I am sharing my photographs today and then will start sharing the stories over the next three days.
I am sharing my photographs today and then will start sharing the stories over the next three days.
In Munich, I meet art jewellery artists and artists creating jewellery and Goldsmiths creating art and manufacturers creating jewellery in an artsy way. All these creatives do not work together in a happy jewellery focused universe and this is confusing for collectors or artists who want to focus on art jewellery. What Does it mean when you say art jewellery?
Definition: Art jewellery is an object that is always based in some way on jewellery and is made to interact with the individual like jewellery but it does not have to be made by a goldsmith or anyone with traditional training in a jewellery craft. Art jewellery expresses the individual talent of the artist reflecting individual ideas and sometimes contemporary culture.
The art jewellery artists tread the line between art and craft and to help grow the art jewellery niche, they look for fellow artists who are focused on art jewellery as their main arena of practice so that their work will be accepted as fine art by art collectors. This is the struggle currently happening within the Art Jewellery world. It is a tiny world full of very creative people.
Basel for Art Week
Going to Basel with this knowledge about art jewellery in my head, I was both happy and angry at the art jewellery displayed at Basel Design. Why was the art jewellery at the design fair and not at an art jewellery fair of its own? Art Photography had their own fair. Art Books had their own fair. Where was the Basel Art Jewellery fair? Why have they not created one or at least moved into one of the satellite art fairs. The design fair was not the right place for fine art jewellery.
Mixing Art Jewellery and Jewellery by Artists
At Basel, the Louisa Guinness Gallery had an amazing exhibition space for their art jewellery and jewellery created by artists – They dared to mix the two.
The gallery placed the art jewellery into a workshop space inside of drawers and allowed you to explore the space and find the art jewellery. The Louisa Guinness Gallery understood that art jewellery is art jewellery and that the artist should not be demoted because they do not have a goldsmith’s practice or focus their energy exclusively on small sometimes wearable objects. They are a gallery and they want to sell art jewellery.
The gallery did separate artwork in their catalogue into Collaboration art jewellery, Historic art jewellery and Modern Art jewellery so you could hunt for what interested you and fit with your definition of art jewellery.
My favourite piece at the louisa Guiness gallery was by the art Jewellery artist Christopher Thompson Royds. The original concept for his earrings used real flowers that browned over time. Because real flowers will not work for a long term piece, the flowers are now painted onto gold and can be worn with just the flower or with the stem.
Artist Creating Jewellery
Anish Kapoor created a large installation pieces at Art Basel Unlimited, created the Cloud gate in Chicago (a/k/a Chicago bean) and the Dirty Corner in Versailles (a/k/a Queen’s Vagina). Now he is making jewellery. This is not a big leap for an artist whose practice is sculpture but some of the art jewellery community dislike this practice of “dabbling” in art jewellery so if you recognized his name and you were not interested in jewellery made by a sculpture, you could avoid opening the drawer because the gallery did a good job of explaining the artwork.
Ai WeiWei Makes Jewellery at Gallery Elisabetta Cipriani
Ai Wei Wei makes art pieces using artisans so it isn’t a big stretch to have Ai WeiWei making art jewellery. The piece below are formed into rebars like the ones used for building in China( The Chinese are not so rich to build houses with gold rebars. The original are steel/iron ore.) The gold rebars created for Ai WeiWei are straight and then Ai Wei Wei bends them into the shape he wants.
Materials are a big deal for art jewellery artists and may be one of the reasons there is such an identity crisis for art jewellery artists. To create art jewellery you do not need to be a goldsmith. In fact, you don’t have to use metal at all. During Munich Art Jewellery Week, I’ve seen art jewellery made from plastic,paper, textile, leather and even the skin of internal animal organs. There is no unifying material and sometimes the jewellery is so conceptual that it cannot even be worn.
In Basel, most of the art jewellery was created using precious metals but, there was an artist creating jewellery made out of tin. The galleriest Antonella Villanova focuses her gallery on art jewellery artists and showed several pieces by Monica Cecchi . Monica’s tin work are all pieces of art that happened to be jewellery created by an artist who focuses on jewellery so is considered by the art jewellery community as an art jewellery artist.
The gallery also exhibited artwork by Gerd Rothmann.
This piece below was one of my favourites art Jewellery piece at the Caroline Van Hoek Gallery. I liked the mix of the pearl, small gem stones and the suede.
Yesterday I went to Maxvorstadt to pick up an old imac to add to my retro collection and I parked in the first parking place I could find which was in front of Schlegelschmuck.
Getting out of my car, my eyes were drawn to the window by a blue broach “How much is the
doggie broach in the window? How much is the necklace in the window? How much are the earrings in the window? Where the heck are the prices?” I wondered.
I peered inside the space and saw a woman working away at a goldsmith’s table. Maybe she could tell me the prices. I followed the little sign near the door telling me to buzz the artist so I buzzed and the artist let me into her space.
Katja Schlegel, a Munich based jewellery artist, opened the door with a smile and we had a nice chat about her artwork, Schmuck exhibition, Munich Jewellery Week and the blue broach in the window.
The blue broach was created the day before and was influenced by the wall socket. I personally thought it was a button but I realised after the third shake of her head that I had the wrong meaning and that the word for button and wall socket were different.
Neither of these words were in my German vocabulary but maybe after writing this post they will sink in to memory…Steckdose is Wall Socket. Knopf is button. Steckdose…Knopf… hmmm Knopf sounds like head, a place that these words were not wanting to hang out and call home.
I like pendants and loved how Katja had necklaces that ended in a pearl and were combined with a tiny gold fastner and a colourful pendant. The pendants come in a variety of colours and the necklace chain also comes in bright silver and oxidised silver.
During Munich Jewellery Week, Katja hosts and curates an exhibition of the art jewellery graduates from the Kunst Akademie so next year you will be seeing some photos of her space and the artists she has invited to show for the week.
If you would like to visit Katja and see her creations, here are the details:
nordendstr. 7a / ecke adalbertstraße
tel: +49 (0)89 -2710071
Tuesday-friday 11 – 19 uhr
saturday 11 – 14 uhr
Closed on Mondays
I’ve invited her to meet with us at the 500 artists say hello so maybe you will get to see her there!
When you show your atwork in Sendling, a neighborhood of Munich where I live, you are definitely going to get your artwork looked at ( If I know where the exhibition space is located.)
This weekend, I visited Das KloHauschen which is an art project by Anja Uhlig. For Munich Art Jewellery week 2016, Anja has Krista Ruohonen in the space interacting with it. What do I mean by interacting with the space? Please read my post about Anja for an explanation of the KloHaushen and Anja’s art projects.
For MJW16 Krista Ruohenen accepted anja’s invitation and created “Eau de Toilette,” the jewellery collection for the Klohaushen (toilet house.) The space is not open except through at the vernissage but you can see everything exhibited in the space through the door. (This is intentional.) If you would like to know more about the artist presenting her art jewellery in the space, you can visit Krista Ruohenen’s website here.
Welserstrasse 11 -29
This small street houses quite a few workshops turned galleries for Munich Jewellery week.
Deborah Rudolph was in the exhibition space when I arrived so I asked her some questions about her work. Here are a few points for you to know:
Deborah is a German artist working near Frankfurt. If you would like to see more of her work, please visit her website.
UNOSTO – UNOSTO is an exhibition curated by Tereza Volna. Tereza focuses on artists from her region but is willing to collaborate/exhibit other artists for specific curatorial projects.The artists in this exhibition are: Natassia Aleinikava, Klara Sipkova, Lucie Houdkova, Martin Verner, Marketa Richterova, Karla Olsakova (all accents ommited due to keyboard challenges.)
Martin Verner explained that his artwork is inspired by the street artists he knows and their tagging. You know how much I like street art. I really like the pin pieces below. If you would like to see more of his work, please check out Martin Verner’s website.
Junk: Rubbish to Gold : Gabi Green in Westend
Watch the video for more information about the project and don’t forget, the jewellery is being auctioned off as part of the project. Check out the Rubbish to gold website for more information
Are you ready? Here are my photos from the main exhibition space at the exhibition center. If you are going to go there to hunt for these pieces, please be patient. The artists are not located together but are scattered throughout the space. I did not like this at all but I hope you have more time than I did today.
The artwork is not in order of gallery or location and I’ve added the name of the artist when I had the information.
Booth Ra Gallery:
Booth WCC BF
I loved these. They are extremely light weight and textile. (brooches/pins) A hollow cube. I think hey would look good worn in a grouping. Cecile Bertrand is from Belgium and you can find her website here.
An artist this week told me that they wanted to create a series of penises. I laughed when I saw this wall full of them. Sold individually as pins. The artist is Nelly Vanoost and her website is here.
I walked into this booth and loved this bug/beetle/winged creature. Here is a nice article about the Thai artist Apinya Oo Boonprakobthis and her process.
Booth ATTA Gallery (new gallery)
I loved this piece above. It is by Don Friedlich Below is how the pin would be worn.
The piece is very different than hisDonald Friedlich’s other work. I wish he would make more like this. If you want to see his other artworks, you can visit his website and see a large selection of his glass work.
I really enjoyed this piece below by Artist Naama Ben Moshe who lives in Berlin and explores textile design.
I don’t have photos of the artwork from the artists below because they gave me a CD of their artwork images but my iMac no longer has a CD drive. One of the artists, Barbara von Taeuffenbach is a member of Kunst in Sendling and exhibited with Munich Artists at our Art in the Park event last year. I was so happy to see her and wish her luck this week.
2016 is the year of installation for Munich Artists and the Friday gallery .
We will be sharing Their creative process As They work within the Friday Gallery space.
All the videos will be on our website for you to watch and, I want to edit them together at the end of the installation. This is not a classic documentary but a recording of how the three of us are dealing with the creations process within the Friday Gallery – two artists and the owner of the space.
Now, please watch Ines Seidel & Allun Turner talking and creating art.