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Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies by Robert Baines

Exhibition  /  17 Jan 2018  -  03 Mar 2018
Published: 15.01.2018
Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies by Robert Baines.
Bakalar & Paine Galleries
Curator:
Patti Bleicher
Robert Baines. Bracelet: Car bracelet, 2009-2010. Silver electroplate, collected objects.. Photo by: Gary Sommerfield. Robert Baines
Bracelet: Car bracelet, 2009-2010
Silver electroplate, collected objects.
Photo by: Gary Sommerfield
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Intro
A celebration of the beautiful and whimsical works of Australia’s leading archaeometallurgist.

Artist list

Robert Baines
Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies by the goldsmith Robert Baines presents three jewelry stories projecting jewelry as material evidence of history.  It should be read with caution as his linear histories are confused by myth, riddle, puzzle and possible subversions of jewelry history.
The conundrum of ‘bogus or real’ in this fanciful jewelry history should be queried by the reader and the reward will be enhanced jewelry knowledge.
Stylistic and technical links with wondrous gold works of the past is an area of expertise of Robert Baines who as an acknowledged researcher and teacher in aesthetic and historical jewelry perspectives understands the way scientific and technical factors influence jewelry art.

Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies is often challenging and confusing to the uninformed. These finely crafted jewels from the exhibition are posed as mysteries that lead to questions of authenticity and sabotage and this may innocently be due to ‘Chinese whispers’ or fallacious examples of how design influences design and the misunderstanding that happens along the way.  Other examples of the bogus are when fakers and copiers do not have access to an accurate primary reference to follow. Consequently, they draw on their own varying imagination which is a poor substitute and we find inaccuracy ensues.

In chasing “the fantasy of artefact” Robert Baines asks fundamental questions about building fictitious jewelry and this exhibition of conspiracy will captivate everyone interested not only in creativity and craftsmanship but also in the artist’s intrigue with the enigma of jewelry as evidence of authentic history.

Programme

Artist Talk: January 19, 12:00 pm, Huntington Studio, Design and Media Center, MassArt.

Hours

Monday - Saturday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesdays 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Opening

Wednesday, January 17, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
Robert Baines. Brooch: Post War High Society circa 1950, 2010. Silver, enamel, glass, electroplate.. 75 x 75 x 75 cm. Robert Baines
Brooch: Post War High Society circa 1950, 2010
Silver, enamel, glass, electroplate.
75 x 75 x 75 cm
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Robert Baines. Brooch: Compact Disc circa 2000, 2010. Silver, glass powder coat, electroplate, compact disc.. 80 x 80 x 35 cm. Robert Baines
Brooch: Compact Disc circa 2000, 2010
Silver, glass powder coat, electroplate, compact disc.
80 x 80 x 35 cm
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Robert Baines. Brooch: Meaner than Yellow, 2008. Silver, powder coat, electroplate, paint.. 120 x 120 x 75 cm. Robert Baines
Brooch: Meaner than Yellow, 2008
Silver, powder coat, electroplate, paint.
120 x 120 x 75 cm
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Robert Baines. Object: Official History of the Compact Disc. Etruscan, circa 5th century BC, Greek, 2008. Gold. 7 x 7 x 2 cm. Robert Baines
Object: Official History of the Compact Disc. Etruscan, circa 5th century BC, Greek, 2008
Gold
7 x 7 x 2 cm
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Robert Baines. Bracelet: Armbandits Copy Iran (Gurgan), circa 11th century, 2009/2010. Silver-gilt. 9 x 9 x 11 cm. Robert Baines
Bracelet: Armbandits Copy Iran (Gurgan), circa 11th century, 2009/2010
Silver-gilt
9 x 9 x 11 cm
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Robert Baines. Brooch: Official History of the Compact Disc, Giraffe circa 1620, 2010. Silver. 3 x 3 x 3.5 cm. Robert Baines
Brooch: Official History of the Compact Disc, Giraffe circa 1620, 2010
Silver
3 x 3 x 3.5 cm
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Robert Baines. Brooch: Official History of the Compact Disc, Post War High Society circa 1950, 2010. Silver, enamel glass, powder coat.. 9.2 x 9.2 x 3.1 cm. Robert Baines
Brooch: Official History of the Compact Disc, Post War High Society circa 1950, 2010
Silver, enamel glass, powder coat.
9.2 x 9.2 x 3.1 cm
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Robert Baines. Object: Official History of the Compact Disc, circa 3rd Century Parthian, 2009. Silver-gilt.. 9.5 x 9.5 x 5 cm. Robert Baines
Object: Official History of the Compact Disc, circa 3rd Century Parthian, 2009
Silver-gilt.
9.5 x 9.5 x 5 cm
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Robert Baines. Object: Disc, circa 4th century BC Greek, 2010. Gold, enamel.. 1.9 x 1.9 x 0.4 cm. Robert Baines
Object: Disc, circa 4th century BC Greek, 2010
Gold, enamel.
1.9 x 1.9 x 0.4 cm
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