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Big Ringer

Curated by Andrew Guenther

April 27 – June 8, 2019

Austin Eddy, Bird in Flight, 2019

Austin Eddy

Bird in Flight, 2019


5 x 3 x 2 in

Andres Bedoya, Untitled, 2019

Andres Bedoya

Untitled, 2019

Silver and rutilated quartz

2 x 2 in

Andy Cross, Untitled, 2019

Andy Cross

Untitled, 2019

Oil on canvas

2 x 2 in (5 ring paintings in total)

Bengala, The Gift That Keeps Giving, 2019


The Gift That Keeps Giving, 2019

Cheese packaging, cockring, ceramic

6.5 x 4.25 x 4.25 in

John O'Hara, Untitled, 2019

John O'Hara

Untitled, 2019

Silicone, spraypaint, and ink

7 x 5.5 x 2.5 in

Jacob Melinger, Untitled, 2019

Jacob Melinger

Untitled, 2019

Sterling silver

1 x 1.25 x 0.375 in

Marianne Vitale, RING, 2019

Marianne Vitale

RING, 2019

Steel, brass

5.5 x 5.5 x 6 in

Jim Lee, Untitled (dead ringer), 2019

Jim Lee

Untitled (dead ringer), 2019

Rubber and ink on bone

2 1⁄2 x 2 x 1 3⁄4 in

Ryan Kitson, Ruby Ring Toy, 2019

Ryan Kitson

Ruby Ring Toy, 2019

Ruby, resin, pottery plaster, glass

7 x 4 x 4 in

David Kennedy Cutler, Ring Around The Collar, 2019

David Kennedy Cutler

Ring Around The Collar, 2019

Inkjet transfer and acrylic on canvas, Permalac, buttun, thread, aluminum, armature, hardware

5.5 x 6 x 5 in

Marisa Tesauro, Metamorfismo, 2019

Marisa Tesauro

Metamorfismo, 2019

Cast paper-pulp, hydrocal, imbedded pigment

5 x 5 x 5 in

Brandon Koch, Today's Growth, Tomorrow's Rings, 2019

Brandon Koch

Today's Growth, Tomorrow's Rings, 2019

Gouache, ink, and acrylic polymer on cut pine

4.5 x 2.25 x 1.25 in

Langdon Graves, Mild as May, 2019 

Langdon Graves

Mild as May, 2019 

Epoxy clay, acrylic paint, paper, uncut diamonds

1.25 x 1.5 x .5 in

Doug Young, Chromium Alum Ring, 2019

Doug Young

Chromium Alum Ring, 2019

Chromium alum, paper, paint, sterling silver

5 x 5 x 5 in

Jennifer Sirey, Wiisp, 2019 

Jennifer Sirey

Wiisp, 2019 

Glass, bacteria, water, wood, monofilament

3.75 x 3.75 x 5 in

Katherine Bradford, Big Diamond, 2019

Katherine Bradford

Big Diamond, 2019

Acrylic paint on plaster over armature

5 x 5 x 5 in

Danielle Friedman, Silver Lining Bindle, 2019

Danielle Friedman

Silver Lining Bindle, 2019

Oil on canvas, thread, palm leaves, pigment (222gold)

3 x 4 x 4 in

Frodo Mikkelsen, Untitled, 2019

Frodo Mikkelsen

Untitled, 2019

Silver plated marten skull

1.8 x1.6 x 2.8 in

Andrew Edlin Gallery presents Big Ringer, a celebration of artists and artisans from many fields reimagining the engagement ring, organized by Andrew Guenther.

Prior to our modern understanding of the circulatory system, many believed a vein ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart. The vena amoris, or vein of love, was seen as the conduit to a loved one's heart. Placing a wedding band or engagement ring on this finger was meant to be a supernatural link to the wearer's partner, a symbol of unity. Over time, rings have grown in size and opulence, carrying heavier cultural expectations.


We asked over 100 artists to create “rings” of any material, no larger than 5 inches in any direction. Given the task of re-envisioning such a weighty and symbolic object, the artists in Big Ringer have created rings from diverse perspectives including honesty, apprehension, optimism and cynicism. 

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