Valerie Goodman Gallery is delighted to announce a collaboration with Lee Anderson Couture: the Upper East Side fashion destination will showcase a selection of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings by the French sculptor and designer Jacques Jarrige through May 2016. The Lee Anderson window at 988 Lexington Avenue will also display one of his hanging metal sculptures, which expresses the same calligraphic élan as his jewelry.
At this jewel box of a store, art meets fashion, and they have a lot to say to each other. While Lee Anderson’s dresses conceal the refined methods of their making and indulge in the world’s finest fabrics, Jacques Jarrige generally prefers to work with modest materials that bear the marks of his tools — his thin aluminum or brass bands show the impact of his hammer, creating an energetic surface that breaks light into a thousand fragments, more reminiscent of the elemental splendor of shimmering reflections on rippling water than of a faceted diamond.
However, sartorial luxury and conceptual arte povera share an elective affinity: Anderson’s sumptuous dresses and Jarrige’s minimalist adornments both deeply connect with the moving body as their inspiration and challenge. “The wearer occupies the sculptural space of my pieces from the inside just as I do when I create them,” says Jacques Jarrige of his colliers, which he forms around his neck without any preparatory sketches. Just like a custom-made gown, this Parisian artist’s jewelry is more companion than ornament, heightening one’s physical awareness and bestowing the pleasure of inhabiting a well-built structure — a structure so light that it doesn’t weigh on the body while delivering the theatricality of Jarrige’s fluid gestures, translated into common yet gorgeously crafted metals. Their intentional lack of preciousness allows for a sense of spontaneous playfulness as with the jewelry of Alexander Calder, a major influence on Jarrige, along with Henry Moore, Jean Arp, and George Nakashima.
Lee Anderson embraced Jacques Jarrige’s elegant simplicity as “excitingly unfamiliar but friendly”, recognizing the same passion for the hand-made, unique and tactile, even if spoken in a different voice.