AKArt Curates for Art Markit


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As an Art Markit Curator, AKArt's selections on the creative retail site now include Philip Smith's Marble Prints and Michelle Hartney's MOTHER'S RIGHT necklace. Art Markit is the retail destination for unique gifts and products for everyday use made by renowned and up-and-coming artists from around the world. Proceeds are shared with artists, curators, and institutions that promote art and a creative lifestyle. Use, gift, and collect to bring the beauty of art into your daily life. 

Philip Smith's Marble Prints feature images that frequent his large paintings and recent photographs. Each print is a laser-carved etchings on black marble imported from Pakistan. In Smith’s words, “All great early civilizations memorialized their cultural, spiritual and social ideas and history by carving into stone. As a kid, I was fascinated by these cultures and wanted to become an archaeologist—which gives some explanation to the pictographic work I create. Instead of carving into stone, I now carve into paint, but was always curious to make work like the ancients did, in stone. By harnessing technology with this ancient expression, I have created these marble carvings using a laser to draw the lines into stone. I refer to them as ‘fragments’ and as ‘prints’ as they utilize an engraving process similar to classical prints on paper." Choose from six images and two different sizes. To order yours, click here.

Michelle Hartney's MOTHER'S RIGHT Necklaces are handmade in the artist's Chicago studio. Each necklaces is created by carefully folding a small sheet of sterling silver into nine folds—creating a layered triangle, which mimics the nine folds into which hospital gowns were folded during the artist’s recent MOTHER’S RIGHT performance. For the project, Hartney sewed 1,200 hospital gowns—one for every woman who died during childbirth in the United States in 2013. To order yours, click here.

Also curated by AKArt for Art Markit, Allie Pohl's Ideal Woman jewelry line, as well as her Merit Badge hats and other Ideal Woman items, are available through the online site. Pohl is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores the social and cultural constructions of contemporary Western society. Pohl created the Ideal Woman by digitally enhancing Barbie to fit Western society’s ideal female measurements of 36-24-36—addressing the social constructs of perfection and the demands made on a woman's body. Pohl's Ideal Woman symbolizes anti-perfection and is repeated throughout Pohl’s work in sculpture, video, ceramic, installation, and neon. The Ideal Woman jewelry line was created in an effort to continue the 'anti-perfection' conversation outside of galleries and museums. Find out more here.

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IMAGES Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Philip Smith, Untitled (In situ), 2015, Laser-etched black honed marble, Large: 11 x 14 x .75 in. / 27.94 x 35.56 x 1.9 cm., Small: 8 x 10 x .75 in. / 20.32 x 25.4 x 1.9 cm., Edition of 25 each; Michelle Hartney, MOTHER'S RIGHT Necklace; Philip Smith, Untitled, 2015, Laser-etched black honed marble, Large: 11 x 14 x .75 in. / 27.94 x 35.56 x 1.9 cm,, Small: 8 x 10 x .75 in. / 20.32 x 25.4 x 1.9 cm., Edition of 25 each; Michelle Hartney, MOTHER'S RIGHT Necklace; Allie Pohl, Ideal Woman Necklaces
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