Interchange: Bilk back from Bangkok

Exhibition  /  05 Aug 2016  -  02 Sep 2016
Published: 02.08.2016
Interchange: Bilk back from Bangkok.
Bilk Gallery
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Johannes Kuhnen, Mio Kuhnen

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In 2015 Bilk Gallery hosted a wonderful exhibition of Contemporary Thai jewellers from ATTA Gallery, Thailand’s only contemporary jewellery gallery.  In March 2016 Bilk was delight to be reciprocating and  travelled to ATTA Gallery with an exhibition of selected Australian jewellers from Bilk’s impressive stable of artists. This collaborative interchange has not only been an exciting opportunity for cultural exchange but also a way of opening up a broader discussion of approaches to making, materials and concepts.

Artist list

Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Nicholas Bastin, Melissa Cameron, Simon Cottrell, Marian Hosking, Kath Inglis, Johannes Kuhnen, Mio Kuhnen, Carlier Makigawa, Larah Nott, Sean O’Connell, Mark Vaarwerk
Marian Hosking
Hosking’s affinity with the Australian landscape is poetically captured in her beautiful and endless inspiring jewellery. Pieces are often cast directly from the landscape, or skilfully rendered into brooches, rings and neckpieces. 
Carlier Makigawa
Makigawa’s open wire forms build organically into skeletal like structures that could easily be described as architecture for the body. 
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
Aitken-Kuhnen’s passion and thoughtful understanding of place and her surrounds is evident in her considerate translation from visual appreciation of the landscape and its wildlife into beautiful abstracted representations to be worn on the body. 
Johannes Kuhnen
Kuhnen is well known for his bright geometric constructions using anodised aluminium and titanium, more recently he has readdressed the inclusion of found sedimentary and volcanic rocks into his already impressive and iconic oeuvre. 
Kath Inglis
Inglis joyously explores her material of choice, PVC. She hand cuts, colours and masterfully constructs crystal like forms that allude to the aesthetic nostalgia of antique glass and jelly moulds. 
Mark Vaarwerk
Vaarwerk is affectionately known as the plastics man, an alchemist with this modern material. He gathers polystyrene food boxes, computer keys and milk bottles which are found often broken or discarded. He transforms them into minimal jewellery forms, that are unrecognisable from their origins, but hint to their past life through their still vibrant colour.   

Melissa Cameron
Work is an extension to her ongoing research into military technologies. Conceived to present a historical continuum, the pieces pits ancient and modern military technologies against one another, prompting questions about humanity’s continuing relations with humanity.
Sean O’Connell

O’Connell makes jewellery that moves, little wearable amulets to reduce the daily frictions of life and provide something to fiddle with as one is deep in thought.
Nick Bastin

Bastin contemplates the idea of the portal, a doorway between two different places; the actual world and another that is imagined, untouchable and fantastic. His jewellery acts as small frames that manifest as borders situated on the cusp of such places.
Simon Cottrell

Cottrell’s practice is drawn from an accumulation of places, but it is the sheer attention tpo making, thinking, and construction of process that allows these pieces hold both simplicity and complexity simultaneously. Initially appearing quite austere, the more time one engages with a piece the more playful and fascinating they become.
Mio Kuhnen
Kuhnen’s scientific background in marine and sedimentary geology, as well as her interest in Australia’s unique environment inform her practice heavily.  She references bathymetric images of marine floors and aerial photographs of fluvial deltas to create sensitive wearable pieces of jewellery.
Larah Nott

Nott’s Music Halls of the World series are beautiful intricate three-dimensional structures in anodised titanium, taker her cues from the floor plans of these wonderful buildings. Her interest in these architectural forms and her love of music are all bound together in these colourful brooches that are capable of transporting one into a world of music.
Melissa Cameron. Brooch: Heat. Stainless steel, vitreous enamel. Melissa Cameron
Brooch: Heat
Stainless steel, vitreous enamel
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Simon Cottrell. Pendant: 4 reflex bent form. Monel. Simon Cottrell
Pendant: 4 reflex bent form
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Johannes Kuhnen. Pendant: Painting in stone, 2016. Basalt quartz, anodised titanium. Johannes Kuhnen
Pendant: Painting in stone, 2016
Basalt quartz, anodised titanium
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Mark Vaarwerk. Brooch: red/white two cubes, 2016. Expanded polystyrene food boxes, ABS vacuum cleaner, casings, sterling silver, stainless steel. Mark Vaarwerk
Brooch: red/white two cubes, 2016
Expanded polystyrene food boxes, ABS vacuum cleaner, casings, sterling silver, stainless steel
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Marian Hosking. Necklace: Black gum caps necklace, 2016. Silver. Marian Hosking
Necklace: Black gum caps necklace, 2016
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