Throughout the duration of exhibition “Sacrés Outils! “, the blog of LA Joaillerie invites you to discover the artists participating in the exhibition. Through a tool-Portrait, discover their considerations on tools, their views on crafts and handmaking.
Juanjo Garcia Martin is a Spanish art jeweller. He lives and works in Malaga. His artistic approach combines different disciplines that he has been practicing indinstinctely since an early age: painting, music and art jewellery.
– If you were a tool ?
I think if I were a tool, I would be a hammer, with the aesthetic of the video the Wall, by Pink Floyd!
– If you were a gesture ?
I would be a look.
– What is your first or most significant memory related to tools ?
A small box of wood that my father had built with a fruit box, and I remember that it used to be full of screws, nails, nuts, washers, tape, etc. All that was left to go in the drawer of surprises.
– What is your favorite tool and why ?
The hacksaw, for its simplicity and everything you can get with it.
– Why did you choose working with our hands (and brain !) and what does it provide you ?
I’ve always sincerely loved working with my hands and as far as I remember, the only thing that stood out was the crafts. Through time, craft allowed me to develop my own language as a multidisciplinary artist, highlighting a facet or another.
– How do you consider the growing importance of technologies and machines (modelisation, laser, etc) and the vanishing of ancient know-hows? How does this affect your practice or extend your possibilities ?
Today, we are experiencing a period of transition where machinery is being replaced by software and the digital world. In the end, I think it is a supplementary tool, a new way to get to the end when you make a work. Although for the time being, I keep working alone with my hands and old machines!