Lowy’s clients and blog readers know that our artisans are renowned for creating masterpieces in traditional mediums, be it restoring an antique frame, crafting a replica frame or conserving a painting.
Last night, in a decidedly more modern aesthetic, Lowy debuted an exhibition of contemporary mirror frames by our own master gilder, artist and painter, R. Wayne Reynolds. This Lowy-exclusive exhibit, titled “Reflections With Connections,” will be on display through May 31, 2013.
Historically, the mirror frame has often been designed to be “over the top” because it is free from the confines of the design of the painting or art it is presented with. “Reflections with Connections” takes a new look at the mirror as a decorative art object.
These mirror frames showcase natural elements with contrasting and harmonizing man made “frames” for the mirrors. Some are interactive and some are industrial, but all contain an unexpected combination of materials, including rare earth magnets, aluminum, white gold, handmade glass, vintage saw mill blades, polished slabs of Brazilian agates, petrified wood, handcrafted paper from Nepal, and a rare fabric woven from silk and peacock feathers, made in a small village in India.
This will be the third solo exhibition of master gilder Wayne Reynolds’ artwork in New York City. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in 1975, he founded a company dedicated to the 500-year-old craft of gilding. From 1980-1984, he worked as a frame conservator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and was Head of the Gilding Department at Sotheby’s Restoration from 1998-2001.
“I’ve envisioned Reflections with Connections in my mind for years, so to see it come to fruition is quite a moment” said Reynolds.
For more information on “Reflections with Connections” or any of the other pieces in Lowy’s inventory of more than 5,000 frames, please visit http://www.lowyonline.com or call 212-861-8585.