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What We See in the Sky

1997 Keith E. Lo Bue Born: Fairfax, Virginia 1964 bone-handled fork, pocket watch case, mason jar holder, nails, glass marble, opals, engraving, paper, text, etched and oxidized copper, bead, leather, brass and soil 17 x 3 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (43.2 x 8.3 x 3.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1999.65 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 57B

Luce Center Quote

"Strung together by the human urge to classify, objects in these fabricated environments form a fractured and dislocated second history, one that ignores factual origins." Keith Lo Bue, Metalsmith, Spring 1999

Luce Center Label

What We See in the Sky is one of Keith Lo Bue's many neckpieces constructed of found objects. He often experiments with translucency, and here a clear marble distorts the face of a man behind it, whose eyes are illuminated with eerie, blue opal chips. Lo Bue's unusual combination of worn objects, including a bone-handled fork and pocket watch case, create a haunting, dreamlike feel. The otherworldly title is purposely cryptic and adds to the mystery of the necklace (Toni Greenbaum, "Romancing the Bone," Metalsmith, Spring 1999).


Figure - fragment - face

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Mixed Media

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