Gallery Funaki Winners 2008

Award  /  03 Jun 2008  -  28 Jun 2008
Published: 25.06.2008
Otto Künzli. Neckpiece: Spindle, 2008. Stainless steel. Otto Künzli
Neckpiece: Spindle, 2008
Stainless steel
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Gallery Funaki is pleased to present the finalists of our second international jewellery award, ‘Transformation’, organized in collaboration with Leo and Vivienne Donati.
In naming this year’s award, we aimed to find jewellery that engaged with the notion of transformation. This engagement could manifest in any number of ways. It could happen via a process which physically transforms materials from one state or one dimension to another. It could be through the presentation of a familiar material in a new and unexpected way, challenging our expectations of it. A common form or motif could be transformed into something surprising or intriguing. Or the approach could be conceptual, whereby the poetic, intellectual or philosophical associations of the word transformation are explored. In selecting the work for this exhibition, we found all these interpretations and more.

We are pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s award is Otto Künzli with his neckpiece, Spindle.

We thank all those who sent applications for this exhibition. The final 19 entrants were chosen from 250 entries which were received from 36 countries. 


‘Spindle’ by Otto Künzli

I showed this solid stainless steel pendant to several people and asked them about their interpretations and associations. Here a collection of images and feelings they came up with:

Leaf, fruit, capsule, pot, spindle, eye, dangerous, arrow, spearhead, pointing bone (as used by the shaman of some tribes to point at a person who is considered guilty, a gesture equally to a death penalty!), bullet, rocket, bomb, weapon, male, phallus, wound, fertility symbol, female, vulva, pain, blood, beautiful, elegance, dynamic, streamline, strong, powerful, vulnerable, aggressive, defensive, heavy, sharp.

What intrigues me the most is the ambivalence between feminine and masculine, between the round, rich and positive and the deadly sharp pointed ends. Wearing this piece I feel calm and safe and protected. But within no time the situation may turn into a kind of a bloody nightmare.

O Künzli
3 June 2008 

Body Politics. Brooch: Magma, 2008. Gold, rock crystal, polyester. Body Politics
Brooch: Magma, 2008
Gold, rock crystal, polyester
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Alexander Blank. Brooch: Blank shields, 2008. Acrylic, steel. Alexander Blank
Brooch: Blank shields, 2008
Acrylic, steel
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David Bielander. Brooch: Dung beetle, 2008. Steel teaspoon, gold pin. David Bielander
Brooch: Dung beetle, 2008
Steel teaspoon, gold pin
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Isabell Schaupp. Brooch: On reception, 2008. copper, photo transfer, enamel, silver, textiles. Isabell Schaupp
Brooch: On reception, 2008
copper, photo transfer, enamel, silver, textiles
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Jantje Fleischhut. Brooch: Here and there, 2008. Silver, plastic, rubber, wood, crystal. Jantje Fleischhut
Brooch: Here and there, 2008
Silver, plastic, rubber, wood, crystal
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Karin Seufert. Brooch: n.T., 2008. PVC, artificial leather, onyx. Karin Seufert
Brooch: n.T., 2008
PVC, artificial leather, onyx
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Kiko Gianocca. Neckpiece: What goes around comes around, 2008. Found balls, wool. Kiko Gianocca
Neckpiece: What goes around comes around, 2008
Found balls, wool
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Mirjan Hiller. Brooch: Untitled, 2008. Copper, steel, paper, silver. Mirjan Hiller
Brooch: Untitled, 2008
Copper, steel, paper, silver
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Lucy Hearn. Brooch: White brooch orange, 2008. Copper, enamel, plastic, stag silver. Lucy Hearn
Brooch: White brooch orange, 2008
Copper, enamel, plastic, stag silver
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Mirei Takeuchi. Neckpiece: Untitled, 2008. Plastic. Mirei Takeuchi
Neckpiece: Untitled, 2008
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