Emerge by Jiro Kamata

Exhibition  /  19 Mar 2017  -  29 Apr 2017
Published: 16.03.2017
Jiro Kamata. Brooch: Ghost, 2016. Optical first surface mirror, quartz coating mirror, blackened silver.. Alternative view.Wall piece and brooch.. Jiro Kamata
Brooch: Ghost, 2016
Optical first surface mirror, quartz coating mirror, blackened silver.

Alternative view.
Wall piece and brooch.

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This summer, Jiro Kamata traveled for the first time to Thailand. He visited many Buddhist temples and most of them are often traditionally decorated with small mirrors, which break the image and thus reflect an abstract form. For a long time the mirror is a symbol of mystery.

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Jiro Kamata
Ancient peoples believed in another world, an invisible world that goes beyond what can be observed in the mirror. Jiro Kamata's latest work Ghost is constructed with two-way mirrors, made of reinforced glass and a coating of aluminum and quartz. The work is presented on a wall mirror normal size. Take an ordinary mirror look in this mirror, it looks at first sight out.
Then you notice that your face reflects a minimal distortion. This surprise element is that you can not immediately tell what is going on.   You are challenged to get to work and so you realize that it consists of two parts, a mirror and an object ornament.
Each work is unique, handmade and part of Jiro Kamata's latest collection. 'Ghost' is a surprising work that does not show immediately but you can feel and wear.

Light and reflection are always an important topic for my work which has very strong relationship with jewellery.

Bl, brooches and pendants
These pieces are made using dichroic mirror, which reflects two different colours. This material is used in optical applications and architecture. I was fascinated by its unusual colour reflections and knew immediately that I wanted to make jewellery with it. It is not only about the two colours but also about the openness of perception.

Palette, brooches
Wearing one, you see strong, colourful shadows on the white corian base. The shape of the shadow changes depending on the light direction; where it comes from or where you are. For me the light is a living thing. It is moving everywhere, getting stronger or weaker, changing colour.

Flare, brooches and necklaces
These are pieces of jewellery about the sun.
It is a strong memory in my mind seeing the incredible sunrise at Atacama desert in Chile. At this moment I understood clearly why the ancients saw sun and gold as one and the same. Flare is the explosion of sun´s surface but at the same time flare means also reflection of the light, which happens inside of a camera lens.

Ghost, mirrors - brooches / objects
When in Thailand I was visiting many Buddhist temples and most of the temples have traditional golden decoration with small mirrors, which it refracts but makes a shape abstract. Since early times the mirror was mysterious for a human. Therefore ancient people believed that there is another world beyond the mirror, which is invisible.
The new body of work „Ghost“ is made from two-way mirrors, made from tempered float glass, with aluminum and quartz coating.
It is placed directly on the wall mirror, which has a typical size for the bathroom that you see your face in every morning.
If you stand in front of the mirror it looks like a usual but in the next moment you realize that there is something wrong. You see your face but it has a minimal distortion there. You can’t really see what it is but if you touch it and take it off then you will find an object and it is a piece of jewellery

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Jiro Kamata. Brooch: GHOST Brooch #5, 2017. Mirror, quartz coating, silver.. Jiro Kamata
Brooch: GHOST Brooch #5, 2017
Mirror, quartz coating, silver.
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Jiro Kamata. Brooch: FLARE Brooches, 2016. Reconstructed black marble, 18 K gold.. Jiro Kamata
Brooch: FLARE Brooches, 2016
Reconstructed black marble, 18 K gold.
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Jiro Kamata. Pendant: BI, 2013. Dichroic mirror, silver, nylon string. each: 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 cm. Photo by: Jiro Kamata. Jiro Kamata
Pendant: BI, 2013
Dichroic mirror, silver, nylon string
each: 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 cm
Photo by: Jiro Kamata
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Jiro Kamata. Brooch: BI, 2014. Dichroic mirror, foil, silver. 5.5 x 5.5 x 1.6 cm. Photo by: Jiro Kamata. Jiro Kamata
Brooch: BI, 2014
Dichroic mirror, foil, silver
5.5 x 5.5 x 1.6 cm
Photo by: Jiro Kamata
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