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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Do You Know Your Rights?

Ken & Dana Design
Mmmmmhmmm. Now, this is some jewelry that intrigues me.Creating both jewelry for men and women, Ken & Dana believe that art in all forms tells a story. I do too, to say the least. It was said in their vision statement that "particular jewelry have long been vessels of showcasing wealth and social standing". This is so true as you stare at the lady in the checkout line that is blinding you with her 5k engagement ring. Watch out, shit gets deep when Ken & Dana bring you their art which goes far and beyond simplistic forms of expression. Ken & Dana intended to "connect with viewers on an emotional level as well as an aesthetic one."
And that my friends, is exactly what they are doing in their B-side Line-Jewelry remixed: Rights, Graffiti and Geometry.
"This series uses four landmark civil rights case ID numbers as it’s voice. We are drawn to numbers that can evoke emotion and carry such significance and meaning. Initially cryptic these four groupings of numbers and letters remind us all to fight injustice. "
517 U.S. 620 1996 – Romer v. Evans – protects against discrimination by sexual orientation.
258 U.S. 130 1922 – Leser v. Garnett – upholds 19th amendment – Women’s right to vote.
347 U.S. 483 1954 – Brown v. Board of Education – desegregates schools.
388 U.S. 1 1967 – Loving v. Virgina – legalizes interracial marriage.
"While exploring New York’s Street art for our Graffiti series we drawn to the significance of what was written on as much as the writing itself. That relationship between graffiti and NY’s buildings was the inspiration for our "geometry" series. "
GRAFFITI "Inspired by the raw expression and rebellious nature of this controversial art form we have created a series of works that emulate different writing styles, abstract NYC walls, and highlight the illegal aspect of Graffiti."

"It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance... and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process."
- Henry James

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