The Bellevue Art Museum is a great place to see art, and it’s only a quick bus ride or drive away. If you are looking for something to do over the long holiday weekend, swing by the BAM and see their latest addition- the Jamie Bennett exhibition. Click on the link above for a full listing of museum exhibitions, and for visiting hours to the BAM.
Edge of the Sublime presents a first-ever retrospective of works by Jamie Bennett, one of the most important enamelists working today. This exhibition explores the artist’s creative use and development of a variety of enameling and metalworking techniques to produce highly color-saturated imagery on signature brooches, necklaces and pendants. Included are more than 80 ornaments, in addition to paintings and a selection of wall reliefs, sketches and notebooks. Drawings and accompanying texts shed light on the artist’s practices, revealing both working processes and conceptual developments.
Over the past 30 years, Bennett’s painterly innovations have greatly expanded the field of fired enamel into a medium for contemporary expression. Enameling is an ancient method of decorating metal by sifting or painting enamel powder (finely ground glass) onto a metal surface and then heating the piece with a torch or in a kiln to melt and fuse the glass to the metal. Certain influences are clearly visible in Bennett’s work, including his fascination with words and symbols, and his mother’s work as a fashion designer/dressmaker.