Exhibition: Fuse: Joined To Form A Single Entity, Collaboration
Media: Metals, jewelry
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery West
About the Artist
Kristi Jensen is currently pursuing a BFA at CSULB’s School of Art this year. She mainly works with the medium of metal and jewelry. She originally was a sculpture major but switched because she did not like the technicalities of it. This is her second year working with metal and with the way she talked, it sounds like she wants to continue it into her career. In the little past time an artist can have, she reads. The reason the exhibition is named Fuse: Join To Form A Single Entity describes the idea that the whole exhibit is a collection of many peoples different works. However, they show similarities as the medium of metal is the same.
Looking at the artwork she has made, she rarely has the metal going in a straight line. Such as the necklace, everything has a curvature to it. Also, she seems to have not manipulated the color of the metal too much. The colors all retain earthy tones that these metals would have in a natural setting. The metal she makes, she does not shine or manipulate its clarity. All of them still retain a certain amount of shine however are not perfectly spotless. Her metal pieces are that mostly of jewelry and accessories. As she specified in her interview, her naming of her pieces is not very wordy and many are just untitled.
Jensen stated she has to work a bit on her actual symbolism as a lot of her current work is based on what she wants to build in the moment. She is very driven by process and technique but not so much deeper meaning. Her art pieces reflect a certain rustic aspect of life however. They also can show a almost flashback to times when metallurgy was a primary form of apparel. She has had inspirations in her life that also give her a reason to make art with metal.
Her work reminded me of the past when metal was used more in unison with clothes. Being a guy, it is very weird but I enjoy jewelry. I personally like rings so that is why I took so many pictures of different rings in the exhibit. It actually reminds me a bit of my dad’s wedding ring. My fathers wedding ring is very simplistic however contains a couple swirls on the inside of the ring. This time of simplicity/stylistic value can be seen in some of these rings as well. Overall, it was enjoyable seeing another type of medium that can be seen as non-original. We see paintings, wall art, and sculptures daily but seeing fine crafted metal is rare and it was a very enjoyable experience to witness such works.