SITE EFFECTS – JEWELRY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC
EXHIBITION: 2 CONTINENTS, 12 JEWELERS, 24 CONCEPTS, 48 JEWELRY PIECES
Gallery of the Bavarian Association of Art & Craft (Bayrischer Kunstgewerbeverein: BKV)
Pacellistrasse 8, Munich, Germany
Exhibition Dates: January 17th – February 29th 2020
Opening Reception: January 16th 2020
Curated by Anja Eichler and Katja Toporski
Jewelry on this and the other side of the Atlantic: in Europe and in the USA. On both sides of the ocean are ‘Western’ cultures. If jewelry is considered a form of communication, do people speak the same language on either side of the Atlantic or are there differences?
Metalsmith Gary Griffin observed regarding the works in the International Jewelry Exhibition 1900 – 1980 at the ‘Künstlerhaus’ in Vienna: ‘The European work appeared far more minimal than the American. It represented a design distillation process, which resulted in a reductivist aesthetic.’
Those observations refer to the jewelry of the last century. We are asking ourselves if these differences have been blurred in the era of globalization or if they still exist. If there are differences, are they merely aesthetic in nature or are the concepts and thinking behind the works different too? To what extent does one only perceive a difference because knowledge of an artist’s name and location results in cultural stereotyping? Is it possible to see a difference if there is no background information? Does the Atlantic still exist as a dividing line? Or has this been replaced by a more individualized approach?
These are the questions we are aiming to pursue with our exhibition.
Kristin Beeler, Sofia Björkman, Caroline Broadhead, Liesbet Bussche, Thea Clark, Nikki Couppee, Emily Culver, Anja Eichler, Rebekah Frank, Maria Rosa Franzin, Donald Friedlich, Sara Gackowska, Lena Grabher, Peter Hoogeboom, Holland Houdek, Anastasia Kandaraki, Anya Kivarkis, Kristiina Laurits, Seth Papac, Estela Saez, Sondra Sherman, Marjorie Simon, Katja Toporski
Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of Arts, USA
Exhibition Dates: April 23rd – May 24th 2020
Baltimore Jewelry Center, USA
Exhibition Dates: June 7th – July 10th 2020