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Ich lieb' dich nur aus Narretei ('I love you only in folly')

Exhibition  /  29 May 2011  -  19 Jun 2011
Published: 26.05.2011
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Intro
(...) The jewellery of Gésine Hackenberg, Mirjam Hiller and Constanze Schreiber, three young female jewellers from Germany and the Netherlands, is highly individual but some similarities can be noticed. Most of their work is created with seemingly ‘low-tech’, human, and understandable constructions. Also their interest in the man-made, and the every day is a similarity – although each of them has different themes and narratives. (...)
The exhibition ‘Ich lieb dich nur aus Narretei’ (‘I love you only in folly’) shows typical examples of what today is sometimes called author jewellery, a kind of jewellery that is the result of an independent art practice. It bears the artistic signature of an artist, who dedicates her life passionately to creating these intimate wearable objects. The title of the exhibition comes from an old German folk song, collected in The Youth’s Magic Horn (1808), and tells about the foolishness of passion. 

The jewellery of Gésine Hackenberg, Mirjam Hiller and Constanze Schreiber, three young female jewellers from Germany and the Netherlands, is highly individual but some similarities can be noticed. Most of their work is created with seemingly ‘low-tech’, human, and understandable constructions. Also their interest in the man-made, and the every day is a similarity – although each of them has different themes and narratives.

Mirjam Hiller’s brooches are playful and powerful ornaments that withdraw from common decorative connotations. They stand midway between floral and constructional, between living forms and built ones. The pieces are cut and folded in three dimensions from drawings on steel sheet material. The resulting jewellery has bright powder coated colours, which provide each piece a distinct character. The prints of cut out shapes and can be observed as separate graphic art works, their intricate and mysterious patterns raise many questions. The paper ‘peelings’ are reflections that are made after cutting the metal shapes. It shows her fascination for every phase in the working process. 

Gésine Hackenberg knows how to find poetry in the every day. Inspired by 17th century still-life pictures, she makes contemporary still lives that are wearable on the body. The brooches are cut out of industrial glass or vintage glass from famous Finnish and Dutch designers, or they are carved out of semi-precious stone. Besides this she created different three-dimensional collections of silver fruits and vegetables called ‘Pieces de Milieu’. These are conversation pieces, or jewellery for the table. She used the technique of electroforming to grow different parts of the fruits and vegetables together, resulting in delicate rims and wild growings. There is a remembrance of the act of peeling but there is also an impression of over-ripeness and exuberance. 

Harnesses of horses inspire Constanze Schreiber in her new work. The harness is the connection between human and animal, it is a communication tool that enables us to handle a horse. Now Constanze has decided to make harnesses for everyday objects. Worn on the body these delicate and exquisite structures, cut out of silver or copper sheet and connected with refined loops and tabs, will only vaguely remind one of the structures they were actually made for: a teapot, a dustpan or a drilling machine. They offer playful body pieces that are halfway tool, halfway ornament. 

The jewellery and other objects in this exhibition are the result of a dedicated process of creating. Many hours, days, weeks and months are spent to achieve the right expression, the best colour, and the most interesting adaptation to the body. People who wear these pieces know that they attract attention. The fullness of expression, not the preciousness or exquisiteness of the used materials, radiates on the wearer. For them it is a love affair as well. 

Remarks

opening: Sunday 29th of May, at 11 am

Opening times Fri 16-18 h, Sat / Sun 12-16 h
and gladly by appointment

This exhibition partly has been made possible by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.
Constanze Schreiber. Necklace: Bridle for toom drilling machine, 2011. Silver partly etched. Constanze Schreiber
Necklace: Bridle for toom drilling machine, 2011
Silver partly etched
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Constanze Schreiber. Necklace: Bridle for toom drilling machine, 2011. Silver partly etched. Constanze Schreiber
Necklace: Bridle for toom drilling machine, 2011
Silver partly etched
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Constanze Schreiber. Necklace: Bridle for toom drilling machine, 2011. Silver partly etched. Constanze Schreiber
Necklace: Bridle for toom drilling machine, 2011
Silver partly etched
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Gésine Hackenberg. Object: Pièces de Milieu II-Vegetables, 2010. Silver. Gésine Hackenberg
Object: Pièces de Milieu II-Vegetables, 2010
Silver
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Gésine Hackenberg. Brooch: Kitchen Glass, 2009. Glass, ruthenium plated nickel silver. Gésine Hackenberg
Brooch: Kitchen Glass, 2009
Glass, ruthenium plated nickel silver
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Gésine Hackenberg. Brooch: Purple and Blue/Green Still Life, 2010. Glass, silver. Gésine Hackenberg
Brooch: Purple and Blue/Green Still Life, 2010
Glass, silver
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Mirjam Hiller. Brooch: Phytemas, 2011. Stainless steel, powder coated. 15 x 10 x 4 cm. Mirjam Hiller
Brooch: Phytemas, 2011
Stainless steel, powder coated
15 x 10 x 4 cm
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Mirjam Hiller. Brooch: Sydalia, 2011. Stainless steel, powder coated. 16 x 10 x 4 cm. Mirjam Hiller
Brooch: Sydalia, 2011
Stainless steel, powder coated
16 x 10 x 4 cm
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Mirjam Hiller. Brooch: Bovenas, 2011. Stainless steel, powder coated. 8 x 8 x 4 cm. Mirjam Hiller
Brooch: Bovenas, 2011
Stainless steel, powder coated
8 x 8 x 4 cm
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