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July 30 2014

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Body Art On The Walls At Grey Area

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Grey Area founders Kyle DeWoody and Manish Vora launched their gallery with the mission of blending art and design with functionality. Their latest exhibition, Body Art: A Jewelry Show, now on display at their Soho showroom, is a perfect extension of their unordinary approach. “Body Art is the culmination of a year of sourcing artist-designed or artfully designed pieces for Grey Area,” DeWoody tells Style.com of the jewelry exhibit, showcasing an eclectic mix of pieces from over 30 artist-slash-designers, including Phoebe and Annette Stephens of Anndra Neen (the duo is a growing force to be reckoned with in the accessories market), Italian designer Monica Castiglioni, and Elyse Graham of Elephant Heart. “So many artists seemed to be exploring jewelry as a medium for expressing their creativity, translating their work into a wearable and more accessible form, and as such it has been a successful area for us,” she adds.

Just as on their e-commerce site, which they launched last summer, all of the items on display are for sale, ranging from Anndra Neen’s handcrafted mixed-metals pieces to visual artist Michele Oka Doner’s cast sterling silver Cul-de-Sac clutch to Shelter Serra’s homage to the ultimate status watch, the Fake Roley (coming in at just $40, while the Cul-de-Sac reaches $18,000). Some of the works are new pieces by artists they have been working with for a while, like Dallas-based designer and sculptor Deborah Mullen, and others are just making their Grey Area debut with this show. “Highlights are hard to say as I’m obsessed with it all, but I’m very excited about our newest additions by Chris Platt. He makes extremely interesting pieces out of steel, creating value in the shapes and forms he creates, not the materials he uses,” says DeWoody. Up next for the art insider: She’s headed to London to install a shop, called Bad for Me, within her mom Beth Rudin DeWoody’s show Bad for You, opening October 9 at Shizaru Gallery to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair.

Body Art: A Jewelry Show runs through October 19 at Grey Area, 547 Broadway, NYC, (212) 941-6400. To shop the items in Body Art, visit ShopGreyArea.com.

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