Ligia Dias, Name-Dropping

May 7 – June 20, 2010
Opening reception on May 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

Art Since the Summer of ’69 is proud to present a special project, Name-Dropping, by Ligia Dias. Known for her precisely built Bauhaus themed jewelry, and collaborations with Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz and Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo, this is Dias’ first solo show in a gallery, and the first extensive presentation of her work in New York.

Ligia describes her work as “Coco Chanel and Max Bill driving a Matra 530 customized by Sonia Delaunay". She founded her namesake jewelry label in 2005, and continues to collaborate with artists, including Karina Bisch and Mai-Thu Perret.

At Art Since the Summer of ’69, Dias will exhibit a series of jewelry, each inspired by a specific work of art: Among others, Philippe is a neck piece made of a recycled painted-on t-shirt by the artist himself, Barbara a pink crocodile leather bracelet maintained by metal bars. Anni is a modest, yet timeless, necklace made of metal washers and black ribbon. Robert M. is made from a slashed black leather neck piece pierced with silver spikes. All pieces are unique, one-of-a-kind.

The necklace Cindy is a special edition by Ligia Dias for Art Since the Summer of ‘69. For this jewelry piece, Dias updates her classic ‘Pendu’ necklace. She accepts pearl necklaces and pearls, real or fake and sews them onto a rope with a noose. This edition is named Cindy thanks to Cindy Sherman’s participation to Ligia’ s project. During the duration of the exhibition, anyone who wants their own Cindy can drop off their pearls and Ligia will then re-ensemble them, for a flat rate, into the same design, providing a “re-birth” to the strand of pearls.

Ligia Dias lives and works in Paris. In October 2009, she received the first ANDAM (Association Nationale pour le Développement des Arts de la Mode) award of the Young French Designer of the Year. The collection LIGIA DIAS Colliers is currently available at Colette in Paris, 10 Corso Como in Milan, Tokyo and Seoul and in other select stores worldwide.

For inquiries and image requests, please contact the gallery at info@artsince69.com or by phone, 347-208-5437.