Working pictorially I like to create a wide range of jewelry and objects combining both precious and non precious metals. These layered pieces utilize such elements as oceanic images, Mexican Dia De Los Muertos ceremonies and the vigorous style Picasso cultivated after his trip to Africa. My work often features contrasting symbols and striking primitive faces.
My intention is to create good-natured semi-ritualistic objects often with toungue-in-cheek references. I have an ability to combine metals and a lively vocabulary of patterns and shapes, which leads to “paintings” or “collages” in metal.
For the last 40 years I have lived to create art inspired by my family, friends, and the world around me. As for the future, I will continue my quest to create functional and non-functional art.
1973 – A.A. Industrial Arts/Fine Arts, Pierce Junior College, Woodland Hills, CA
1973 – Present: Jeweler
2010 “A Wave of Inspiration” Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Surf City Santa Cruz, CA
2010 “Bugs” Indigo, Santa Barbara, CA
2005 “Everything but the Kitshen Sync” La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1999 “Surf Party” Contemporary Arts Forum, Art Exhibit by Craig Stecyk, Santa Barbara, CA
1991 “Black, White, and Gone” Viewpoint, Carmel, CA
1988 “Modern Jewelry Perspectives” Art School, Santa Cruz, CA
1988 “Not Just American Pie” Ntl Invitation Brooch & Earring Show, Seattle, WA
1987 “Harmonies” Free Hand Los Angeles, CA
1986 Functional Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Jewelry Has Appeared in Print, Movie & Television Media
1991 Metalsmith magazine Summer 1991 Edition Volume 2 Number 3
1988 Wil Shriner, host of Wil Shriner Talk Show, San Francisco, CA
1987 Ornament Magazine, summer edition, features Strasser in review of “Harmonies” exhibition, Free Hand, Los Angeles, CA
1986 Splash Sportswear features Strasser jewelry on supermodel Cathy Ireland
1985 Actor Jon Cryer wears Strasser jewelry in movie, Pretty in Pink
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