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Sigurd Bronger: Laboratorium Mechanum

Book  /  ArtistsArnoldsche
Published: 29.07.2011
Sigurd Bronger: Laboratorium Mechanum.
Jorunn Veiteberg
Cecilie Skeide
Paul Derrez
André Gali
Edited by:
Arnoldsche
Edited at:
Stuttgart
Technical data:
216 pages, 155 colour and 41 black-and white illustrations, hardcover, text in English, German and Norwegian, 19.5 x 28 cm
ISBN / ISSN:
978-3-89790-345-6
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Container brooches „Souvenir from Amsterdam“ 1992
. Chrome-plated steel, steel, silver, gold, lacquer, 50 x 25 mm
. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011.
Container brooches „Souvenir from Amsterdam“ 1992
Chrome-plated steel, steel, silver, gold, lacquer, 50 x 25 mm
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011

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Intro
The publication ‘SIGURD BRONGER – Laboratorium Mechanum’ provides, for the very first time, a retrospective of his work from the 1980s until the pre-sent day. Large-format illustrations and texts written by renowned authors will carry the reader off into the humorous and equally cryptic world of one of the most significant Norwegian jewellery artists today.
Jewellery between engineering art and brainteaser –
Sigurd Bronger’s Laboratorium Mechanum
 

Propeller, safety pin, balloon, wind-up key and measuring device: these five unusual objects rewrite the world of the Norwegian ‘jewellery engineer’ Sigurd Bronger. His fascination for machines and instruments carries over into humorously produced jewellery pieces, and transforms natural materials and everyday items into meticulously executed and refined designs. In his ‘Laboratorium Mechanum’ amusing ‘wearable devices’ evolve, which serve to help the artist find new forms of expression at the interface of jewellery, art, design and engineering: brooches, pendants and rings with balloons, sponges, eggs, medical instruments or even his own mother’s gallstones. 

Early on Sigurd Bronger broke away from the conservative notion of traditional goldsmithing and experimented with form and materials. Jewellery is, for him, a means of communication in which new concepts relating to body, beauty, and decoration are able to be presented and put to the test. The unconventional pieces are seen more as free works rather than pieces of jewellery. Thanks partly to the absurd use of everyday objects he stands in the tradition of ready-mades as much as he does in that of Surrealism. Pop art and Conceptual art have also left their traces in Bronger’s jewellery work. And through his use of red and yellow he is frequently associated with the Dutch group De Stijl. 

The questions that Sigurd Bronger casts in his work refer to function and utility, decoration and beauty, or design and art. Does the beautiful really have to be useless, and the practical aesthetically uninteresting? Do the pat-terns that have been developed for a particular use not also have their own artistic allure? In a playfully humorous way Bronger’s ‘answers’ communicate, reflect, question and examine the concept that is ‘jewellery’.

With contributions by
Jorunn Veiteberg: Professor at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Bergen
Cecilie Skeide: Curator at the Lillehammer Art Museum, Lillehammer
Paul Derrez: Director of Galerie Ra, Amsterdam
André Gali: Chief Editor of KUNSTforum, Oslo
 
Red ring 1994 
. Hard foam, silver, lacquer, 40 x 20 mm 
. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway 
. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011.
Red ring 1994
Hard foam, silver, lacquer, 40 x 20 mm
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011

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Brooch/Pendant “No More Fear of Flying” 1995 
. Hard foam, silver, 18 ct gold, micro motor, 60 x 50 x 110 mm 
. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway 
. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011.
Brooch/Pendant “No More Fear of Flying” 1995
Hard foam, silver, 18 ct gold, micro motor, 60 x 50 x 110 mm
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011

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“Sound brooch” 2001 
. Chrome-plated brass, steel, rubber, 170 x 25 x 50 mm 
. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011.
“Sound brooch” 2001
Chrome-plated brass, steel, rubber, 170 x 25 x 50 mm
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011

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“Balloon Brooch” 2001 
. Chromed, brass, steel, rubber, balloon, 150 x 51 x 240 mm (balloon size) 
. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011.
“Balloon Brooch” 2001
Chromed, brass, steel, rubber, balloon, 150 x 51 x 240 mm (balloon size)
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011

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“Camay Necklace” 2005 
. Chrome-plated silver, cotton cord, soap, 40 x 37 x 12 mm 
. Box: beechwood, 70 x 110 x 35 mm 
. National Museum of Decorative Art, Trondheim, Norway 
. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011.
“Camay Necklace” 2005
Chrome-plated silver, cotton cord, soap, 40 x 37 x 12 mm
Box: beechwood, 70 x 110 x 35 mm
National Museum of Decorative Art, Trondheim, Norway
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011

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Brooch “Wearable Device for Gallstones” 1998 
. Gold-plated brass, steel, gallstones, 80 x 20 x 20 mm 
. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Schweden 
. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011.
Brooch “Wearable Device for Gallstones” 1998
Gold-plated brass, steel, gallstones, 80 x 20 x 20 mm
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Schweden
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011

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Bracelet “Handshake Measuring Device” 2001 
. Gold-plated brass, mixed media, leather, diam. 38 mm 
. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011.
Bracelet “Handshake Measuring Device” 2001
Gold-plated brass, mixed media, leather, diam. 38 mm
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011

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“Goose Egg Ring” 1997 
. Steel, silver, goose egg, 130 x 50 mm 
. West Norway Museum of Applied Art, Bergen, Norway 
. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011.
“Goose Egg Ring” 1997
Steel, silver, goose egg, 130 x 50 mm
West Norway Museum of Applied Art, Bergen, Norway
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011

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“Diamond Necklace” 2007 
. Diamond fluid (1 ct), plastic dispenser, rubber cord, 80 x 25 mm 
. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011.
“Diamond Necklace” 2007
Diamond fluid (1 ct), plastic dispenser, rubber cord, 80 x 25 mm
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2011

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