Luke Maninov Sculpture

Exhibited at Queensland College of Art (QCA) Project Gallery, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia on May 6 - 30, 2015.

In this unfolding is a culmination of several years of experimentation at the bench in the artist’s studio and the scientific laboratory. In particular this work has been greatly influenced by neuroscience imaging research undertaken at the Queensland Brain Institute. 

The exhibition explores the philosophical concept of ‘coming out of the world’ as opposed to ‘coming into the world’. Mirrored forms from the micro to macro are used to convey the repetition of this story across scale and time while neural forms illustrate the changing states of consciousness from birth to death.  This visualisation of human neural development, both biological and metaphysical, was achieved through forming and casting gold, sterling silver and bronze into filigrees that resemble organic structures. Gold vermeil and oxidised patinas were used to create finishes of widely varying hues with sapphires, rubies and topaz set into the work to suggest the visceral qualities of brain activity.

The collection concludes by exploring ideas of transcendent form expressed through the exploration of a unique neural structure, the ellipsoid body. These final works link to personal experiences in meditation, experiences which originally seeded the desire to understand consciousness through the study of neuroscience.


Britney Ross (Dallys Models) wearing Ellipse choker as headdress and septum piece / Photographer: Katriena Emmanuel, Stylist: Alyssa Selin, Beauty: Carla Sakrzewski, Hair: Aleesha Darke for Jute Magazine Models

Britney Ross (Dallys Models) wearing Ellipse choker as headdress and septum piece / Photographer: Katriena Emmanuel, Stylist: Alyssa Selin, Beauty: Carla Sakrzewski, Hair: Aleesha Darke for Jute Magazine Models

The 116-piece exhibition was made possible through the support of Flying Arts Alliance and Griffith University who supported this exhibition through the Exhibition Development Program Award.

Special thanks also goes to Perry Bartlett, director of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), and research heads Jürgen Götz, Linda Richards and Bruno Van Swinderen who graciously gave permission for me to share neuroscience imaging often inaccessible to the public. Similarly, the works on display would not have been possible without the generosity of those who supported my Kickstarter campaign and together raised close to $4,000 for materials related to the production of these pieces.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1692498708/neuroscience-jewellery-and-sculpture

Some of the profits from the exhibition allowed me to make donation of $1,700 to support those with Motor Neuron Disease through the MND and Me Foundation.

Dendrite Rings in rose gold with diamond, white sapphire, ruby, emerald and black pearl, 2015 to 2016

Purkinje ring in silver with white sapphire,, 2015

Purkinje ring in silver with white sapphire,, 2015

Platinum Dendrite ring with blue and white diamonds, 2016

Platinum Dendrite ring with blue and white diamonds, 2016

Luke Maninov Neuroscience jewelry jewellery surfacing vesicle ring

Surfacing rings were designed to represent the spreading of a vesicle onto the outer membrane of a neuron, much like a bubble rising to meet the surface of a lake. The centre of these rings are textured in a way that tension might exist on the surface of a cell, taught, pulled in many directions and rippled in motion. To hint at other vesicles rising but yet to spread I set smaller stones into the bands, or in some cases emerging next the larger central stones.

Forever of itself so, 40 x 24 x 24cm, sterling silver, blue sapphires, white sapphires, rubies, amethysts, gold vermeil, patina, 2015

Forever of itself so, 40 x 24 x 24cm, sterling silver, blue sapphires, white sapphires, rubies, amethysts, gold vermeil, patina, 2015

 
Moment mean to pass // Inkjet on canvas 50x50cm - image acquired and editedd using samples prepared Gerhard Leinenga, Götz Lab.

Moment mean to pass // Inkjet on canvas 50x50cm - image acquired and editedd using samples prepared Gerhard Leinenga, Götz Lab.

 
 

Purkinje rings, sterling silver, faceted moonstone, 2015

Unfolding III, 20 x 8 x 8 cm, sterling silver, amethyst, gold vermeil, patina, bell jar, 2015

Unfolding III, 20 x 8 x 8 cm, sterling silver, amethyst, gold vermeil, patina, bell jar, 2015

Luke Maninov Lotus pod ring neuroscience
 
 
Birth II / sterling silver, gold, amethyst, 2015

Birth II / sterling silver, gold, amethyst, 2015

 
astrocyte neuroscience jewellery luke maninov hammond
 
Neuroscience Pendant microglia neuron luke maninov hammond
"In This Unfolding" Triptych, 3x 83x57cm panels

"In This Unfolding" Triptych, 3x 83x57cm panels

Dendrite ring, sterling silver, white sapphire

Dendrite ring, sterling silver, white sapphire

Astrocyte earrings, sterling silver, amethyst

Astrocyte earrings, sterling silver, amethyst

Cajal Ring, sterling silver

Cajal Ring, sterling silver

Ellipse Septum

Ellipse Septum

Zheani Sparkes wearing Ellipse Setpum. Photographed by Michael Murchie

Zheani Sparkes wearing Ellipse Setpum. Photographed by Michael Murchie

Birth I (Sterling Silver and Pearl)

Birth I (Sterling Silver and Pearl)