Contemporary jewelry—the personal expressiveness it stands for, and the combustion of tradition and technology bubbling in the core of its material DNA—is a uniquely telling manifestation of the psyche of our time. Non-Stick Nostalgia: Y2K Retrofuturism in Contemporary Jewelry highlights the work of twenty-nine international artists who explore the friction between the analog and the digital. Shown at MAD, NYC and curated by Kellie Riggs with the support of MAD Assistant Manager of Curatorial Affairs Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy. It was secured for the Museum by Assistant Curator Barbara Paris Gifford.
´´Though the pieces in this case come from different sets of hands, each speaks to our fickle relationship to the screen / a portal to connectivity that has morphed into an object of mass codependency, entering into a love/hate symbiosis with our physical bodies. Dovile Bernadisiute grapples with this phenomenon in various ways:her Doorstep brooches, glass casts of fragmented imprints from transitional spaces, embody a nanosecond of stillness now hard to come by; while Högbergsgatan 64 radiates with the surrender of a fallen and cracked device.´´