CYNTHIA AYRAL & HECTOR OLGUIN : 1350°C

CYNTHIA AYRAL & HECTOR OLGUIN : 1350°C

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Sep
28

The project entitled 1350°C stems from the complicity of Franco-Chilean photographer Hector Olguin and French designer, Cynthia Ayral, in a common reflexion on eroticism.As “Planet walkers”, they aim to confront cultures, combining Japanese and European references: the tradition of cameos and the Shunga (erotic Japanese prints dating from the Edo era, 17th -19th century).A limited edition of three exclusive pieces, this artwork raises questions about the elusive nature of eroticism, which is thought as an intellectual path: the one which leads to desire. Conceived as a complete art object, 1350°C combines different techniques and consists in a case containing nine oval photographs, printed on porcelain. Hector Olguin draws his inspiration from Shunga and particularly from the way pop artists have re-interpreted it in Japan since 1945. He recognizes himself in the exuberance of the represented scenes and in the craziness of the colours. Whether half-fish or half-bird, the body of his models are adorned with scales and shimmering feathers, turning them into fantastic creatures. Here, the desire does not only materializes in a photographic object but in contemporary jewelry pieces. Adopting the traditional shape of the cameos, these oversized oval photographs are free of any contour. In order to liberate […]

QUARS D’UNA

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Jun
21

THE ENCOUNTER The four members of Quars D'una met in 2012 in Barcelona during their studies at Escola Massana. Sandra Llusà Maria Diez, Clara Niubò and Carla Garcia now form the collective Quars d'una. They live and work in Barcelona. UNITED & UNIQUE Although fundamentally unique, their respective approaches share a common interest for the one-offs, for the jewel conceived as an instrument of communication and a language element. SEE THEIR WORKS ? The gallery is pleased to present all the works created by the collective for the Sense Mesura project on the occasion of the exhibition devoted to Tools during the 2017 edition of Paris Design Week. The topic that unites us nowadays, but one that (in essence) has always united us, is the tool. Every artistic proposal is determined by a previous phase: the creative way in which we observe everything that surrounds us. In our case, we are surrounded by tools, those instruments which work as an extension of our hands and take on a life of their own. Sense Mesura is a project that aims to visualize our personal relationship with these utensils, the perfect mediators to think about jewellery and art.Quars d'una FOLLOW QUARS D'UNAWebsiteFacebookInstagram

JUANJO GARCIA MARTIN

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Jun
21

ABOUT 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. CAPTURING THE SPIRIT OF THE CITY A self-taught artist, he is not afraid of experimentation, especially in his search for materials, whose diversity is impressive. His last collection of unique pieces, entitled "Mares de Asfalto" explores the theme of the urban environment: the city of course, but also the worlds it shelters, its buildings, streets, towers, inhabitants, all composing endless strata of colours and parallel stories, crossed by the lines and volumes characteristic of urban architecture. SEE HIS WORKS ? A newcomer to the contemporary jewellery scene, he now regularly participates in group shows and events dedicated to jewellery (Inhorgenta in 2014 in Munich, Talents in 2015 in Frankfurt, Autor in 2017 in Bucharest). He is a regular contributor to the Moments festival and the digital magazine StafMagazine, both dedicated to pop-alternative culture. The gallery will show a selection of his works at the occasion of the "Holy Tools!" exhibition, during edition 2017 of the Paris Design Week. FOLLOW JUANJO GARCIA MARTINWebsiteFacebookInstagram

ROBIN KRANITZKY & KIM OVERSTREET

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Jun
21

EVERYTHING BEGINS WITH A KILN Robin 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 this project launched their collaborative venture known then as Lost & Found. Today, the Kranitzky & Overstreet studio is located in Richmond, Virginia, USA.   TIMELESS Deeply influenced by their beginnings as creatives in advertisement and by the art of assemblage developed by artists like Joseph Cornell, the duo has an absolutely inimitable style, composing with found objects, times, and different interpretation levels, to create complex, captivating and thougth-provoking narrative works. SEE THEIR WORKS ? Their works are in the permanent collections of many museums: Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museum of Art in Philadelphia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Collection, the National Museum of Contemporary American Craft and the design Museum of Helsinki in Finland.  The gallery is proud to show one of their original works at the occasion of Parcours Bijoux 2017, as part of the exhibition entitled "Triptych: Life, Love, Death". FOLLOW KRANITZKY & OVERSTREETWebsiteInstagramFacebookArt Jewelry Forum - […]

ZOE ARNOLD

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Jun
21

ABOUT Born in 1981, Zoe Arnold 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 an independent artist jeweller. OVERCOMING THE CATEGORIES Often referred to as "The Jeweller’s Jeweller"; Zoe Arnold’s evocative jewels are as much individual works of art as they are wearable sculpture, exploring the poetic and the macabre in the form of both illustrative and sometimes obscure treasures. Known for their individuality and wit, her works are made with a varied use of materials and techniques, a love of fine craftsmanship and traditional hand skills, combined with storytelling and poetic imagery.   SEE HER WORKS ? Her pieces are in many prestigious collections, including the Crafts Council, the V&A, the National Museums of Northern Ireland and the Alice & Louis Koch collection, among others. The gallery will show a selection of her original works at the occasion of Parcours Bijoux 2017, as part of the exhibition entitled "Triptych: Life, Love, Death". I work in all sorts of different ways and I use a range of materials – silver, gold, wood, old prints and engravings, old […]

JO POND

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Jun
21

ABOUT Born in Chiswick, London, Jo Pond is a British art jeweller. After discovering jewellery making at the Berkshire and Loughborough Colleges of Art & Design, she established her design process some years later during her Masters at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham. Today she lives and works in Staffordshire, where, alongside her practice as a studio jeweller, she is employed as a lecturer at the School of Jewellery. REPURPOSING AS A RE-CREATION Jo Pond perceives among the most prosaic objects unsuspected aesthetic and narrative potentialities that most of us would not even notice. By collecting them first, then by recycling and modifying them, especially through laser welding, she creates jewels / artifacts that deconstruct our a priori with an obvious tenderness and a consummate talent for understatements. SEE HER WORKS ? Her works have been exhibited in many galleries internationally, showcased at selected exhibitions such as Schmuck in Munich, the V&A Museum London, Price Tower Arts Centre Oklahoma, and Contemporary Applied Arts in London. The gallery will show a selection of her works at the occasion of edition 2017 of the Paris Design Week. FOLLOW JO PONDWebsiteInstagramFacebook

GABI VEIT

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Jun
21

ABOUT Born in 1968 in Bolzano, Italy, Gabi Veit is a spoon maker, art-jeweller and graphic designer based in South Tyrol and Switzerland. After studying graphic design in Innsbruck and Venice, she founded her own studio in 1994. She then graduated in jewellery design from the Alchimia School in Florence, in 2011. THE HIDDEN POETRY OF THE SPOON While pursuing the creation of jewellery, Gabi Veit has mostly focused her attention on the exploration of the spoon's design lately. Herself a great collector of this everyday object whose functional and elementary forms fascinate her, Gabi Veit considers the spoon as a subject of experimentation and a means of interaction. Her one-off spoons present organic forms, whose rough and falsely archaic surfaces reveal a genuine taste for the Japanese aesthetics of wabi sabi. SEE HER WORKS ? The works of Gabi Veit are regularly shown in exhibitions and galleries of international renown. Her collection of spoons inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins is now part of the collection of the Grassimuseum in Leipzig. In 2017, her work was exhibited in Meister der Moderne, HMI, Munich, in FuoriSalone Milan and in the Vogue Salon, during Berlin Fashion Week. The gallery will present […]

ASAGI MAEDA

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Jun
21

ABOUT Asagi Maeda is a Japanese artist. After completing a BFA in sculpting at Tokyo Zokei University, she studied gemology at GIA, NY and jewellery design at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  Today she lives and works in Tokyo, where she makes jewellery and lectures on jewellery making at Jyoshibi University of Art and Design. LIFE IN BOXES Since her childhood, she is fascinated by boxes and puppet theater. Memories that today fuel her work which aims to explore the theme of the urban space. She translates the city life into the form of imbricated boxes, unveiling a tiny world inhabited by miniature silhouettes made of thin gold wires. Each spectator then becomes the witness of poetic scenes of the ordinary life. SEE HER WORKS ? Her pieces are in numerous private collections throughout the United States and internationally and in prestigious collections, including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others. The gallery will show a selection of her original works at the occasion of Parcours Bijoux 2017, as part of the exhibition entitled "Triptych: Life, Love, Death". I grew up in Tokyo. It's a big city. I used to like […]

LISA & SCOTT CYLINDER

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Jun
21

SOULMATES Lisa and Scott Cylinder first met while they were students in jewellery and goldsmithing at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Since 1988, they have been successfully co-directing their art jewellery studio while pursuing a teaching career. Their work is regularly featured in publications such as METALSMITH magazine, the Lapidary Journal, American Craft, the Lark Jewelry Books (500 Brooches, 500 Necklaces, 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs, 500 Gemstone Jewels). They live and work in Oley, Pennsylvania. REENCHANTING THE REALITY The artistic approach of Lisa and Scott Cylinder is guided by their unconditional respect of materials, by the work of the hand but also by their fascination for objects of all kinds (found objects, tools, musical instruments) that they deconstruct and take out of their original context to reinterpret them in post-modern compositions. SEE THEIR WORKS ? Their works are in numerous museums and private collections: the Racine Art Museum, Racine (WI), the Museum of Contemporary Arts & Design (NY), The Gregg Museum at North Caroline State University, (NC), and the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) “Bird in Hand” Miniature Collection (MD). The gallery will show a selection of their original works at the occasion of Paris Design Week and of Parcours […]

KATJA PRINS

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Jun
21

ABOUT Born in Haarlem in 1970, Katja Prins is a Dutch artist. After her training in traditional techniques of jewellery at the Vakschool of Schoonhoven, she studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (1993-1997). Today she lives and works in Amsterdam. HUMAN/MACHINE Since her beginnings as an art jeweller, Katja Prins has been continuously reflecting on the ambiguous relationship between human and machine. By questioning our relationship to technologies, by exploring the question of hybridity, she has gradually developed a repertoire of forms whose  rigor and sharp beauty gives her works the evocative force of signals. SEE HER WORKS ? Her works are in numerous private collections and permanent museums collections : MAD Museum in New York, Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, CODA Museumin Apeldoorn, Schmuck Museum in Pforzheim, among others. The gallery will show a selection of her original works at the occasion of the 2017 edition of Paris Design Week.     For quite some time, my work has been about the relationship between us, as human beings (our human bodies), and technology. When you think of it, this relationship is really intimate. Just look around you. It’s everywhere. We sleep, sit, eat, drink, move, and […]