For their new collaboration, LA Joaillerie par Mazlo and ARKETIP association are delighted to present two "nested" exhibitions placed under the sign of Time.

The group exhibition Sign of the Times is based on a double allusion.
On the first hand, its title pays homage to the song Sign O The Times recorded in 1987 by Prince. With an unusual social tone, the author gives an uncompromising picture of a schizophrenic era. Haunted by the spectrum of AIDS, ravaged by drugs and armed attacks, the 80's are described as a period of unbridled materialism. A society able to switch without complex from the darkest perspectives to the hysteric passions raised by the conquest of the space …
More than thirty years later, in a time characterized by the triumph of social networks and witnessing the launch of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into space, this vision has lost none of its timeliness and relevance …

On the other hand, this exhibition borrows to Max Lüscher, author of the Color Test, the idea according to which the jewel is a signal or an external sign of the personality of its bearer. This idea echoes the expression now popular and commonly adopted by the media  to describe jewelry showing "strong personality", the famous "statement jewelry ». Is jewelry today more than ever a means to openly declare to the world who we are and what are our individual values? Can jewelry reflect its time and, on the same time, exceed the anecdotal and transcend fads?

For this exhibition, the selection of artists aims to highlight a wide diversity of approaches. This eclecticism is obvious both on the aesthetic and on formal point of view. However, a common thread links the artists to each other. On this occasion, each one was asked to conform to a double exercise in style.They proposed existing works or crafted new works having the dimension of signs: jewels anchored in Time or witnesses of their time. Then, they associated their work to a literary reference, drawn as well from pop culture as from poetry, novel, essays, etc. to illustrate their particular conception or relationship to Time. The result is a choral exhibition, showing works  as diverse as jewelry made from credit cards by Sungho Cho, the narrative jewelry pieces of Serena Holm, the illusionist jewels of Julia Maria Künnap or the poetic flower-rings of Arata Fuchi, to name but a few.

 

Guest artists:

Paul Adie - Sungho Cho - Lisa & Scott Cylinder - Arata Fuchi - Yu Hiraishi - Serena Holm - Julia Maria Künnap - Nicole Schuster - Christel Van Der Laan - Karen Vanmol

Exhibition of contemporary art jewelry May 26 - July 14, 2018.
Opening reception May 26, 5-7 pm.