Current Exhibitions

A CALL for COLLARS: “Feel the FRILL
The Ginsburg Gauntlet* Exhibition

Nov. 3rd – Dec. 3rd, 2020

Sculpture To Wear Gallery has a 21-year history of curating and hosting poignant, cutting-edge exhibitions by award-winning international artists. In keeping with this tradition, we are seeking edge-dwellers, truth-seekers and history-makers to participate in a timely exhibition honoring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who “changed minds and made change happen.” One-of-a-kind works are requested, however limited editions up to 10 in a series will be considered. We are opening up the floor to include other art media as well: painting, sculpture. Photographs, textiles, honoring the achievements of the Great Equalizer. Read More

From the Curator: An Unreasonable Exhibition
Lisa M. Berman

I almost gave up on this exhibition before I started, but then my signature character of being “unreasonable” set in. Being unreasonable has a myriad of connotations for people based on their perspective (half empty/ half-full), the time in which they grew up (be seen, not heard) and the origin of dictionary on their desk (yes, a bonafied book with pages). Mine stems from an innate inability to give up based upon outside influence of what is acceptable, the norm, or an easy route (in or out). My DNA of medical inventors, technology wireless wizards, glass ceiling-breakers, indelible style-makers and photographers changing the world, has no room for mediocrity…Read More

The show, conceptualized and curated by Lisa M. Berman, Visionary Proprietor of Sculpture To Wear Gallery, hosts an impressive judging panel of 8:

Judges:

  1. Averie Bishop (Director of The Tulong Foundation; Law Student; Miss Dallas 2020)
  2. Lisa Englander (Principal, Guest Experience and Retail Division, Racine Art Museum)
  3. Amy V. Grimm (Independent Curator; Professor of Art History)
  4. Jayne Herring (Founder of Art for Dignity; Advocate for Social Justice and the Arts)
  5. Neha Husein (Founder & CEO of Just Drive; Human Rights Entrepreneur)
  6. Berta Montoya (Chief Financial Officer, The US Lifestyle Group LLC)
  7. Dawn Neufeld (Attorney, Activist for Autism, Television Personality)
  8. Isabela Varela (Eco-Fashion Environmentalist & Designer, Film maker)

The 9th seat will be kept empty in honor of RBG.

With gratitude to Bruce Pepich Director of the Racine Art Museum, for being our Honorary Chair.

Special thanks to our media sponsor US Lifestyle Group & CEO Uriel Saenz.

Big thank you to Racine Art Museum for your support of the exhibition!

Exhibition

If you have questions about or would like to purchase any of the pieces in the exhibition, please contact:
Lisa M. Berman (310) 403-0531 or lisa@sculpturetowear.com

Francisca Henneman

Rucante

$300
The collar had to emphasize the status of the wearer. The expensive collars were worn by the wealthy and were popular with both men and women. This one has the stature of grandeur but is made of industrial rubber recycle, simple down to earth. Time for equality. Ivory white industrial rubber recycle. Folded and put together with white cord. H. 6cm, w. 34cm, d. 34cm, 6cm thick. *Note: This piece can’t stand the ultraviolet of the sun, do not place this in the sun.

Francisca Henneman

Ruvis

$950
This collar symbolizes being straight forward and yet punctually accurate. The law says it. Grey Industrial Rubber recycle. Crocheted with black thread. H. 3,5 cm, w. 12 cm, length 50 cm

Francisca Henneman

Silicante

$415
Black and White are equal. The black dress complimented with the white collar is in the Supreme Court the common dresscode. And RBG wore it with dignity and authenticity. Francisca makes her statements with industrial silicone recycle. The contrast between the high end and the low end disappeared. The silicone is smooth and soft to bend, you can wear it in different ways. Ivory Industrial Silicone recycled products. Silicone attached with silver rings. H. 5 cm, w. 42 cm, d. 42 cm variable

Marc Cohen

Notorious, (worn by Julia Danielle) – Image A

$3,300
One of a kind wearable art piece honors the “Collars of Dissent” coined by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Created especially for this exhibition. The collar features the proprietary “Box Art” of Marc Cohen of NYC, depicting the Dissents by RBG with an emphasis on the ideal of a woman’s right to choose: “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself. When government controls that decision for her, she’s being treated less than a fully adult human, responsible for her own choices.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Marc Cohen

Notorious Collar – Image B

$3,300
Marc Cohen, Notorious RBG, 2020, Wearable art collar (12″ x 12″ with a 6″ square opening for the neck) presented in a framed box (18″ x 18″) that hangs on the wall. Materials: Multiple Acrylic box frames with photographic images, with signature “Box Art” small figurine, all mounted on leather, magnet fastener. Frame, wood with hand-embroidered pearls in the shape of a contemporary “collar” Photo by artist.

Marc Cohen

Notorious – RBG Small & Mighty

$300
Box Art: wearable art brooch 2’ x 2” x 1”D featuring RBG which can be removed from the Frame 6’ x 6’ x 2”D. Magnetic closure, acrylic box, paper, wood frame with foam. Limited edition of 25.

Nancy Jacobson

I Dissent

SOLD
These ceramic collars represent my admiration and gratitude to RBG. The three collars reflect different aspects of RBG’s legacy. A spiked lace collar that shows her willingness to disagree, A soft lacy collar that shows her respect for collegiality and a collar of her image that shows her impact on us. These pieces were created specially for this exhibition.

Robert Lee Morris

The Dissent Lace Necklace

$2,800
This gold plated brass, one of a kind collar was made for the Donna Karen Spring Show in 1992. The “metal lace” is an ideal submission for the RBG Collar of Dissent Exhibition.

2Roses

Emancipation Collar

$1,500
Pennies symbolize many things. They are the fundamental building block, the common denominator, the most basic unit, and embody the equality of American society. They are ubiquitous, taken for granted, an omen of good luck and currency for your innermost thoughts. The diameter of the necklace is 12.5″.

Adriana Del Duca

176 pearls

$350
This necklace is part of the Kinetic Paper projects where I experiment a new language throw the study of sections, transparency, movement, empty and full spaces and optic effects. Pressed cardboard, silicon, magnets. Vitrifying treatment. This piece is 18″ in diameter.

Adriana Del Duca

Sea Hedgehog Skeleton

$700
This collar is made of, Transparent Grey Plexiglass and Agatha stones and is 18″ in diameter. Necklace from the Transparencia research series.

Adriana Del Duca

Regina

$800
Necklace from the Transparencia research series. Transparent Plexiglass and Steel, one of a kind. The piece is 16″ in diameter. “My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent”.- Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Lonna Keller

Blossom

$600
Garbage bags, plastic zip ties – 25″ X 20″

Lonna Keller

Elegant Massage

$2,400
Sterling, 14k gold, freshwater pearls – 18″ x 8″

Lonna Keller

Extreme

$1,050
Rubber, stainless steel – 25″ x 20″

Lonna Keller

Lace 1

$900
Sterling, fine silver, hematite – 22″ x 9″

Lonna Keller

Peacock

$600
Garbage bags, plastic zip ties – 20″ x 20″

Lonna Keller

Rain

$3,000
Rubber, fine silver – 48″x 18″

Lonna Keller

Seattle

$1,900
Rubber cord, nylon lined rubber, stainless steel – 60″ x 18″

Lonna Keller

Spider

$1,800
Rubber, fine silver – 28″ x 15″

Lonna Keller

Synthesis

$7,000
Sterling silver, fine silver, hematite – 36″ x 16″

Linda Rettich

Brown, Ochre, and Beige Reversible Collar

$8,000
The collar is off-loom bead-woven in size 15 seed beads using the ndebele stitch and then gathered. It’s outer diameter is 9″.

Linda Rettich

Black, White, Blue, and Orange Reversible Collar

$13,000
This collar (pictured below) is based on a smaller version created for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as part of her personal collection. The collar is off-loom bead-woven in size 15 seed beads using the ndebele stitch and then gathered.  Diameter is 16″.

This collar was gifted to RBG in 2019.

Linda Rettich

Brown, Ochre, Orange, and Blue Reversible Collar

$8,000
The collar is off-loom bead-woven in size 15 seed beads using the ndebele stitch and then gathered. It’s outer diameter is 9″.

Sheinina Lolita Raj

Beyond Self

$600
“Beyond Self” is wearable art that is inspired by Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her iconic style. Made of lace trimmed by leather with 4 portraits from the “Intercultural art collection“ Israeli Woman, Indian Woman, Mexican Woman and Japanese woman printed on canvas and made into brooches. The signature quote from RBG is embroidered onto leather, “If you want to be a true professional you will do something beyond your self to heal the tears of your community”. 10″ x 8″

Greg Orloff

Ice Collar

$30,000
Collectible Crystal and stainless steel and sheer brilliance. To honor the icy stare, not quite a glare of the Notorious RBG. The use of leaded crystal and depression glass from decorative serving platters and drinking glasses is an exploration of the material within jewelry, specifically in this context a COLLAR. This work is focused on bringing new light and remembrance to the history/purpose that these objects once contained. Restoring values of yesteryear with hope, determination, and clarity.

 Gabriella Di XX Miglia

Collar

$750
16″ x 20″, Oil on board

Lisbeth Nordskov

Flowing with Dissent

$1,600
Necklace. Rubber, nylon, gold and happy beans. 40 X 50 cm

Lisbeth Nordskov

Justice for All

$1,600
Necklace. Rubber, nylon, gold and happy beans. 40 X 50 cm

Lisbeth Nordskov

Rubber Body Cape

$1,600
Rubber, nylon, and happy beans.

Swinda Reichelt

Endless Loops of Opportunities (ELOO) Series

$500
Red/ Burgundy – 14 Double Loops, 3” Horse hair braided weave-polyester.

Swinda Reichelt

Endless Loops of Opportunities (ELOO) Series

$900
White – 20 Double Loops, 5: wide Horse hair braided polyester.

Swinda Reichelt

Endless Loops of Opportunities (ELOO) Series

$400
Black – 12 Loops, 3” Horse hair braided polyester.

Jan Rivard

Get To The Point

$600
Length – Approx. 18” with a chain extender to lengthen for fit. Faux turquoise (dyed howlite) spike beads, approx. 2”. Lapis Lazuli triangle beads, approx. 1/2”. Rhinestone Square Rondelle beads, approx. 1/4”. Pave Diamond Lobster Clasp

Teri Brudnak

Justice Collar

$600
Steel and gold are the appropriate materials for this work. Steel for the strength of an incredible woman and gold for her enormous heart. Text relating to her is etched into the steel and pearls represent her love of the arts. This is a piece of spiritual armor that embodies courage and resilence. Steel, sterling silver, 24kt Gold, Pearls. 8″x9″x1 1/2″

Anu Das

Reversible Collar

$800
In making this necklace I was inspired by the stories my sister shared of our mother who died at a young age. Our mother lived in an unequal world but envisioned an equal one for her two daughters and prepared them for the struggle ahead. Tussar silk, canvas, glass beads, fabric paints, metallic threads, lace, silk ribbon, clay, and acrylics; 13” x 8”.

Anna Papparella

Flowery Meadow

$650
Flowery meadow is inspired by brooches present at the Casalmaggiore Bijoux Museum. 15.75″ x 11.81″ x 1.81″.

Anna Papparella

Rough Sea

$450
Carved radiological plates, cotton, lisle thread, rings, glass beads, and trimmings. Techniques: carving, crochet, and sewing. 20.87″  x 3.93″ x 1.81″.

Victoria Lansford

Curves in the Right Places II

$12,000
Drawing on both ancient and contemporary techniques and designs, this collar illustrates the balance of positive and negative space, symbolic of light and dark matter in the cosmos and that one cannot exist without the other, reflecting the interconnection of humanity. Russian filigree collar, sterling silver, fine silver; 6″ x 6″ x 1″.

Elizabeth Farber

Resonant

$14,000

I have adapted techniques from antiquity to hand-weave precious metals and gemstones into one-of-a-kind, shimmering tapestries.  The integration of ancient textile processes with unexpected materials gives my work its unique aesthetic. This hand-woven collar resonates with the subtle colors of the stone slices set in bezels.  Collar, hand-woven and fabricated of tourmaline stones and 18k gold. 17.5″ long and 1.5″ wide.

Elizabeth Farber

Passionate

$8,400

The dramatic contrast of the colors and materials in this collar is designed to evoke a passionate response in the viewer. Constantly inspired to explore the use of materials and techniques in unexpected ways, I have hand-woven stone and gold into a soft textile that drapes around the neck. Collar, hand-woven, and hand-fabricated of black spinel, 18k gold and boulder opal. The one of a kind collar is 17 ” long with a 2″ opal pendant.

Elizabeth Farber

Kinetic

$2,800
In this collar, long ribbons of woven gold beads wrap around the neck, pulling together in the front.  It melds around the neck, retaining its original form, but influenced by the individual contours of the wearer.  Thus, each piece comes alive, moving with a woman’s body, and adapting to her kinetic energy.  Collar, hand-woven of 14k gold, black spinel, and black onyx. 17 ” long 3″ drop.

Rameen Ahmed

Classification: Weapon or Adornment 009

$3,600
This piece reflects on the ‘place’ in the current history of migration, specifically in Sonora. Surviving this extreme desert has one solitary barometer: water. Water is the predictor of life during this trek. A symbol of that instrument is the gallon water container-that each ‘journey(wo)man’ has to carry/use judiciously. The ‘sealer’ of the container denotes the quenching of thirst-real or metaphysical. This is a talisman for the interlinking cultures on both sides of the border, while invoking human rights with the protective thorns as defensive dissent and the plastic bottle sealers as protection. Materials: found cactus ribs, found plastic, steel washers, fine silver wire & sterling silver. 17″ x 14″ x 13″.

Rameen Ahmed

Classification: Weapon or Adornment 002

$3,000
My piece tries to invoke the unexpected duality between the harsh ‘weapon’ like exterior of the cactus and the delicate beauty within. I wanted to convey the age-old concept, used throughout history, of transforming  protection and armament into adornment. Materials: cactus rib, freshwater white pearls & sterling silver. 14″ x 8″ x 2.5″

Rameen Ahmed

Ruthless

$2,400
Cactus spines are an evolutionary adaptation to protect the plant from predators and the harsh desert climate. In a post RBG world, I feel we need similar protection from a hostile environment and need to assert our resistance through sharp, pinpoints of resistance. Steel, found/dessicated cactus thorns, aluminum wire and sterling silver. 12″ x 10″ x 3/4”.

Future Exhibitions

ANTONIO LOPEZ
“The Picasso of Fashion Illustration”

There’s much allure to the masterful illustrative work by ANTONIO LOPEZ and the award winning documentary about his colorful life 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco by James Crump models it. My roots are in fashion: my family, education and career began in fashion, so it was a natural fit to curate an exhibition about Antonio’s industry changing contributions and the raw awakening he presented for the rest. The show will include: original drawings, signed posters, large lithographs, related works and photographs of his favorite models, subjects and happenings. Expect an array of eclectic fashion, amazing jewelry, ephemera and contemporary surprises.

WARRIOR WOMEN
– A Celebration of Women

  • Women of Wonder
  • Women of Words
  • Women of Steel
  • Women of Wheat
  • Women of Battle
  • Women of Heart
  • Women of Moxie
  • Women of Sound
  • Women of the World – UNITE
  • Women of Cloth

Past Exhibitions

Robert Lee Morris
– The Power of Jewelry

The exhibition will include a 3-part presentation: a retrospective of his 30 years of impressive design, including many museum and private collection pieces rarely seen before (Torpedo Quill, Helix and Zeta collections – from the 70’s and the famous Cannoli belt). The second portion will include one of a kind sculptures (Sails), as well as vintage and contemporary and jewelry works – even a few new creations, made expressly for this exhibition!

Sculpture To Wear at LEICA Gallery – Dec. 1st

Please join us for a special one day event featuring Artistic Jewelry and Wearable ART, represented by Lisa M. Berman‘s Sculpture To Wear Gallery. Enjoy festive libations and tasty treats while you shop for holiday gifts for family, friends or yourself in this gorgeous 4,000 sq. foot gallery – ICONIC photography by Norman Seeff, hosted by Paris Chong, curator Leica Galleryabove the Leica Store Los Angeles.

Sculpture To Wear FUNd-Raiser for the Laguna Art Museum

The Laguna Art Museum is hosting Sculpture To Wear Gallery for an unprecedented 4 day event, featuring wearable art, jewelry and gifts from International designers and artists: Jeanet Metselaar -Holland (invitation image), Yves Amu Klein-France (3D printed jewelry & sculpture), Kelly Berg- U.S. (hand-painted handbags & shoes), Marc Cohen – U.S. Jacqueline Rudavsky & Ondrej Rudavsky – Slovakia (Grammy award winner), Valerie Jo Coulson – U.S., Lynn Latta – U.S. Ceramics, Statements Accessories and more to be confirmed! Sculpture to Wear is donating more than 50% of our profits to the museum! Owner, Lisa M. Berman (aka Babik), a resident of Laguna since 1974 is excited to have a show in the town where she grew up loving ART! Thanks to our Media Sponsors LocalARTS.com, @The US Lifestyle Group LLC, & Gansevoort Magazine!

Studio Denmark

Artists
Lisbeth Nordskov
Lone Buhl Villaume

Jan Mandel

“Sussara” Collection of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum. Placed by Sculpture To Wear. This one of a kind Tiara is comprised of 8 elegant 18k gold elements that can be worn interchangeably as: Neckpiece, brooch, earrings. “As an emerging contemporary metalsmith in the United States, I have found myself increasingly challenged by those who feel a narrative is essential to the integrity of the work. Although I do believe that influence is important, how it impacts the finished creation, and the resulting artistic statement, need not be paramount or overwhelming to the viewer or wearer. It is important, however, that my work stands on its own as decorative body adornment. The resulting creations will hopefully allow one to not only see, but feel the sculpted contours, and their historic references.”