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Jewellery by Peter Skubic

Exhibition  /  26 Jun 2004  -  05 Sep 2004
Published: 08.05.2006
Peter Skubic. Brooch: n.t.. steel | gold | paint. Peter Skubic
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steel | gold | paint
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Peter Skubic
Peter Skubic was one among the artistic avant garde who, in the second half of the twentieth century, tried to liberate jewellery from its label of ‘applied-arts’. In addition to small wearable pieces, his work comprised conceptual projects and large-scale steel sculptures: ‘Ob etwas Kunst ist, hängt ab von der Qualität und nicht von dem Medium’ (Whether something is art, depends on the quality, not on the medium).
From the opening of the gallery in 1986, Galerie Louise Smit has presented Skubic’s work. The current exhibition containing his most recent pieces, at once testifies to the scope of jewellery as an artistic medium, and places the work of younger artists on show in the gallery in perspective.
Skubic’s playful and occasionally provocative ideas often take shape in remarkably technical form: made from stainless steel, the separate parts are connected by infinitesimally small tension-wires, magnets, or springs. Traction often serves to forge the elements into one piece. Tension and balance form significant opposite forces in Skubic’s work. He makes all the jewellery himself; no one has as yet mastered the skill of forcing such stubborn materials into the required shapes.
In the new show, the parts of one piece are held together by a little knot in steel wire. This apparently simple device produces a surprisingly complex image: small sheets of steel plate provide a strong contrast with the casual play of irregularly protruding wires.
The steel has been finished in a high polish, at intervals enhanced by colour or goldleaf appearing from behind: with the resulting reflections, the artist lures the spectator into his infinite, kaleidoscopic labyrinth.


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Peter Skubic. Brooch: n.t.. steel | gold | paint. Peter Skubic
Brooch: n.t.
steel | gold | paint
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Peter Skubic. Brooch: n.t.. steel | gold | paint. Peter Skubic
Brooch: n.t.
steel | gold | paint
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Peter Skubic. Brooch: n.t.. steel | gold | glass | paint. Peter Skubic
Brooch: n.t.
steel | gold | glass | paint
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