Nightingales

  • Daniel Jocz, Nightingales, 1994, fine silver, sterling silver, and 18k gold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1994, Daniel H. Jocz, Gift of Mobilia Gallery and Helen Bock, 1999.53

Luce Center Label

“Nightingales” is part of Daniel Jocz’s Song Series of brooches. Starting in the mid-1990s, Jocz broke away from his typical geometric forms in favor of the more representational forms he learned to sculpt in art school, particularly the figure. Jocz felt that the whole series was like a song, with each brooch representing one emotional statement. The series is marked by dreamlike imagery, often incorporating figural elements. For example, in Nightingales, a superimposed face is scattered with tiny gold crosses.

Luce Object Quote

“I try not to put any restrictions on ideas that pop into my head. I don’t try to judge them in any way.” Daniel Jocz, interviewed by Robert Godfrey, Exhibition Catalogue: Uncommon Sense: A Retrospective Exhibition, 2000

Title
Nightingales
Artist
Date
1994
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 1/4 x 2 7/8 x 3/4 in. (5.6 x 7.4 x 1.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mobilia Gallery and Helen Bock

Mediums Description
fine silver, sterling silver, and 18k gold
Classifications
Keywords
  • Emblem – cross
  • Figure – fragment – mouth
Object Number
1999.53
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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