Re-Handle by Helena Johansson Lindell
Exhibition / 27 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
- Sofia Björkman
In her work Lindell tries to embrace the materials, the methods and qualities that, from a societal perspective, are considered low class, low status, or bad taste.
Artist listHelena Johansson Lindell
Helena Johansson Lindell makes jewellery with a lowbrow attitude and predilection for things kitschy. She struggles with the hierarchical structures that we are collectively immersed in: the ideas that some things, some ways, and some people are better or worth more than others. In her work Lindell tries to embrace the materials, the methods and qualities that, from a societal perspective, are considered low class, low status, or bad taste. This is her way to try and repeal the prejudice that is a result of those hierarchies. Helena Johansson Lindell picks up materials from flea markets and second-hand shops, plastics mostly and occasionally wood - toys and kitchenware. She cuts them up and builds new shapes from them using a saw, glue, and a file.
She says: The inspiration I find is in the material itself. Plastic, for example is often vilified, looked upon as something evil in itself. An alternative would be for us, collectively, to take responsibility for how we treat plastic. Bad taste is something that motivates me.
Lindell enjoys simple and repetitive techniques, as they create space for her intuition. The artist intention is to create jewellery that affects the body before the intellect. Lust is always present, either as a method or as the shapes turn sensual or erotic. Lindell wants her work to infuse a sense of permission, that everything is allowed and without judgment.
Helena Johansson Lindell is a jewellery artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Lindell studied Jewelry at the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts & Design in Stockholm, Sweden and earned a BA in Visual Art from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, USA, Asia (Bangkok) and South America (Brazil). Recently her jewellery was a part of the Schmuck Special Show 2017 in Munich.
Con-tacto. Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión. Degree Show 202024May2021 - 21Jun2021
Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión
Mexico City, Mexico
Simply Brilliant. Artist Jewelers of the 1960s and 1970s27Mar2021 - 27Jun2021
Pforzheim Jewellery Museum
Masterpieces in Miniature. Treasures from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection05Mar2021 - 15Aug2021
DIVA. Antwerp Home of Diamonds
Invisible Thread01Feb2021 - 27Feb2021
Preziosa Young 2020 in Barcelona13Jan2021 - 03Feb2021
Like Silk12Jan2021 - 12Feb2021
HomeWork by Melanie Bilenker08Jan2021 - 11Feb2021
Lenox, United States
Fables for the Times. Presentation of Artist in Residence Program Revive in Ten25Dec2020 - 05Jan2021
MEI-BO Art Museum
Schmuckmelange. Die KunstModeDesign Herbststrasse. Degree Show 202021Dec2020 - 31Dec2020
Die KunstModeDesign Herbststrasse. Evening College JewelleryDesign
The Palace of Shattered Vessels: Light Catchers19Dec2020 - 31Mar2021
FROOTS & Nogart
See the Big from the Small19Dec2020 - 03Jan2021
The Closer Gallery
Absolutely Abstract17Dec2020 - 09Jan2021
Lee Eugean Gallery
Seoul, South Korea
Breath/Nefes15Dec2020 - 31Dec2020
WARP Tokyo-Barcelona14Dec2020 - 20Dec2020
Elixir by Petra Class12Dec2020 - 31Dec2020
Jewelers' Werk Galerie
Washington, United States