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Benjamin Lignel

Jeweller
Published: 06.02.2013
Benjamin Lignel.
. photo: Baptiste Lignel, Paris Benjamin Lignel.
photo: Baptiste Lignel, Paris
Benjamin Lignel. Piece: Io ce l'ho d'oro (yeah...but mine's gold), 2007. Fine gold. 6,5 x 3,4 x 3,4 cm. Beak extension for pigeon 
. photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris 
. 
. An experiment on the ambivalent use of accessories to either mock, or ape,
. the demeanour of our betters. 
. . Benjamin Lignel
Piece: Io ce l'ho d'oro (yeah...but mine's gold), 2007
Fine gold
6,5 x 3,4 x 3,4 cm
Beak extension for pigeon
photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris

An experiment on the ambivalent use of accessories to either mock, or ape,
the demeanour of our betters.

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Benjamin Lignel. Piece: Io ce l'ho d'oro (yeah...but mine's gold), 2007. Fine gold. 6,5 x 3,4 x 3,4 cm. Beak extension for pigeon 
. photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris 
. 
. An experiment on the ambivalent use of accessories to either mock, or ape,
. the demeanour of our betters. 
. . Benjamin Lignel
Piece: Io ce l'ho d'oro (yeah...but mine's gold), 2007
Fine gold
6,5 x 3,4 x 3,4 cm
Beak extension for pigeon
photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris

An experiment on the ambivalent use of accessories to either mock, or ape,
the demeanour of our betters.

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Benjamin Lignel. Piece: Suck my thumb, 2006. Caramel-flavoured chocolate, branded beech. 9 x 2,2 x 2,2 cm. photo: Samantha Font-Sala 
. 
. An act of faith, designed to last the average length of a Tex Avery 
. animation film, and procure a sweet kind of pleasure.. Benjamin Lignel
Piece: Suck my thumb, 2006
Caramel-flavoured chocolate, branded beech
9 x 2,2 x 2,2 cm
photo: Samantha Font-Sala

An act of faith, designed to last the average length of a Tex Avery
animation film, and procure a sweet kind of pleasure.

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Benjamin Lignel. Piece: Wedding Goblets, 1996. Sterling silver. 9 x 7 x 12 & 8,8 x 6 x 14 cm. photo: Joel Degen, London 
. 
. Let me spell this out: this is not a ring-hanger, nor some complicated chin support.
. This weird goblet is meant to be put on, and worn under the hand: this is proper drinking equipment. Take a groom, a bride: once this apparatus fitted on them, you pour the betrothal 
. wine into the recently adorned palms of their hand: they must drink into each other’s hand, 
. drink up from this ephemeral chalice.. Benjamin Lignel
Piece: Wedding Goblets, 1996
Sterling silver
9 x 7 x 12 & 8,8 x 6 x 14 cm
photo: Joel Degen, London

Let me spell this out: this is not a ring-hanger, nor some complicated chin support.
This weird goblet is meant to be put on, and worn under the hand: this is proper drinking equipment. Take a groom, a bride: once this apparatus fitted on them, you pour the betrothal 
wine into the recently adorned palms of their hand: they must drink into each other’s hand, 
drink up from this ephemeral chalice.

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Benjamin Lignel
. Wedding Gobelets, 1996
. Manual.
Benjamin Lignel
Wedding Gobelets, 1996
Manual

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Benjamin Lignel. Ring: Happy family Mrs, 1999. Sterling silver, offset-printed card box, paper. 9,3 x 3 x 5,8 cm. Set of three fold-to-fit rings
. photo: Joel Degen, London 
. 
. A mild and temporary cure for the compulsively possessive: this ‘happy product’ should make you feel better, whilst having none of the drawbacks of actually meeting with the medical institution. It is especially recommended if you believe that health and beauty are the same thing; this purchase, in fact, should represent a marginal fraction of your monthly ‘splash-out’ on skin creams and slimming products - think of it as an aesthetic band-aid.. Benjamin Lignel
Ring: Happy family Mrs, 1999
Sterling silver, offset-printed card box, paper
9,3 x 3 x 5,8 cm
Set of three fold-to-fit rings
photo: Joel Degen, London

A mild and temporary cure for the compulsively possessive: this ‘happy product’ should make you feel better, whilst having none of the drawbacks of actually meeting with the medical institution. It is especially recommended if you believe that health and beauty are the same thing; this purchase, in fact, should represent a marginal fraction of your monthly ‘splash-out’ on skin creams and slimming products - think of it as an aesthetic band-aid.

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Benjamin Lignel. Ring: Happy family NHS, 2002. Rubber, gauze, ink, screen printed card, plastic sleeve. 8,4 x 13,7 x 0,3 cm. Set of two adhesive rings 
. individual ring 76 x 2 x 26 (top) / 76 x 2 x 20 (bottom) 
. photo: Joel Degen, London 
. 
. Let us imagine that the NHS, just before its death rattle, adopts a liberal charter, simplified procedures, and a fresh, fashion-friendly attitude to dressings: while saving up to put your fatty deposits in the hands of overpaid, sublime surgeons, why not accessorise your minor cuts back to health! 
. (I know you want to.). Benjamin Lignel
Ring: Happy family NHS, 2002
Rubber, gauze, ink, screen printed card, plastic sleeve
8,4 x 13,7 x 0,3 cm
Set of two adhesive rings
individual ring 76 x 2 x 26 (top) / 76 x 2 x 20 (bottom)
photo: Joel Degen, London

Let us imagine that the NHS, just before its death rattle, adopts a liberal charter, simplified procedures, and a fresh, fashion-friendly attitude to dressings: while saving up to put your fatty deposits in the hands of overpaid, sublime surgeons, why not accessorise your minor cuts back to health!
(I know you want to.)

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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Support your local jeweller, 2006. Aluminium, steel, acetate. ? 3,2 x 0,8 cm. Set of two badges (edition of 150) 
. photo: Joel Degen, London . Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Support your local jeweller, 2006
Aluminium, steel, acetate
? 3,2 x 0,8 cm
Set of two badges (edition of 150)
photo: Joel Degen, London


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Benjamin Lignel. Ring: Super cheap thrills, 2007. Fine gold, offset-printed card. box 3,9 x 4,6 x 0,6 cm. one instant ring 
. photo: Benjamin Lignel, Paris 
. 
. The title refers to Janis Joplin's (almost) eponymous 1968 album, and purports that some memorable pleasures last no more than 9'38" (the ring does; avoid masonry work).. Benjamin Lignel
Ring: Super cheap thrills, 2007
Fine gold, offset-printed card
box 3,9 x 4,6 x 0,6 cm
one instant ring 
photo: Benjamin Lignel, Paris

The title refers to Janis Joplin's (almost) eponymous 1968 album, and purports that some memorable pleasures last no more than 9'38" (the ring does; avoid masonry work).

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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Getting old sucks, 2005-2006. Oxidised sterling silver, stainless steel pin. medium 6 x 3,7 x 3,7  large  7 x 3,7 x 4,6 cm. two brooches
. photo: still - Joel Degen, London 
. portrait - Elène Usdin, Paris 
. 
. Brooches for mammal in the p.m., worn to signal some things other than protracted youth: sag, feed, and pride. (The pair).. Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Getting old sucks, 2005-2006
Oxidised sterling silver, stainless steel pin
medium 6 x 3,7 x 3,7 large 7 x 3,7 x 4,6 cm
two brooches
photo: still - Joel Degen, London
portrait - Elène Usdin, Paris

Brooches for mammal in the p.m., worn to signal some things other than protracted youth: sag, feed, and pride. (The pair).

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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Getting old sucks, 2005-2006. Oxidised sterling silver, stainless steel pin. medium 6 x 3,7 x 3,7 large 7 x 3,7 x 4,6 cm. two brooches 
. photo: still - Joel Degen, London 
. 
. Brooches for mammal in the p.m., worn to signal some things other than protracted youth: sag, feed, and pride. (The pair).. Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Getting old sucks, 2005-2006
Oxidised sterling silver, stainless steel pin
medium 6 x 3,7 x 3,7 large 7 x 3,7 x 4,6 cm
two brooches
photo: still - Joel Degen, London

Brooches for mammal in the p.m., worn to signal some things other than protracted youth: sag, feed, and pride. (The pair).

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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Thinking of you (portrait), 2006-2007. Sterling silver, fine silver, polyurethane paint, stainless steel pin. dimensions variable, aprox 4 x 1 x 6,5 cm. photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris 
. 
. “Thinking of you (portraits)” is a series of brooches that reproduces the ear of the user, or that of the user’s partner / friend/child etc.: each brooch is designed to order, and strives to render, much as a portrait painting would, the specific features of the sitter’s ear. It finds its inspiration in the Victorian hair work popular towards the end of the 19th century: mourning and sentimental jewellery, usually presented in the form of lockets, featuring a painted portrait on its visible side, and a braided hair lock on the flipside, or inside the medallion. It is poised, as the locket was, between remains and representation. 
. Each brooch is delivered in a box, pinned to a folded newspaper page featuring a personal ad describing the sitter.. Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Thinking of you (portrait), 2006-2007
Sterling silver, fine silver, polyurethane paint, stainless steel pin
dimensions variable, aprox 4 x 1 x 6,5 cm
photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris

“Thinking of you (portraits)” is a series of brooches that reproduces the ear of the user, or that of the user’s partner / friend/child etc.: each brooch is designed to order, and strives to render, much as a portrait painting would, the specific features of the sitter’s ear. It finds its inspiration in the Victorian hair work popular towards the end of the 19th century: mourning and sentimental jewellery, usually presented in the form of lockets, featuring a painted portrait on its visible side, and a braided hair lock on the flipside, or inside the medallion. It is poised, as the locket was, between remains and representation.
Each brooch is delivered in a box, pinned to a folded newspaper page featuring a personal ad describing the sitter.

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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Thinking of you (portrait), 2006-2007. Sterling silver, fine silver, polyurethane paint, stainless steel pin. dimensions variable, aprox 4 x 1 x 6,5 cm. photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris 
. 
. “Thinking of you (portraits)” is a series of brooches that reproduces the ear of the user, or that of the user’s partner / friend/child etc.: each brooch is designed to order, and strives to render, much as a portrait painting would, the specific features of the sitter’s ear. It finds its inspiration in the Victorian hair work popular towards the end of the 19th century: mourning and sentimental jewellery, usually presented in the form of lockets, featuring a painted portrait on its visible side, and a braided hair lock on the flipside, or inside the medallion. It is poised, as the locket was, between remains and representation. 
. Each brooch is delivered in a box, pinned to a folded newspaper page featuring a personal ad describing the sitter.. Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Thinking of you (portrait), 2006-2007
Sterling silver, fine silver, polyurethane paint, stainless steel pin
dimensions variable, aprox 4 x 1 x 6,5 cm
photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris

“Thinking of you (portraits)” is a series of brooches that reproduces the ear of the user, or that of the user’s partner / friend/child etc.: each brooch is designed to order, and strives to render, much as a portrait painting would, the specific features of the sitter’s ear. It finds its inspiration in the Victorian hair work popular towards the end of the 19th century: mourning and sentimental jewellery, usually presented in the form of lockets, featuring a painted portrait on its visible side, and a braided hair lock on the flipside, or inside the medallion. It is poised, as the locket was, between remains and representation.
Each brooch is delivered in a box, pinned to a folded newspaper page featuring a personal ad describing the sitter.

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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Thinking of you (portrait), 2006-2007. Sterling silver, fine silver, polyurethane paint, stainless steel pin. dimensions variable, aprox 4 x 1 x 6,5 cm. photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris 
. 
. “Thinking of you (portraits)” is a series of brooches that reproduces the ear of the user, or that of the user’s partner / friend/child etc.: each brooch is designed to order, and strives to render, much as a portrait painting would, the specific features of the sitter’s ear. It finds its inspiration in the Victorian hair work popular towards the end of the 19th century: mourning and sentimental jewellery, usually presented in the form of lockets, featuring a painted portrait on its visible side, and a braided hair lock on the flipside, or inside the medallion. It is poised, as the locket was, between remains and representation. 
. Each brooch is delivered in a box, pinned to a folded newspaper page featuring a personal ad describing the sitter.. Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Thinking of you (portrait), 2006-2007
Sterling silver, fine silver, polyurethane paint, stainless steel pin
dimensions variable, aprox 4 x 1 x 6,5 cm
photo: Enrico Bartolucci, Paris

“Thinking of you (portraits)” is a series of brooches that reproduces the ear of the user, or that of the user’s partner / friend/child etc.: each brooch is designed to order, and strives to render, much as a portrait painting would, the specific features of the sitter’s ear. It finds its inspiration in the Victorian hair work popular towards the end of the 19th century: mourning and sentimental jewellery, usually presented in the form of lockets, featuring a painted portrait on its visible side, and a braided hair lock on the flipside, or inside the medallion. It is poised, as the locket was, between remains and representation.
Each brooch is delivered in a box, pinned to a folded newspaper page featuring a personal ad describing the sitter.

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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Hello! My name is W, 2006-2007. Dental gold, dental ceramics. dimensions variable, aprox 1,8 x 0,4 x 3,8 cm. set of six brooches 
. photo: still - Enrico Bartolucci, Paris 
. portrait - Elène Usdin, Paris 
. 
. Alongside the medal, which rewards military excellence, we find the trophy: no less a carrier of martial symbolism or an object of ornamental use, I found it surpasses the medal in indicating the flipside of victory, as it is usually procured directly from the carnage that conquest necessarily leaves behind. 
. 
. Quoth Melville, describing Ahab’s Ship: 
. “She was apparelled like any barbaric Ethiopian emperor, his neck heavy with pendant of polished ivory. She was a thing of trophies. A cannibal of a craft, tricking herself forth in the chased bones of her enemies.” 
. 
. This set of brooches was created in response to the ANTI-WAR medals project initiated in 2003 by gallery Velvet da Vinci, in San Francisco.. Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Hello! My name is W, 2006-2007
Dental gold, dental ceramics
dimensions variable, aprox 1,8 x 0,4 x 3,8 cm
set of six brooches
photo: still - Enrico Bartolucci, Paris
portrait - Elène Usdin, Paris

Alongside the medal, which rewards military excellence, we find the trophy: no less a carrier of martial symbolism or an object of ornamental use, I found it surpasses the medal in indicating the flipside of victory, as it is usually procured directly from the carnage that conquest necessarily leaves behind. 

Quoth Melville, describing Ahab’s Ship:
“She was apparelled like any barbaric Ethiopian emperor, his neck heavy with pendant of polished ivory. She was a thing of trophies. A cannibal of a craft, tricking herself forth in the chased bones of her enemies.”

This set of brooches was created in response to the ANTI-WAR medals project initiated in 2003 by gallery Velvet da Vinci, in San Francisco.

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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Hello! My name is W, 2006-2007. Dental gold, dental ceramics. dimensions variable, aprox 1,8 x 0,4 x 3,8 cm. set of six brooches 
. photo: still - Enrico Bartolucci, Paris 
. portrait - Elène Usdin, Paris 
. 
. Alongside the medal, which rewards military excellence, we find the trophy: no less a carrier of martial symbolism or an object of ornamental use, I found it surpasses the medal in indicating the flipside of victory, as it is usually procured directly from the carnage that conquest necessarily leaves behind. 
. 
. Quoth Melville, describing Ahab’s Ship: 
. “She was apparelled like any barbaric Ethiopian emperor, his neck heavy with pendant of polished ivory. She was a thing of trophies. A cannibal of a craft, tricking herself forth in the chased bones of her enemies.” 
. 
. This set of brooches was created in response to the ANTI-WAR medals project initiated in 2003 by gallery Velvet da Vinci, in San Francisco.. Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Hello! My name is W, 2006-2007
Dental gold, dental ceramics
dimensions variable, aprox 1,8 x 0,4 x 3,8 cm
set of six brooches
photo: still - Enrico Bartolucci, Paris
portrait - Elène Usdin, Paris

Alongside the medal, which rewards military excellence, we find the trophy: no less a carrier of martial symbolism or an object of ornamental use, I found it surpasses the medal in indicating the flipside of victory, as it is usually procured directly from the carnage that conquest necessarily leaves behind. 

Quoth Melville, describing Ahab’s Ship:
“She was apparelled like any barbaric Ethiopian emperor, his neck heavy with pendant of polished ivory. She was a thing of trophies. A cannibal of a craft, tricking herself forth in the chased bones of her enemies.”

This set of brooches was created in response to the ANTI-WAR medals project initiated in 2003 by gallery Velvet da Vinci, in San Francisco.

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Statement

Ben first trained in philosophy & literature, then in art history, at New York University, and finally in furniture design, in London: hence his interest in the fonctional object, complicated by a penchant for art, and further perverted by sustained exposures to literary works, often momentous, sometimes pertinent.

The particulars of his training (two years of furniture design, and five days in jewellery making) defined the way he initially approached jewellery: concerning himself primarily with notions of function and context of use, and usually working towards self-appointed briefs, whilst one step removed from actual manufacture. Even though he is now making a large part of his work, it continues to offer a design-led alternative to a craft-based profession: as an extended family of individual objects that hope to tackle specific aspects of body adornment - with little concern for overall stylistic or technical homogeneity.

The laws of gravity, or possibly the cyclical nature of one's interests, have recently been steering him back towards desktop adventures, including, but not limited to, curatorial, associative and writing endeavours. His first curatorial project (in collaboration with Christian Alandete) was also known as jewellery, a touring exhibition of French contemporary jewellery which saw 6 countries before shutting down in 2011.

Ben co-founded la garantie, association pour le bijou, a French association with a mission to study and promote jewellery. He became a member of Think Tank, a European initiative for the applied arts, in 2009.

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2016:
Exhibition  05 Mar 2016 - 12 Jun 2016  Objects of Vertu.
Award giving  10 Feb 2016 - 10 Feb 2016  Lynn Batchelder: Emerging Artist Award Winner 2016.
2015:
Fair  08 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015  JOYA: Barcelona Art Jewellery Fair 2015.
2012:
Exhibition  24 Oct 2012 - 25 Nov 2012  Mirror Mirror: An Exhibition in Homage to Suzy Solidor.
Exhibition  23 Jun 2012 - 23 Sep 2012  Mirror Mirror: an exhibition in hommage to Suzy Solidor.
2011:
Exhibition  30 Jun 2011 - 21 Jul 2011  Benjamin Lignel: La Disparition.
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