Words & Photos by Carly Sioux
Mia Hebib is more than just a jewelry designer; she’s a shape chaser driven by the pursuit to forge the perfect form out of gold, silver, wood and brass. Her Greenpoint studio, Oblik Atelier (Oblik is Croatian for shape), explodes with nuts and bolts, earrings, pliers, bracelets, plants, sunlight, and necklaces. Most recently Hebib has taken on the endeavor of curating “Salon,” an artist exhibition showcasing the talent of seven designers including herself. Equipped solely with a blowtorch and determination, Salon is a testament to what can be accomplished with courage and perseverance and Hebib’s accomplishments serve as an inspiration to all.
Existing somewhere between fine art and high fashion, the art-jewelry collection in Salon attempts to bridge the gap between those worlds. The exhibition is located in an “inventible space,” similar in concept to a pop-up venue but this is no flea market bazaar. Rather, Mia Hebib has invented an environment that fosters her vision as an esteemed artist. Hebib interprets her own collection, thus owning absolute control of the entire visual experience. Future aspirations include making Salon a traveling exhibition.
All the Jewelry on exhibit is hand made and one of a kind. Others designers participating in Salon include Sarah Abramson, Gregory Grigoriev, Theresa Dahl, Kate Cusack, Seohee Koh, and Kristi Sword. Together these seven artists collaboratively created an “Exquisite Corpse Necklace,” a work that unites all of their talent and creativity. Whimsical and unpredictable, the corpse necklace will be the highlight of the exhibition. Conveniently positioned in the opportune neighborhood of Williamsburg, Salon opens on October 1st from 7-10pm and will run through October 8th 2010.
439 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Gallery Hours 12-7pm daily
October 1-8, 2010