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Karl Fritsch: Rings Without End

Exhibition  /  04 Nov 2011  -  23 Nov 2011
Published: 27.10.2011
Objectspace
Management:
Laura Howard
Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Gold , sapphire , peridot ,agate , rubelith. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Gold , sapphire , peridot ,agate , rubelith
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Intro
There is always a reason to make a ring. But I can also make a ring without a reason. The ring is desperate, desperate to find a finger, desperate to tell you: I love you, I am beautiful, I am rich, I am cool, I hate you, I come from Ireland or Austria, I want more, I have enough, I am married, I am funny, I am scary, stupid, important, I can't help you. I am.

Artist list

Karl Fritsch
Karl Fritsch has been primarily making rings since 1992, apart from an occasional other piece of jewellery in between. He works on dozens of rings simultaneously, moving between them, starting a new ring whenever a fresh idea appears. Fritsch likes the format, the ability to try a ring on and see it immediately as he is working on it. “It’s made with your hands and worn on your hands,” he says. “It’s so close to how it’s produced.” 

The jewellery in Rings Without End is some of Fritsch’s newest work, espousing his playful and idiosyncratic approach to his materials. Rusty steel nails embrace a garnet in one ring, while in others jewels are embedded deep within the silver or gold, at times almost engulfed, compelling us to look and look again. The audacious concept of combining the provocatively unorthodox with traditional skills associated with jewellery history, the precious with the found, is central to Fritsch’s jewellery practice. Fritsch is interested in this juxtaposition of the prized and the prosaic, complicating our notion of the ring.

Fritsch’s approach to stone setting is sculptural, exposing the act of setting and the technical work of cutting, filing and moving material. In this the setting determines the look of the ring, becoming almost more important than the stone itself.
The pieces in Rings Without End have been oxidised, obscuring both silver and gold behind a coating of soot. An array of brightly coloured stones is set within this rough and rugged terrain. More of the ring is disclosed to its wearer as it is worn; the evolution of appearance a reflection of what the ring has experienced. 

“The ring is desperate, desperate to find a finger, desperate to tell you: I love you, I am beautiful, I am rich, I am cool, I hate you, I come from Ireland or Austria, I want more, I have enough, I am married, I am funny, I am scary, stupid, important, I can´t help you. I am.” 

Laura Howard

Remarks

About the artist:
Karl Fritsch
(born in Sonthofen, Germany) studied at Goldsmiths' College in Pforzheim and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the prestigious Françoise van den Bosch Award (2006). Fritsch's work is included in public and private collections nationally and internationally; the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Art and Crafts) in Hamburg, and MOMA in New York. He now lives in Island Bay, Wellington and is represented by Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington.


Karl Fritsch will give a floor talk at Objectspace on Friday 4 November at 5.30pm. 

Gallery hours: Mon-Sat, 10:00am – 5:00pm, free admission

Contact

Laura Howard, Objectspace Programme Coordinator 

Phone: (09) 376 6216 or 027 508 4311 
laura@objectspace.org.nz
www.objectspace.org.nz
Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, gold , ruby , peridot. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, gold , ruby , peridot
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, chrysoprase, agate, rubies, sapphires. Courtesy of the Artist and Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington.. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, chrysoprase, agate, rubies, sapphires
Courtesy of the Artist and Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington.
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, gold, copper, bronze, diamonds, rubies. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, gold, copper, bronze, diamonds, rubies
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, steel, garnet. Courtesy of the Artist and Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington.. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, steel, garnet
Courtesy of the Artist and Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington.
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, lapis lazuli, rhodochrosit, citrin, beryl. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, lapis lazuli, rhodochrosit, citrin, beryl
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, amethyst, diamond, jade, moonstone, ruby, sapphire, garnet. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, amethyst, diamond, jade, moonstone, ruby, sapphire, garnet
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, moonstone, opal. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, moonstone, opal
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, garnet, rhodochrosit, jasper. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, garnet, rhodochrosit, jasper
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
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