James Jean Opens OVM WebstoreJuxtapoz // Monday, 12 Dec 2011
James Jean has had a very busy year (solo show at Martha Otero, video with Juxtapoz, monograph Rebus being released) but something a bit unexpected opened up: Jean began developing a line of fine jewelry, scarves, and objects with support from my friends in Japan that has culminated in a new webstore of Jean products, OVMLove.com.
Jean wrote on his blog:
This past year was filled with surprises and important moments: working in a new warehouse studio in downtown LA, unveiling my second solo show at Martha Otero Gallery, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the release of my monograph, Rebus. Unexpectedly, I also started developing a line of fine jewelry, scarves, and objects with support from my friends in Japan. I traveled to Tokyo 5 times in the past year, before and after the tsunami, to shepherd OVM into existence. As I explored this new medium, motifs in my work found new expression in precious metals and materials.
Drawing inspiration from forms in nature, OVM is a place of luminous fantasy and dark decay. Four major series of fine jewelry will be released this next year, along with textiles and design objects.
OVM SIREN SILK SCARF:
Sasha Grey in the Ondine's Tears necklace:
And a new Moleskine drawing... too good not to post...