Asymmetry Bracelet

  • Frank Patania, Asymmetry Bracelet, ca. 1960, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Patania Family, 2000.100.2A

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Asymmetry Bracelet illustrates Frank Patania Jr.’s concern with basic geometric shapes. Inspired by architecture and sculpture, his simplified, streamlined designs reflect a belief that greater value should be placed on the artist’s creativity than on the materials used. Here, six irregularly shaped pieces of silver are soldered together; these are then finished and polished to emphasize the form and the reflective qualities of the precious metal.

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“My work is basically a contemporary style using the architectural technique of fabrication, like building a bridge. Each piece, rather that [sic] being cast as a whole, is the sum of the parts, fitted to achieve the end result.” Artist quoted in “Patania: 70 Years of Excellence,” Modern Silver, April/May 2001

Asymmetry Bracelet
ca. 1960
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Not on view.
2 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (5.1 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Patania Family

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