There’s something happening in Australia and New Zealand these days and I think it’s about time I left my arachnophobic excuses and visited these amazing countries.
For one thing, Helen Britton is exhibiting her work titled industrial at Gallery Funaki (08.11-03.12.11) in Melbourne. Originally from Western Australia, the artist is living and working in Munich and has a special eye for what she calls “industrial baroque”. This describes her work perfectly; she is inspired by industrial and construction sites, where “collection and selection of material” takes place, very much like the jewellery making process. She looks for meaning in all things that have lost their initial purpose and gives them new meaning, new use. I really admire her cheekiness after reading this: “I can make the precious look cheap and rubbish look unaffordable“.
I’ve had the luck of getting up close to this next artist’s work (and to see him work) at the last Schmuck exhibition in Munich and to tell you the truth, I did not expect that he would change the way I look at rings and semi-precious stones.
Karl Fritsch’ show Rings without End can be seen at objectspace gallery (04-23.11.11) in Auckland. He was born in Germany, studied at the Goldsmith’s College in Pforzheim and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and has been making rings since 1992. He uses rusted nails among other materials and provokes all kinds of reactions with his non-traditional stone-settings. In some pieces he even dares to cover the stones, to make the wearer look for them. Absolutely stunning, I say.