Samuel Gassman

"To make these pieces, I gather worthy things, whether intrinsically valuable or things made valuablethrough care and labor. The work combines a lifetime of sewing (I was taught to sew at age three),collecting, and ludic playfulness triumphing over reason. The works express the Grand Tour, theforeign markets as if seen for the first time, with a touch of (Dr.Who) time travel. They are engineering,high craft, wild abandon, and the gilded albatross of the leftovers of Empire. Fabrics and texturesand pieces of the past are combined into a treatise on connoisseurship. The value of the pieces areheld in the combination of lost objects held in formal unity that makes a synergistic whole, a newintensity of content."


  • 1986: Bachelorabschluss Geisteswissenschaften, Englisch Hauptfach / Italienisch Nebenfach, Universität von Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA
  • 2001-2004: Metallverarbeitung, bei Chunghi Choo, Universität Iowa, Iowa City, USA
  • 1992: Diplom-Gemmologe am Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, Kalifornien, USA 
  • 2001: Honourable Mention Preis Cheongju International Biennale, Cheongju, Südkorea
  • 2001-2014: Violine, Augusta Carrico, Kathryn Stoskopf und James White; Buchbindung, William Anthony, Iowa Zentrum des Buches, Iowa City, IA; G.G., USA
  • 2002, 2003: Ausstellung, Out Like That!, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance NYC, USA
  • 2004: Internationale Ausstellung für Metallschmiedekunst und Schmuck, Ausstellung der Kyung-Geum Metal Smith Association, Kepco Plaza Gallery, Seoul, Südkorea
  • 2008, 2009: Ausstellung der Iowa Metal Innung im Figge Museum of Art
  • 2010: Ausstellung; Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, Iowa, auf Einladung
  • 2013: Ausstellung, A Space, Thirteen Twenty Three, Brooklyn, NY, USA; Ausstellung, Tongue and Cheek, The Greenville Kunstmuseum, NC, USA