Organized by gallery LA Joaillerie par Mazlo and ARKETIP association, Le génie des images brings together the works of contemporary art jewelers and the protean universe of artist Coco Fronsac. All of them do share a common practice of assemblage to support their essentially figurative and narrative artistic approach. In this respect, they place the use of photographs or elements borrowed from ancient imagery at the center of their experiments.
The title of this exhibition refers to Camera Lucida, the last book published in 1979 by Roland Barthes and dedicated to photography. The author tries to understand if photography has a genius of its own, and what distinguishes it from the community of images.
However, this exhibition does not intend to make photography the exhaustive support of the presented narrative approaches. On the contrary, it chooses to include it in the same way as other visual representations (drawing, engraving, painting) in a broader reflection on the role of the image and its re-appropriation, at a time when it has never been so democratized, duplicated or even popularized.
By deciding to put images (and particularly figurative images) at the center of their stories (be they wearable or not), the selected artists prove that the image has lost nothing of its own genius, of its ability to tell stories.
In highlighting the works of these worthy heirs of genius collector Joseph Cornell, placed under the auspices of the surrealist André Breton, the exhibition also reminds us that the artist before being a creator, is an image-hunter. A static traveller, he/she is above all a mediator whose works have the power to connect us to another reality.
Materials included in these assemblages result from a slow process of accumulation and selection. And their use proceeds from a singular poetics which has nothing systematic. It would be wrong indeed to reduce the narrative image to a function of servile illustration.
As Jack Cunningham puts it, narrative jewelry is a wearable object that contains a commentary or message which the maker, by means of visual representation, has the overt intention to communicate to an audience through the intervention of the wearer. Nevertheless, this message stems most often from the intrinsic emotional and symbolic charge of the original material, even before it is re-contextualized.
Inspiration originates in this material and its own expressive genius thus giving life to the story which will be told by the final artwork.
German art jeweler Bettina Speckner explains about the tintypes that she uses in her compositions: I try to find out what really interests me in the images (sometimes it takes years…). In the beginning, the shown persons seem to be, especially seen in the row, completely exchangeable. I find them on flea-markets, in old shoe boxes (…) I try to eliminate the superficiality to show the structure I consider important and beautiful. The spots on the metal, the scratches, that give a graphical component, the posture of the person (…) And I try to give back some « extraordinary » of the people shown.
Then one better understands which is the proper genius of the images used in such poetic assemblages. Here, the representation is not subordinated to the narrative. It is its initiator and inspirer. The artist then appears as the ordering agent and revealer of a mystery that it is up to us, wearers and spectators, to interpret and decipher in the light of our own experiences. The story conveyed by the narrative object is not univocal. It is deposited in each individual imaginary to deploy its magic through infinite ramifications.
Zoe ARNOLD - Ramon PUIG CUYAS - Anne DINAN - Carla GARCIA DURLAN - Coco FRONSAC - Robin KRANITZKY et Kim OVERSTREET - Claire LAVENDHOMME - Jana MACHATOVA - Peter MACHATA - Iris NIEUWENBURG - Kim NOGUEIRA - Nanna OBEL - Barbara PAGANIN - Katherine RICHMOND - Chiara SCARPITTI - Bettina SPECKNER - Fatima TOCORNAL - Silvia WALZ
and an apparition of Natalia Lubienecka.
Exhibition September 11 - October 20, 2018 (interruption from September 30 to October 8, 2018).
Opening reception on September 11, 2018, 4-7 pm.
Tuesday to Friday 2 - 7 pm.
Saturday 11:00 am - 1 pm and 2 - 7 pm.
Born in 1981, Zoe Arnold Zoe is a British artist. She studied jewellery design at Central Saint Martins in London, graduating with a first class Honours degree in 2013, and has gone on to establish herself as...
RAMON PUIG CUYAS
Born in 1953 in Matarò, Barcelona, Ramon Puig Cuyàs is one of the masters of contemporary art jewelery. Between 1969 and 1974, he studied jewelry design at Escola Massana in Barcelona, where he graduated in 1969.
The enameled works of Anne Dinan are the result of an inspired experimentation and constantly expanding artistic process. Fascinated by the mixture of natural and industrial influences, she incorporates metals, glass, photos, assemblage...
CARLA GARCIA DURLAN
She began her studies in graphic design in 2005 at BAU University, Barcelona, having a clear devotion for painting, illustration and objects. A set of coincidences led her to jewelry design and she completed a advanced...
KRANITZKY & OVERSTREET
obin Kranitzky and Kim Overstreet started their artistic collaboration in 1985 when a mutual interest in ceramics prompted them to create mixed-media jewelry to raise funds for a kiln. The unexpected success of...
Born in Kinshasa, Belgium in 1959, Claire Lavendhomme lives and works in Brussels. For many years, she has been managing to be an art teacher while working as a painter, which allows her today, through the questions and...
Born in 1972 in Hnusta, Slovakia, Jana Machatova lives and works in Stupava, Slovakia. After graduating from Kremnica School of Applied Arts in 1990, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kremnica...
Born in 1971 in Nové Zámky, Slovakia, Peter Machata lives and works in Stupava, Slovakia. After graduating from the School of Applied Arts in Bratislava in 1991, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava in ...
Born in 1972 in the Netherlands, Iris Nieuwenburg first studied traditional jewelery and goldsmithing techniques at the MTS Vakschool in Schoonhoven. In 2000, she got her B.A. in jewelery design under the direction of ...
Kim Nogueira is an automaton maker and award-winning studio jeweler who received her education apprenticing as a production goldsmith for 16 years, and continues to deepen her skill level with intensive workshops taught by renowned...
Grand-daughter of a printer, trained in graphic design, Nanna Obel got familiar
from an early age with the power of words and illustration. Graduated in graphic design from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts...
Born in Venice in 1961, Barbara Paganin is an Italian artist. She was trained as a goldsmith studying metals and jewellery at the Istituto Statale d’Arte in Venice and sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice...
Katherine’s professional training took place at the University of Central England’s School of Jewellery, in Birmingham where she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing. During her studies...
PhD in Design, collaborates for research activities with the Department of Design of the University of Campania, Italy. She is a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, IED Moda in Milan and Tarì Design School in Caserta, teaching...
FATIMA TOCORNAL GARCIA
She graduated in Mural Paintings and Video Making from Escola Massana, Barcelona. She followed jewellery courses with Silvia Walz in Barcelona. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited since 1990 both in Spain...
Born in 1965 in Geselkirchen, Germany. She studied Jewellery and Metal design between 1985 and 1991 in Fachhochschule Hildesheim and spent a year at the Escola Massana in Barcelona from 1988 to 1989. She has been...
Born in 1962 into a family of artists, little girl of Lucien Neuquelman, and Camille Lesné, with a formal training in Applied Arts in Paris and experience as a former lithographer, Coco Fronsac is a versatile artist with a passion for Tribal Art and Surrealism.
Through her art she explores an abundance of different worlds; each one an invitation into her dreamlike and timeless universe.
She lives and works in Paris.