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Karl Fritsch & Lisa Walker: Interesting Pieces of Jewellery

Exhibition  /  11 Jan 2012  -  12 Feb 2012
Published: 03.01.2012
Entrepot Gallery
Place
37 Hunter Street
TAS 7000 -  Hobart
AUSTRALIA
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Phone:
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Intro
Karl Fritsch & Lisa Walker presents a new exhibition for 2012 & a floor talk before the opening.

Artist list

Karl Fritsch, Lisa Walker
Lisa Walker has daringly taken another step in breaking the codes of the 'craft' by utilising prefabricated objects, altering them only slightly by drawing on their surface or attaching findings to make them wearable. A soft suede elbow patch is gathered at one end onto a safety pin and transformed into a mussel shell-like brooch. A machine embroidered jeans-patch of a longhaired terrier, stares defiantly from its new position as a contemporary badge. Comparisons may be made here with the world’s experience of Duchamp’s ready-mades- where he would purchase an item and alter it only slightly, before exhibiting it. He described these works as ready-mades aided. What has followed in the years since Duchamp first showed his ready-mades in the 1920's, is a debate over whether the act of choosing such items and re-contextualising them has any valid artistic merit. This argument misses Duchamp's point, which was to subvert high arts' claim of uniqueness and originality. Walker and Fritsch would find support in Duchamp's claim that "since the tubes of paint used by artist are manufactured and readymade products we must conclude that all the paintings in the world are ready-mades aided." When physically experiencing the work of Duchamp, one perceives something beyond just the prefabricated object. The pieces exude a certain energy, brought about by his handling of these objects and the way in which he has chosen to make his mark on them.

Karl Fritsch also manages to breathe new life into existing objects with his use of second-hand commercially manufactured jewellery. He buys pre-loved jewellery pieces that are broken and being sold for scrap and reworks them or "fixes" them until he feels happy with their new forms. Using wax he makes additions to the pieces, mending joins or filling empty settings, then melts the wax away replacing it with gold or silver using the casting process. The old is "helped" to become new. At first glance these pieces are comfortably familiar, with the main structure having been produced using a global aesthetic, but then one must look again as something wonderfully different is at play. The bland prettiness has been rudely disrupted. Out of the filigree protrudes a phallus. Over the well-finished surfaces there are blobs and dribbles. Settings ooze and joints bulge. The material seems to invade the form, taking on a life of it's own, seemingly free from it's creator's hand. Cleverly this work manages to confront two major aesthetics in the jewellery world. Firstly the banal, mass-produced aesthetic is questioned for it's lack of individuality. And secondly, jewellery which is beautifully finished and laboriously crafted is proven to be not the singular most effective way to treat these materials with integrity. Fritsch says about this work "a position is built, challenging the compulsion to design and the conventions of commercial and crafty jewellery. So as one always has to get rid of unnecessary burdens, here too, the gold overcomes these old preconceptions and demands, and gains new qualities."

Remarks

YOU ARE INVITED to the floor talk by Jewellery Artists Karl Fritsch and Lisa Walker. 

Compared by Robert Baines, the talk will precede the exhibition opening of Interesting Pieces of Jewellery. 

Wednesday 11 January 2012
Centre for the Arts, Hunter St, Hobart
Floor talk – Dechaineaux Theatre,
(Up the terracotta stairs in the Art School Forecourt)
5:30 – 6:30pm 

Exhibition – Entrepot Gallery
7pm 

rsvp by 4 January
natalie@natalieholtsbaum.com
Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 1994. Gold, citrine. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 1994
Gold, citrine
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2003. Silver, gold plated. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2003
Silver, gold plated
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 1993. Gold. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 1993
Gold
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Karl Fritsch. Pendant: Untitled, 1995. Gold. Karl Fritsch
Pendant: Untitled, 1995
Gold
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Lisa Walker. Pendant: Untited, 2002, 2007, 2011. Silver. Lisa Walker
Pendant: Untited, 2002, 2007, 2011
Silver
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Lisa Walker. Necklace: Untitled, 2011. Hand printed fabric, thread. Collaboration piece with Chicks On Speed. Lisa Walker
Necklace: Untitled, 2011
Hand printed fabric, thread
Collaboration piece with Chicks On Speed
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Lisa Walker. Piece: Untitled, 2011. Wood, lacquer, thread, veneer, fabric, thread. Lisa Walker
Piece: Untitled, 2011
Wood, lacquer, thread, veneer, fabric, thread
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Lisa Walker. Necklace: Untitled, 2011. Hand printed fabric, thread. Collaboration piece with Chicks On Speed. Lisa Walker
Necklace: Untitled, 2011
Hand printed fabric, thread
Collaboration piece with Chicks On Speed
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