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The Genius of Images

Exhibition  /  11 Sep 2018  -  13 Oct 2018
Published: 03.08.2018
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Intro
Organized by gallery LA Joaillerie par Mazlo and ARKETIP association, le génie des images brings together the works of contemporary art jewelers and the protean universe of artist Coco Fronsac. All of them do share a common practice of assemblage to support their essentially figurative and narrative artistic approach. In this respect, they place the use of photographs or elements borrowed from ancient imagery at the center of their experiments.

Artist list

Zoe Arnold, Anne Dinan, Coco Fronsac, Carla Garcia Durlan, Robin Kranitzky, Claire Lavendhomme, Natalia Lubienecka, Peter Machata, Jana Machatova, Iris Nieuwenburg, Kimberley Nogueira, Kim Overstreet, Barbara Paganin, Ramon Puig Cuyas, Katherine Richmond, Chiara Scarpitti, Bettina Speckner, Fatima Tocornal, Silvia Walz
The title of this exhibition refers to Camera Lucida, the last book published in 1979 by Roland Barthes and dedicated to photography. The author tries to understand if photography has a genius of its own, and what distinguishes it from the community of images.

However, this exhibition does not intend to make photography the exhaustive support of the presented narrative approaches. On the contrary, it chooses to include it in the same way as other visual representations (drawing, engraving, painting) in a broader reflection on the role of the image and its re-appropriation, at a time when it has never been so democratized, duplicated or even popularized.
By deciding to put images (and particularly figurative images) at the center of their stories (be they wearable or not), the selected artists prove that the image has lost nothing of its own genius, of its ability to tell stories.

In highlighting the works of these worthy heirs of genius collector Joseph Cornell, placed under the auspices of the surrealist André Breton, the exhibition also reminds us that the artist before being a creator, is an image-hunter. A static traveller, he/she is above all a mediator whose works have the power to connect us to another reality.

Materials included in these assemblages result from a slow process of accumulation and selection. And their use proceeds from a singular poetics which has nothing systematic. It would be wrong indeed to reduce the narrative image to a function of servile illustration.

As Jack Cunningham puts it, narrative jewelry is a wearable object that contains a commentary or message which the maker, by means of visual representation, has the overt intention to communicate to an audience through the intervention of the wearer. Nevertheless, this message stems most often from the intrinsic emotional and symbolic charge of the original material, even before it is re-contextualized.
Inspiration originates in this material and its own expressive genius thus giving life to the story which will be told by the final artwork.

German art jeweler Bettina Speckner explains about the tintypes that she uses in her compositions: I try to find out what really interests me in the images (sometimes it takes years…)
In the beginning, the shown persons seem to be, especially seen in the row, completely exchangeable. I find them on flea-markets, in old shoe boxes (…) I try to eliminate the superficiality to show the structure I consider important and beautiful. The spots on the metal, the scratches, that give a graphical component, the posture of the person (…) And I try to give back some « extraordinary » of the people shown.

Then one better understands which is the proper genius of the images used in such poetic assemblages. Here, the representation is not subordinated to the narrative. It is its initiator and inspirer. The artist then appears as the ordering agent and revealer of a mystery that it is up to us, wearers and spectators, to interpret and decipher in the light of our own experiences. The story conveyed by the narrative object is not univocal. It is deposited in each individual imaginary to deploy its magic through infinite ramifications.
 

Opening

Tuesday 11th of September from 4 pm to 7 pm.
 
Jana Machatova. Brooch: Eine Unaufmersame Schulerin, 2012. Silver, paper in laminated plastic, gold foil, pearls.. Photo by: Jana Machatova. From series: Love is Love. Jana Machatova
Brooch: Eine Unaufmersame Schulerin, 2012
Silver, paper in laminated plastic, gold foil, pearls.
Photo by: Jana Machatova
From series: Love is Love
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Zoe Arnold. Earrings: Thinking Earrings, 2012. Agate, white enamel onto silver, 18ct yellow gold. Collage onto an old photograph. Oak box with dyed MDF lid and antique photograph, embroidered and lined with felt.. 8.7 x 2.7 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Zoe Arnold. Zoe Arnold
Earrings: Thinking Earrings, 2012
Agate, white enamel onto silver, 18ct yellow gold. Collage onto an old photograph. Oak box with dyed MDF lid and antique photograph, embroidered and lined with felt.
8.7 x 2.7 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Zoe Arnold
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Iris Nieuwenburg. Brooch: Floating Time, 2015-2017. Silver 925, veneer, lacquer, photo prints, isolated elements of vintage clockwork, 22 crt plated gold.. 5.7 x 8.6 x 0.9 cm. Photo by: Roelof Pot. Iris Nieuwenburg
Brooch: Floating Time, 2015-2017
Silver 925, veneer, lacquer, photo prints, isolated elements of vintage clockwork, 22 crt plated gold.
5.7 x 8.6 x 0.9 cm
Photo by: Roelof Pot
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Chiara Scarpitti. Brooch: Anthropocene, extinct flowers and lost landscapes compositions, 2017. Silver black rhodium, black steel photo etching, printed silk, plexiglass.. Photo by: Chiara Scarpitti. Chiara Scarpitti
Brooch: Anthropocene, extinct flowers and lost landscapes compositions, 2017
Silver black rhodium, black steel photo etching, printed silk, plexiglass.
Photo by: Chiara Scarpitti
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Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2014. Photoetching in zinc, silver, gold.. 6.7 x 5.5 cm. Photo by: Bettina Speckner. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2014
Photoetching in zinc, silver, gold.
6.7 x 5.5 cm
Photo by: Bettina Speckner
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