Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2005
Award / 29 Apr 2005 - 05 Jun 2005
The Gallery of Art in Legnica
- Director Zbigniew Kraska
Today, in the postmodern era, it seems impossible to be avant-garde and increasingly difficult to attain originality. In this situation the need to re-assess and re-interpret stereotypes conditioned by tradition provides a crucial framework of reference. Formulated on the grounds of philosophy, deconstruction has inspired many artists and the method of re-design has become a legitimate approach to designing everyday objects. Also the jeweller faces the inevitable confrontation between his or her autonomy and originality on the one hand and the deliberate or subconscious use of quotations from a more or less distant past on the other. The quick-changing world of today affects the continuous transformation of associations, contexts, symbols, and images. Thus, "art on the ruins of the museum" is perhaps the only viable option, altering the time-honoured concept of originality by shifting the emphasis towards the individual processing and re-cycling of the well-established and familiar. The approach consisting in giving new contexts to established meanings is a challenge to the traditional ideal of integrity and unity of the work of art treated as an object of passive contemplation. It is also a remedy against the "lazy consumer syndrome", encouraging the viewer to experience the work actively not only on an aesthetic but also intellectual level. Thus, art can liberate us from the misconceived belief in the fixed nature of phenomena. The topic of the present edition, DECONSTRUCTION - RECONSTRUCTION, calls for insightful reflection on the tradition of jewellery, history of art and world history in order to present an individual statement reaching forward to the future. Assuming that a piece of jewellery - as any work of art - is an instrument of communication, the role of the artist conscious of his or her aims is to pose fundamental questions without resorting to a moralistic language overused by politicians or usurping for oneself a license for giving "the only right answers". Thus, let's try to provoke a discussion on universal topics on the basis of historical experience:
To what degree should we approve of or reject traditional concepts and canons?
What is originality today?
Does it make any sense at all to strive for originality?
14th International Silverart Competition Deconstruction - Reconstruction
The Gallery of Art in Legnica
59-220 Legnica, pl. Katedralny 1
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Director: Zbigniew Kraska
Curator: Dariusz Kawczynski
Chief Consultant: Slawomir Fijalkowski
Honoray Patronage Minister of Culture of the Republic of Poland
Marshall of the Province of Lower Silesia
Mayor of the City of Legnica
President of KGHM Polska Miedz SA
Association of Jewellery Artists (STFZ)
Date and Place of the Exhibition
29 April - 5 June 2005
The opening ceremony: 14 May 2005, 6.30 p.m.
Exhibition space: The Gallery of Art in Legnica, Plac Katedralny 1
The Organizers plan to present the exhibition in Poznan, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Kraków, Warszawa and other cities in Poland and abroad.
ConditionsAim, Task and Material
The aim of the exhibition is to present the most interesting accomplishments of contemporary jewellery art. The submitted works should be jewellery in the broad sense of the term, display creativity as well as high standards of design and execution. The Organizers set no restrictions as to the materials and techniques employed but to honour the competition's 25-year-long tradition, the inclusion of silver in the work is expected.
Conditions and Terms of Participation
1. The competition is open to all artists from Poland and abroad.
2. There are no restrictions as to the number of works submitted by a participant, provided that:
- the copyright is with the artist,
- the works are submitted under the artist's name,
- all the works submitted by the artist can be contained within a case measuring 40 x 40 x 35 cm (by the Organizer's earlier permission, the arrangements can be made to accept objects of dimensions exceeding those specified above).
3. The artist declaring his or her participation in the competition is obliged to:
- submit the objects, accompanied by a properly filled-in invoice and application form, sent or otherwise delivered (at the artist's own expense) to the
Gallery by the deadline of 1 April 2005 (the deadline concerns the actual arrival of the work, not the postmark)
- send the submitted works in an appropriate and secure packaging that will protect the objects from damage and can be re-used for returning them to the artist.
4. The packages will be opened by a commission.
5. Every participant will make a payment of EUR 30 by 5 May 2005. Payable to the account of the Gallery of Art in Legnica: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. Oddzial w Legnicy, Legnica ul. Gwarna 4, Account No. KOD SWIFT: WBKPPLPPXXX, IBAN: PL 75-1090-2066-0000-0005-4200-0399
6. The works not qualified for the exhibition will be returned at the artist's expense by 30 June 2005 according to the instructions provided by the artist on the application form.
1. The following persons will sit on the jury: Otto Künzli (Germany), Vratislav Karel Novák (Czech Republic), Bernhard Schobinger (Switzerland), Slawomir Fijalkowski (Poland), Joachim Sokólski (Poland), Andrzej Szadkowski (Poland).
2. The Jury will meet on 5-6 April 2005.
3. The artist`s interpretation of the theme of the competition will be the basic criterion for the Jury to qualify works for the exhibition and award prizes. The submitted work may be accompanied by a commentary (one sentence) which will be included in the catalogue.
4. The Jury's decisions are final and cannot be challenged in the court of law.
5. The participants will be informed of the Jury's decision in writing through 23 April 2005. The protocol of the Jury?s session will be made accessible on the Art Gallery's site: www.galeria.legnica.pl.
Awards and Prizes in the Competence of the Jury
I. Grand Prix of the Minister of Culture 7000 PLN
Award of KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. 5 kg of silver
II. Award of the Marshall of the Province of Lower Silesia 4000 PLN
Award of the KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. 3 kg of silver
III. Award of the Mayor of the City of Legnica 2000 PLN
Award of the KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. 2 kg of silver
IV. Award of the Gallery of Art in Legnica Statuette "Marek" + 1 kg of silver
V. The Organizers` Special Award for creative courage and uncompromising attitude "Silver Spur"
1. The Jury reserves the right to distribute the prizes in a manner different than specified above.
2. It has become the competition's tradition that the winners of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize donate the prize-winning work (one work) to the Organizer - the Gallery of Art in Legnica - to augment its International Collection of Contemporary Art Jewellery.
3. The award's ceremony will take place during the exhibition's opening on 14 May 2005.
Prizes beyond the competence of the jury
Award of the Association of Jewellery Artists 1 kg of silver + 1 kg of Striped Flint
Award of the Fahrenheit Association "Big Hammer"
In this category the choice of the prize-winner is made by the founders of the award or upon their permission by the Jury.
1. The exhibition will be accompanied by an invitation, poster and a catalogue presenting works of all artists featured at the exhibition
2. Every artist whose works are featured at the exhibition will receive one copy of the catalogue and one poster free of charge.
3. During the opening of the exhibition on 14 May 2005 the exhibition catalogue may be purchased at 30% less with the minimum purchase of 3 copies.
4. The catalogue will also be available via mail-order at 50% of the retail price with the minimum purchase of three copies. The offer is valid through 30 June 2005.
5. The Organizers reserve the right to publish reproductions of works free of charge in publications of the Gallery of Art, press, television and other forms of visual documentation for promotional purposes.
1. The juried exhibition will be accompanied by a presentation of works by the Jurors.
2. The Organizers are liable for submitted works from the time of receiving them until they are returned to the artist in person at the Gallery or dispatched via mail or shipping company.
3. In the case of any damage to the object while in the Organizer's care or during the exhibition, the Organizers will cover the cost of its restoration.
4. Since the exhibition is to travel to other cities, works selected for the exhibition will remain at the Organizers disposal through June 2006. Then they will be returned at the participant's expense.
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