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Momentopia

Exhibition  /  24 Jan 2008  -  03 Apr 2008
Published: 17.01.2008
Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e.V. Deutsches
Jiro Kamata. Brooch: Untitled, 2007. Silver, 750 whte gold, laquer, camera lenses. Jiro Kamata
Brooch: Untitled, 2007
Silver, 750 whte gold, laquer, camera lenses
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(...) Within the framework of this exhibition, the artist is showing works created during his six-week sojourn in Hanau in the summer of 2007. (...)
With Momentopia, the German Goldsmiths’ House presents an exhibition by Jiro Kamata, the second City Goldsmith of Hanau. Born 1978 in Hirosaki, Japan, as the son of a jeweler family, Kamata received a classic education as a goldsmith at the Yamanashi Institute of Gemology and Jewelry Art. With the encouragement of his master, he decided to go to Germany in 1998, to study at the College of Design in Pforzheim. In 2000, he continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich where he was a master student under Professor Otto Künzli and graduated in 2006. Kamata has participated worldwide in exhibitions at museums and galleries where he has been shown in Tokyo, Berlin, Nijmegen, and Munich to name just a few.

Recommended by his former professor Rudolf Bott, the first City Goldsmith of Hanau, Kamata was able to satisfy the jury in 2006, and was appointed as the second City Goldsmith of Hanau. This honor includes a stipend which enables the artist to live in Hanau for six weeks while working at the Staatliche Zeichenakademie, and to present his works in an exhibition at the German Goldsmiths’ House.

Within the framework of this exhibition, the artist is showing works created during his six-week sojourn in Hanau in the summer of 2007. Nothing was left to chance for this exhibition. It was important to Kamata to develop his own, very individual concept for his presentation. Instead of utilizing conventional glass display cases, he explored the archives and storage rooms at the Goldsmiths’ House to gather inspiration. As a result, the artist decided on large, wooden cases covered with colored fabric for displaying his work. The colors – in some cases very bright – emphasize the more subdued coloration of his works.

The works presented in this exhibition originate primarily from Kamata’s passion for dismantling old photographic camera objectives into their individual parts in order to utilize the lenses for creating new jewelry – camera lenses that have perhaps already seen the whole world and countless pictures. In the utilization of materials and technical execution, the chains and pendants by this artist have advanced far ahead of “normal” jewelry. They are more like small treasures that are enlivened by technical precision and light reflections. Through the use of the camera lenses, Kamata has created jewelry which reflects the surroundings in a very special manner, thus becoming a part of their environment. The curved surfaces of the lenses are opalescent like a subtle film of oil on dark water. In unique color facets, however, they are neither harsh nor bright.

The jewelry pieces shown by Kamata in this exhibition range from elaborately worked chains and brooches of camera lenses to Tesa tape rings, as well as brooches and rings of sun-glasses lenses and pendants with an interesting play of shadows.

With his works, Jiro Kamata is well on his way to joining the premier league of internationally recognized jewelry design artists.

Jiro Kamata. Brooch: Untitled, 2007. Silver, 750 whte gold, laquer, camera lenses. Jiro Kamata
Brooch: Untitled, 2007
Silver, 750 whte gold, laquer, camera lenses
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Jiro Kamata. Brooch: Untitled, 2007. Silver, 750 whte gold, laquer, camera lenses. Jiro Kamata
Brooch: Untitled, 2007
Silver, 750 whte gold, laquer, camera lenses
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Jiro Kamata. Necklace: Untitled, 2007. Blackened silver, camera lenses. Jiro Kamata
Necklace: Untitled, 2007
Blackened silver, camera lenses
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Jiro Kamata. Necklace: Untitled, 2007. Blackened silver, laquer, camera lenses. Jiro Kamata
Necklace: Untitled, 2007
Blackened silver, laquer, camera lenses
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Jiro Kamata. Brooch: Untitled, 2007. Silver, 750 whte gold, laquer, camera lenses. Jiro Kamata
Brooch: Untitled, 2007
Silver, 750 whte gold, laquer, camera lenses
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Jiro Kamata. Necklace: Untitled, 2007. Blackened silver, laquer, camera lenses. Jiro Kamata
Necklace: Untitled, 2007
Blackened silver, laquer, camera lenses
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