Holy Tools !

 Tools and everyday objects revisited by Contemporary Jewellery in the Digital era

No machine can compare with a man's hands. Machinery gives speed, power, complete uniformity, and precision, but it cannot give creativity, adaptability, freedom, heterogeneity. These the machine is incapable of, hence the superiority of the hand, which no amount of rationalism can negate.Soetsu Yanagi, The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty


On the occasion of the Paris Design Week, the ARKETIP association and gallery LA Joaillerie par Mazlo present «Holy Tools ! », a group show featuring a selection of works by international art jewellers and video artists.

Conceived as a tribute, this collective exhibition questions the close relationships existing between the artists and tools. How do they relate to these universal objects, whose shapes, designs, uses have often remained unchanged, through the centuries?

From initiation to hybridization, through fetishization and recycling, each artist invites to rethink the tool and everyday objects in the light of his/her personal practice but always as an instrument of liberation and mediation between humans and their environment.

The exhibition also raises the issue of the perpetuation of handmade know-hows in a time of increasing dominance of machinery and other advanced technologies. Are hand tools doomed to disappear ? Do they have to adapt to changes and how ? What are the possible consequences of these evolutions on our consumption modes ?

 Opening on September 7th, 7-9 pm.



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