wavy edges, evokes appliquéd fabric, transforming the cold, rigid metal into something that appears much easier to manipulate.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - aluminum

About David LaPlantz

Born: Toledo, Ohio 1944

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