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Big Ringer

Curated by Andrew Guenther

April 27 – June 8, 2019

Austin Eddy, Bird in Flight, 2019
Andres Bedoya, Untitled, 2019
Andy Cross, Untitled, 2019
Bengala, The Gift That Keeps Giving, 2019
John O'Hara, Untitled, 2019
Jacob Melinger, Untitled, 2019
Marianne Vitale, RING, 2019
Jim Lee, Untitled (dead ringer), 2019
Ryan Kitson, Ruby Ring Toy, 2019
David Kennedy Cutler, Ring Around The Collar, 2019
Marisa Tesauro, Metamorfismo, 2019
Brandon Koch, Today's Growth, Tomorrow's Rings, 2019
Langdon Graves, Mild as May, 2019 
Doug Young, Chromium Alum Ring, 2019
Jennifer Sirey, Wiisp, 2019 
Katherine Bradford, Big Diamond, 2019
Danielle Friedman, Silver Lining Bindle, 2019
Frodo Mikkelsen, Untitled, 2019
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Andrew Edlin Gallery presents Big Ringer, a celebration of artists and artisans from many fields reimagining the engagement ring, organized by Andrew Guenther.

Prior to our modern understanding of the circulatory system, many believed a vein ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart. The vena amoris, or vein of love, was seen as the conduit to a loved one's heart. Placing a wedding band or engagement ring on this finger was meant to be a supernatural link to the wearer's partner, a symbol of unity. Over time, rings have grown in size and opulence, carrying heavier cultural expectations.

 

We asked over 100 artists to create “rings” of any material, no larger than 5 inches in any direction. Given the task of re-envisioning such a weighty and symbolic object, the artists in Big Ringer have created rings from diverse perspectives including honesty, apprehension, optimism and cynicism. 

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