Red Circle/White Ground

  • Lisa Gralnick, Red Circle/White Ground, 1996, hand-fabricated, hammered, and soldered sterling silver and 18k gold with paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, 1997.58A-D

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Lisa Gralnick made Red Circle/White Ground to comment on the artistic process and the role of language in interpreting a work of art. The title comes from an activity she conducts with her art students, in which a series of identical works are given different titles, and therefore different meanings. As in Gralnick's teaching activity, words and labels determine how the piece is perceived and interpreted. For example, the inkwell is labeled "H2O," while the gold pen refers to language, "the ultimate tool of communication," and the blood and handwriting represent the maker/communicator. All of the pieces of the necklace were handmade by the artist.

Title
Red Circle/White Ground
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
overall: 20 x 9 1/2 x 1/2 in. (50.8 x 24.1 x 1.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery

Mediums Description
hand-fabricated, hammered, and soldered sterling silver and 18k gold with paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – written matter
Object Number
1997.58A-D
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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