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Show Us Your 'Rona

Exhibition  /  11 Nov 2020  -  05 Dec 2020
Published: 13.11.2020
Show Us Your 'Rona.
Bridget Kennedy Project Space
Curator:
Anna Gray, Laila Marie Costa, Claire Vaganiance
Management:
Bridget Kennedy
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Intro
What a sh**show of a year. Lockdown, lockjaw, social distancing, virtuality, so many screens and a nebulous continuum of time without movement. For some of us, anyway. In the midst of all of this, TempContemp was planning an exhibition with a different theme, all ready to shout out to the world. TempContemp and Bridget Kennedy Project Space present the pandemic works, thoughts, and experiences of 34 contemporary jewelers.

Artist list

Mando Bee, Macarena Bernal, Grae Burnished, Anna Butwell, Laila Costa, Amanda Croatto, Adele Daniele, Elisabeth Drude, Mariel Elizondo, May Gañán, Nicola Hardy, Patrícia Harsány, Helen Clara Hemsley, Courtney Hogan, Jin Ah Jo, Kirsten Junor, Marilena Karagkiozi, Qiang Li, Cecilia Lopez Bravo, Paula Mahoney, Viktoria Münzker Ferus, Anca Nicolaescu, Constantinos Papadoukas, Anna Paparella, Katia Rabey, Sarah Read, Tamara Russell, Michelle Stewart, Anneleen Swillen, Caroline Thomas, Claire Vaganiance, Vivienne Varay, Daniel von Weinberger
We were finding our feet as the new, ‘mobile’ TC project, and had been wholeheartedly welcomed to crash at Bridget Kennedy’s Project Space in Sydney… Then the world changed and things shifted… our theme seemed less vital in the current of uncertainty. So we got together on Zoom, as teams do these days, and we wondered what contemporary jewelry, schmuck, bijouterie, joya, etc, means to makers and audiences in social isolation? And so we asked:

Show us your ‘Rona? What have you done or not done? Show us a poem or a picture or a film. Show us your heart journal entry, that time you lost your shit on Instagram, the garden you grew? Show us your jewelry plans, ideas, experiments, failures, successes? Show us the playlist that got you through. Show us what it means to you to be a jeweler when the world is in lockdown. And what do you think happens next?

Jewelers, like other artists, see details: a combined visual and social observation of small things and symbols that can form meaning and experience. It is the intended site, on the body, that (arguably) identifies ‘jewelry’. The act of making and wearing these objects is symbolic, rebellious, thoughtful: commentary and introspection. So what is jewelry without bodies and in isolation? It can become a process, therapy, repetition, memory, the distillation of thought into form, fear, or hope – or it dries up altogether and there is no jewelry: only the jeweler without vocation.

So many responded from around the globe. So many stories. So many objects: ‘coronas’ reinterpreted, lockdown martinis, memento mori, obsessions, autobiography, and political statement. With postal services interrupted and bodies banned - we couldn’t have objects. So, as is fitting in the new world of Zoom and distance – we see and share these stories of making and experience digitally and through image alone.

Come, see our ‘Rona’s projected in the window at Bridget Kennedy Project Space, North Sydney; online at TempContemp; and via Instagram.

Opening:
Live Zoom, Saturday, 14 Nov, 8 am.
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Opening Hours:
Wednesdays to Fridays, 11 am - 5 pm.
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm.
By appointment.
Anna Butwell. Ring: First, Golden Hour, Bling, 2020. Sand cast and hand stamped sterling silver, 23k Keum Boo foil, and cast in place cubic zirconia stones.. 0.7 x 2.2 x 2.6 cm. Anna Butwell
Ring: First, Golden Hour, Bling, 2020
Sand cast and hand stamped sterling silver, 23k Keum Boo foil, and cast in place cubic zirconia stones.
0.7 x 2.2 x 2.6 cm
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Patrícia Harsány. Brooch: Sugar, 2020. Lump sugar, safety pin, paper clips.. 1 x 1 x 1 cm. Patrícia Harsány
Brooch: Sugar, 2020
Lump sugar, safety pin, paper clips.
1 x 1 x 1 cm
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Sarah Read. Object: It’s OK We Got This, 2020. Takeaway delivery bags.. 36 x 25 x 14 cm. Sarah Read
Object: It’s OK We Got This, 2020
Takeaway delivery bags.
36 x 25 x 14 cm
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Anneleen Swillen. Photograph: All That Glitters, 2020. Still from a short smartphone video.. Anneleen Swillen
Photograph: All That Glitters, 2020
Still from a short smartphone video.
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Caroline Thomas. Brooch: Transfers 1 & 2, 2020. Paper fasteners, pewter, fencing wire, car paint, gold metallic dust.. 11 x 9 x 2 cm. Caroline Thomas
Brooch: Transfers 1 & 2, 2020
Paper fasteners, pewter, fencing wire, car paint, gold metallic dust.
11 x 9 x 2 cm
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Paula Mahoney. Photograph: In Light of Nefertiti, 2020. Archival pigment print.. 40 x 60 cm. Paula Mahoney
Photograph: In Light of Nefertiti, 2020
Archival pigment print.
40 x 60 cm
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Daniel Von Weinberger. Set: La Reine Rona, 2020. Headpiece: paper, felt, steel wire, plastic. Neckpiece: paper.. Headpiece: 100 x 100 x 20 cm; Neckpiece: 90 x 90 x 10 cm. Daniel Von Weinberger
Set: La Reine Rona, 2020
Headpiece: paper, felt, steel wire, plastic. Neckpiece: paper.
Headpiece: 100 x 100 x 20 cm; Neckpiece: 90 x 90 x 10 cm
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