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Assembly by Svenja John

Exhibition  /  30 Sep 2014  -  25 Oct 2014
Published: 30.09.2014
Gallery Funaki
Management:
Katie Scott
Svenja John. Necklace: Alutscha, 2013. Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate. 51x8.5x1cm (length adjustable). Detail
. Photo: Ludger Paffrath. Svenja John
Necklace: Alutscha, 2013
Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate
51x8.5x1cm (length adjustable)
Detail
Photo: Ludger Paffrath

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Gallery Funaki presents the latest exhibition of Svenja John, "Assembly". The artist is well-know since 1992 by her jewellery and objects using Makrolon™. Makrolon™, a polymer used in the production of CDs, eyewear and solar panels. In a process that combines the technologic and digital with the handmade, the result are colorful and architectonic structures, in a symbiosis of "art, technological perfection and manual work.”

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Svenja John
Gallery Funaki is pleased to welcome German artist Svenja John back to Melbourne for her latest exhibition, Assembly.

Svenja John has developed a worldwide reputation for her colourful and extraordinarily detailed jewellery and objects, using Makrolon™. Makrolon™, a polymer used in the production of CDs, eyewear and solar panels, has been Svenja’s signature material since 1992.

The making of each Svenja John piece is a painstaking process: initial ideas are sketched on paper and by constructing paper models. Next, computer aided design (CAD) refines and configures these ideas into workable objects. Every small element is precisely configured within the whole, while still on screen, after which each small element is cut using precision water-jet cutters. Svenja then colours each piece by hand, using permanent dyes in a huge range of colour palettes. The elements are then connected together to form the final object. Svenja says of her making process, “I try to create a perfect symbiosis of art, technological perfection and manual work.”

Known for its vibrancy, its robustness and its complex, architectonic structures, Svenja’s works are replete with their own logic, reminiscent of the internally driven, perfectly adapted systems of plants. Like the simplest building blocks of nature giving rise to infinite variation, Svenja’s dedicated use of Makrolon™ has allowed a sustained, rigorous investigation into form, colour, space, translucency, surface and movement over the past 20 years. Each piece naturally inspires and feeds into the next, and there is a distinct evolution and increasing complexity evident in her work.

There seems to be no end to Svenja’s ability to innovate and create new forms: “while our daily lives are becoming increasingly virtual, working with our hands means returning to what’s real. Experiencing the materials of this world with our senses… stimulates our attention and inspires our imagination; we have to improvise and combine. It is while snipping vegetables that we create something new, not while reading cookery books.” Through her label Xemaroo, Svenja also recently developed a range of products related to her jewellery but exploring new design territory: silk and cotton scarves, objects and hanging mobiles, which take her aesthetic philosophy and extend it into new areas. Gallery Funaki will show a selection of these products as part of the Assembly exhibition.

Svenja John has won the Herbert Hofmann Prize (Munich, 2004), the Bayerscher Staatspreis (Munich, 2000 and 2007) and her work is held in public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Danner Stiftung, Munich and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, New York. She has run her own atelier in Berlin since 1994.

Remarks

For more information or to obtain a digital catalogue, please contact Katie Scott:
+61 39662 9446 or by email at gallery@galleryfunaki.com.au

Gallery hours

Tuesday to Thursday 10.30am – 5.30pm
Friday 10.30am – 6pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm
Closed Sunday & Monday
Svenja John. Necklace: Yalga, 2013. Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate. Detail
. Photo: Ludger Paffrath. Svenja John
Necklace: Yalga, 2013
Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate
Detail
Photo: Ludger Paffrath

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Svenja John. Necklace: Wittenberg, 2014. Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate. 71x16x1cm. Photo: Ludger Paffrath. Svenja John
Necklace: Wittenberg, 2014
Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate
71x16x1cm
Photo: Ludger Paffrath
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Svenja John. Necklace: Kareli, 2014. Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate. 63x16x1cm (length adjustable). Photo: Ludger Paffrath. Svenja John
Necklace: Kareli, 2014
Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate
63x16x1cm (length adjustable)
Photo: Ludger Paffrath
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Svenja John. Bracelet: Sibiu, 2011. Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate. 10.5x10.5x10cm. Photo: Marion Schönenberger. Svenja John
Bracelet: Sibiu, 2011
Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate
10.5x10.5x10cm
Photo: Marion Schönenberger
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Svenja John. Bracelet: Badabag, 2011. Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate. 10x10x10.5cm. Photo: Marion Schönenberger. Svenja John
Bracelet: Badabag, 2011
Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate
10x10x10.5cm
Photo: Marion Schönenberger
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Svenja John. Bracelet: Murano, 2014. Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate. 11x11x7.5cm. Photo: Ludger Paffrath. Svenja John
Bracelet: Murano, 2014
Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate
11x11x7.5cm
Photo: Ludger Paffrath
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Svenja John. Object: Xaneroo, 2013. Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate. each sphere 10cm diameter (approx.). Mobile
. Photo: Ludger Paffrath. Svenja John
Object: Xaneroo, 2013
Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate
each sphere 10cm diameter (approx.)
Mobile
Photo: Ludger Paffrath

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Svenja John. Brooch: Untitled, 2014. Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate. 8.5x8.5x4cm. Photo: Marion Schönenberger. Svenja John
Brooch: Untitled, 2014
Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate
8.5x8.5x4cm
Photo: Marion Schönenberger
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Svenja John. Bracelet: Sibiu, 2011. Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate. 10.5x10.5x10cm. Photo: Marion Schönenberger. Svenja John
Bracelet: Sibiu, 2011
Hand-colored Makrolon™ polycarbonate
10.5x10.5x10cm
Photo: Marion Schönenberger
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