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Beaten To Submission; The Art of Repousse
December 5, 2012 @ 10:00 am - April 13, 2013 @ 4:00 pmFree
You can almost hear the tapping of the hammers when you visit the Kaviar Gallery to see the latest exhibit of Craig Kaviar’s copper and pewter repoussé. First heating large sheets of copper to anneal the metal, than delicately shaping the metal into its final design, Kaviar creates intricately detailed works of art. His techniques are as old as mankind itself. The Aztecs used this method to shape their gold jewelry, while medieval blacksmiths decorated knight’s armor using repoussé. The Statue of Liberty di
Featured in the exhibit are Kaviar’s reinterpretations of classical artwork. Nicolas Poussin’s Midas and Bacchus as well as Caesar van Everdingen’s Bacchus with Nymphs and Cupid are both on display in copper repoussage that illuminate the revelry and joy of the drunken Greek gods. Kaviar also created a number of address books and journals with pewter repoussé covers depicting fleur-de-lis and various animals from roosters to catfish! Also currently on display are examples of Kaviar’s hand-forged stair rails, gates and decorative wall hangings.