LINGAM. Fertility Now

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Published: 18.03.2010
LINGAM. Fertility Now.
Guus van den Hout
Ruudt Peters
Text by:
Mónica Gaspar Mallol
Edited by:
Arnoldsche Art Publisher
Edited at:
Technical data:
128 pages, hardcover, 130 colour illustrations, text in English, 20 x 20 cm
from $ 44.10
David Bielander. Necklace: Corn cob, 2009. Split fastener (steel, anodised brass), silver. 17 x 5,5, chain 76 cm. © Photography by Rob Versluys. David Bielander
Necklace: Corn cob, 2009
Split fastener (steel, anodised brass), silver
17 x 5,5, chain 76 cm
© Photography by Rob Versluys
© By the author. Read Copyright.

An unusual jewellery book with a courageous choice of topic. A book that makes you chuckle in one instant and makes you contemplate intensively the very next. The hardcover with its cheeky design of a three-dimensional glue application is a special highlight. With a wink of an eye it stands for the “libidinous liquids” associated with the phallus.
Phalli to Wear

Fertility symbols are a major motif in the history of art: figurines with enormous breasts, broad hips and pronounced genitalia as well as male sculptures, often in the shape of a phallus, already existed in the Stone Age. Today the phallus is considered a symbol for lust and sex in our Western culture. Meanwhile, in Buddhist and Hindu tradition the lingam is self-evidently integrated into everyday public life. There it stands for forces like fertility, strength, energy and creativity as the artist Ruudt Peters learnt on his journeys in South Asia. “Lingams represent deep symbolic and religious values,” says Peters.

The founder of the Opere International Jewellery school and professor at Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm took the discovery of the lingams as an opportunity to call up 122 artists, designers and jewellers from 24 countries to give shape to their personal associations concerning the lingam and to transform them into jewellery. The new publication from ARNOLDSCHE Art Publishers takes a close look at the works of Ruudt Peters, Peter Skubic, Johanna Dahm, Volker Atrops, Gijs Bakker, Ted Noten or Marcel Wanders.

The immense diversity of the results can not only be explained by the individual personality of each artist or their different cultural backgrounds; thanks to the aforementioned polarities of meaning, the jewellery oscillates between two extremes: striking innuendos on the one hand and highly abstract works with deep meaning on the other.

122 artists, including:

Volker Atrops | Gijs Bakker | Manfred Bischoff | Sara Borgegård | Helen Britton | Sigurd Bronger | Monika Brugger | Johanna Dahm | Paul Derrez | Iris Eichenberg | Christiane Förster | Warwick Freeman | Thomas Gentille | Andi Gut | Daniel Kruger | Esther Knobel | Helfried Kodré | Kadri Mälk | Nanna Melland | Evert Nijland | Ted Noten | Ruudt Peters | Peter Skubic | Graziano Visintin | Lisa Walker | Marcel Wanders | Norman Weber 



The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht, 17.1.2010—26.2.2010.
Ted Noten. Piece: Messin’ around with Willie, Henk, 2009. Bone China, blackboard paint, chalk. 2,5 x 7 x 10 cm. © Photography by Rob Versluys. Ted Noten
Piece: Messin’ around with Willie, Henk, 2009
Bone China, blackboard paint, chalk
2,5 x 7 x 10 cm
© Photography by Rob Versluys
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Johanna Schweizer. Piece: Hare, 2009. Cotton. 30 x 15 x 15 cm. © Photography by Rob Versluys. Johanna Schweizer
Piece: Hare, 2009
30 x 15 x 15 cm
© Photography by Rob Versluys
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Frédéric Braham. Object: Displayed, 2009. Lipstick, gold 22 ct (28gr), plexiglass. 36 x 24,8 x 14 cm. © Photography by Rob Versluys. Frédéric Braham
Object: Displayed, 2009
Lipstick, gold 22 ct (28gr), plexiglass
36 x 24,8 x 14 cm
© Photography by Rob Versluys
© By the author. Read Copyright.