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Objects of Vertu

Exhibition  /  05 Mar 2016  -  12 Jun 2016
Published: 16.03.2016
Phoebus Rotterdam
Curator:
Liesbeth den Besten
Management:
Mirjam de Winter
Manon van Kouswijk. Necklace: Pearl Grey Revisited, 2015. Glass elements (saucer, hand formed cup handle with attached glass beads), diverse glass and plastic beads, polyester thread, glue.. Work designed for Klimt02 Gallery in occasion of the exhibition To Recover, Barcelona, October 2015.
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. The original "Pearl Grey" of 2009 was an assemblage work consisting of found and made elements of porcelain, glass, wood, plastic and pearl. It referenced a traditional cup and saucer of which the cup had been magically replaced by a bead necklace. For this new work I have translated that idea to the typology of a glass 'saucer and cup’. It is again a combination of found and made elements but this time the work is completely transparent; almost like an x-ray of it’s predecessor.. Manon van Kouswijk
Necklace: Pearl Grey Revisited, 2015
Glass elements (saucer, hand formed cup handle with attached glass beads), diverse glass and plastic beads, polyester thread, glue.
Work designed for Klimt02 Gallery in occasion of the exhibition To Recover, Barcelona, October 2015.

The original "Pearl Grey" of 2009 was an assemblage work consisting of found and made elements of porcelain, glass, wood, plastic and pearl. It referenced a traditional cup and saucer of which the cup had been magically replaced by a bead necklace. For this new work I have translated that idea to the typology of a glass 'saucer and cup’. It is again a combination of found and made elements but this time the work is completely transparent; almost like an x-ray of it’s predecessor.
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Intro
From way back gold and silversmiths worked in precious metals, creating jewellery and small, or impressive, objects, tableware and cutlery. Elaborately executed table ornaments are often called conversation pieces. Eye-catcher, a word that is used less, is useful equivalent.
 

Artist list

Dinie Besems, Beatrice Brovia, Liesbet Bussche, Nicolas Cheng, Lin Cheung, Benjamin Lignel, Suska Mackert, Ruudt Peters, Robert Smit, Alejandra Solar, Manon van Kouswijk
Objects of vertu, small objects, mostly made from costly materials are also eye-catchers. They are meant to attract, to catch the gaze and to hold attention. The beautiful objects that are brought together in the chest of drawers can be observed as contemporary objects of vertu. Most of these objects are not made from precious materials but synthetic material, tin, beads or mineral gains preciousness through the delicate treatment of the artist who created the piece. The Archive of Objects of Vertu shows how the gold and silversmith evolved from a craftsman into a jewellery artist or designer. Precious metals are only used sporadically, sometimes to hold our attention, sometimes to create a construction.
The 11 participating artists put two and three-dimensional objects in their drawer(s). The prints, sketches, and posters have various functions: it can be an illustration, or an artwork in its own right, and sometimes it is a sketch that served as a source of inspiration.
The themes dealt with by the artists show a deep consciousness about jewellery and its connotations: etiquette (Bussche), the chain (Kouswijk), power (Lignel), the pin (Cheung), remembrance (Bussche), the pattern (Solar), conversation pieces (Cheng/Brovia), and faith (Mackert). Besides this also muse (Smit), poetry (Besems) and alchemy (Peters) are inspirational
. / Liesbeth den Besten
 
Ruudt Peters. Brooch: Mao Pao Fei, 2013. Agate, silver. 7.5 x 12 x 1.8 cm. Ruudt Peters
Brooch: Mao Pao Fei, 2013
Agate, silver
7.5 x 12 x 1.8 cm
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Ruudt Peters, QI, 2013
. ‘Immortal Ba Xian Stèle, Philosopher Han Xiang zi’, 88 x 49 x 2 cm
. ‘Soul Hun’ brooches, and pendant
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Ruudt Peters, QI, 2013
‘Immortal Ba Xian Stèle, Philosopher Han Xiang zi’, 88 x 49 x 2 cm
‘Soul Hun’ brooches, and pendant
 

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Ruudt Peters, Lan Cai he, 2012
. Charcoil drawings;  4 brooches
. Detail.
Ruudt Peters, Lan Cai he, 2012
Charcoil drawings;  4 brooches
Detail

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Alejandra Solar
. brooches from ‘Recuerdos’, ‘Rastros’, Aire Negro’ and ‘Camouflage’
. Agate, amix, Arkansa stone, alpaca, silver, resin, perspex, print , 2014-2016.
Alejandra Solar
brooches from ‘Recuerdos’, ‘Rastros’, Aire Negro’ and ‘Camouflage’
Agate, amix, Arkansa stone, alpaca, silver, resin, perspex, print , 2014-2016

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Alejandra Solar. Brooch: Untitled, 2015. Agate, silver, resin. Alejandra Solar
Brooch: Untitled, 2015
Agate, silver, resin
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Robert Smit 
. Chalk drawings, 1981 and 1981-2016 (imprint)
. Paper, sepia
. (Object photo).
Robert Smit
Chalk drawings, 1981 and 1981-2016 (imprint)
Paper, sepia
(Object photo)

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Robert Smit 
. Chalk drawings, 1981 and 1981-2016 (imprint)
. Paper, sepia
. (in situ).
Robert Smit
Chalk drawings, 1981 and 1981-2016 (imprint)
Paper, sepia
(in situ)

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Robert Smit
. 10 brooches ‘Letters to Madonna delle Dolomiti’, 2011-1015.
Robert Smit
10 brooches ‘Letters to Madonna delle Dolomiti’, 2011-1015

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Lin Cheung
. ‘Pinpoint’, A2 foto and ‘Jade Pin’.
Lin Cheung
‘Pinpoint’, A2 foto and ‘Jade Pin’

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Lin Cheung
. Lin Cheung, ‘Jade Pin’, 2016
. Detail
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Lin Cheung
Lin Cheung, ‘Jade Pin’, 2016
Detail
 

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Dinie Besems
. 3 strings with poetry lines from Piet Gerbrandy; 1 string ‘Koi’, 2015-16
. Japanese miyuki glass beads.
Dinie Besems
3 strings with poetry lines from Piet Gerbrandy; 1 string ‘Koi’, 2015-16
Japanese miyuki glass beads

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Manon van Kouswijk
. 6 drawings ‘Necklace E/1959/7/59’, and 4 drawings ‘In Order of Appearance’.
Manon van Kouswijk
6 drawings ‘Necklace E/1959/7/59’, and 4 drawings ‘In Order of Appearance’

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Liesbet Bussche
. ‘11 Pieces of Jewelry Every Woman should Own’, blueprints, 2015.
Liesbet Bussche
‘11 Pieces of Jewelry Every Woman should Own’, blueprints, 2015

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Liesbet Bussche
. Gerardus Mercator: 6 medallions, 2014, epoxy, brass, coton.
Liesbet Bussche
Gerardus Mercator: 6 medallions, 2014, epoxy, brass, coton

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Ben Lignel
. ‘Hello! My name is W’, self-published poster, 2009 ; ‘Hello! My name is W’,
. Set of brooches.
. Dental ceramics, gold, embossed cloth-bound and suede clam-shell box, 2006-07.
Ben Lignel
‘Hello! My name is W’, self-published poster, 2009 ; ‘Hello! My name is W’,
Set of brooches.
Dental ceramics, gold, embossed cloth-bound and suede clam-shell box, 2006-07

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Ben Lignel
. ‘Hello! My name is W’ brooches
. Dental ceramics, gold, 2006-07
. Photo: Joel Degen
. Detail.
Ben Lignel
‘Hello! My name is W’ brooches
Dental ceramics, gold, 2006-07
Photo: Joel Degen
Detail

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Suska Mackert
. ‘Eine Ordnung des Glanzes, Glauben’, set of crads in box, petitiën 60, 2016.
Suska Mackert
‘Eine Ordnung des Glanzes, Glauben’, set of crads in box, petitiën 60, 2016

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Beatrice Brovia, Nicolas Cheng
. ‘Conversation Piece, Chapter 3’, Mirrored object.
. A4 mirror, fine silver, folded, sand blasted, patinated, polished
. 2012-ongoing.
Beatrice Brovia, Nicolas Cheng
‘Conversation Piece, Chapter 3’, Mirrored object.
A4 mirror, fine silver, folded, sand blasted, patinated, polished
2012-ongoing

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