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Lisa Walker: Her Last Show Made In Munich

Exhibition  /  11 Aug 2009  -  24 Oct 2009
Published: 12.08.2009
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Intro
(...) ‘I worked with some materials from the rubbish bin in my workshop. I wouldn’t usually do this as for a material to actually reach the rubbish bin, really means it is rubbish.’ Rules exist, otherwise how could a material be judged and placed into the bin in the first place? (...)

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Lisa Walker
At the age of 35 she knew she was good

Walker’s jewellery is delightfully risky, a poetry of found objects treated with serious intent as well as playful humour.In the face of Walker’s willingness to transform pretty much anything into jewellery, I find myself scurrying to keepup. It is an exhilarating ride if you can accept the terms on which Walker bases her practice, and if you are happy to keep bumping into the limits of the preconceptions you hold about what jewellery is. One thing I have never struggled with is Walker’s commitment and sense of purpose. And I have never had a problem seeing how Walker’s jewellery remains jewellery, no matter what crazy stunts it might seem to be pulling. Unwearable, the title of her book, nicely points to her aggressive challenge to tradition on a material, conceptual and sometimes even practical level. Some of Walker’s jewellery is pretty unwearable, but the fact that we keep asking ourselves what would happen if we put it on is important. That is the connection to jewellery that Walker holds as central to her practice. The Rubbish brooches make this point well. In 2004 Walker wrote that ‘I worked with some materials from the rubbish bin in my workshop. I wouldn’t usually do this as for a material to actually reach the rubbish bin, really means it is rubbish.’ Rules exist, otherwise how could a material be judged and placed into the bin in the first place? But it is marvellously typical that Walker can’t leave limits alone, even ones she creates herself. It would be possible for rubbish to be mistaken for a Walker brooch but this is not because her jewellery is artless. It’s because found objects can sometimes take on the right qualities to become a good example of her work. There’s plenty of bite in Walker’s work. Sure, that is just a bad pun to allow me to introduce the brooch made out of a stack of plastic vampire teeth, but this is exactly the kind of object that keeps me interested in Walker’s jewellery. Conceptually it is part of Walker’s ongoing investigation of the readymade, of what can be transformed into jewellery, and what kind of intervention is required to make it happen. This is a pretty minimal recipe: just lots of teeth, simply stacked together, and fixed in place by a wire that also allows the stack to be worn. It’s simple, but the end result of a process that has been refined over a decade. But even more striking, this brooch is funny and crazy. Protruding from the wearer’s chest, this is affronting and foolish at the same time. It’s an act of agression that has no teeth, all bark and no bite. It’s funny, clearly a joke, but as a piece of jewellery it is also serious. Walker wants us to laugh, act like it doesn’t matter, but also make the ultimate commitment and put it on, take it seriously enough to wear it. This is like a joke that you don’t quite understand; if you laugh, is it at your own expense? Since I can’t determine exactly what she means, I have to keep checking my response, thinking about it, changing my mind. Which means her jewellery really does have teeth after all.

by Dr Damian Skinner

Remarks

The New Museum is located in the southern part of Nuremberg's old town within the Stadtmauer.Der Central Station is within walking distance. From the airport you can reach us by subway line 2nd In the immediate vicinity of the Neues Museum are several parking garages (Sterntor, Hauptbahnhof, Katharinenhof, Nürnberger Akademie)

Lisa Walker. Necklace: Stuffed Animal, 2009. Fabric, stuffing, thread. Lisa Walker
Necklace: Stuffed Animal, 2009
Fabric, stuffing, thread
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Lisa Walker. Necklace: Untitled, 2009. Possum fur, bronze, glue. Lisa Walker
Necklace: Untitled, 2009
Possum fur, bronze, glue
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Lisa Walker. Brooch: Untitled, 2009. Plastic, silver, lacquer. Lisa Walker
Brooch: Untitled, 2009
Plastic, silver, lacquer
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Lisa Walker. Pendant: Untitled, 2009. Acrylic paint, freshwater pearls, plastic, silk thread. Lisa Walker
Pendant: Untitled, 2009
Acrylic paint, freshwater pearls, plastic, silk thread
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Lisa Walker. Pendant: Untitled, 2009. Freshwater pearls, plastic, copper leaf, pure gold, fabric, aluminium, glue, silver, silk thread. Lisa Walker
Pendant: Untitled, 2009
Freshwater pearls, plastic, copper leaf, pure gold, fabric, aluminium, glue, silver, silk thread
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Lisa, WalkerNecklace: Playmobile, 2009Plastic, silk thread.

Lisa, Walker
Necklace: Playmobile, 2009
Plastic, silk thread

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Lisa Walker. Brooch: Untitled, 2009. Fabric, plastic, acrylic paint, silver, lacquer. Lisa Walker
Brooch: Untitled, 2009
Fabric, plastic, acrylic paint, silver, lacquer
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Lisa Walker. Pendant: Untitled, 2009. Wood, acrylic and oil paint, silk thread. Lisa Walker
Pendant: Untitled, 2009
Wood, acrylic and oil paint, silk thread
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Lisa Walker. Necklace: Untitled, 2009. Glue, freshwater pearls, plastic. Lisa Walker
Necklace: Untitled, 2009
Glue, freshwater pearls, plastic
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