Sign of the Times

Exhibition  /  26 May 2018  -  14 Jul 2018
Published: 21.05.2018

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For their new collaboration, LA Joaillerie par Mazlo and ARKETIP association are delighted to present two "nested" exhibitions placed under the sign of Time. The group exhibition Sign of the Times is based on a double allusion.

Artist list

Paul Adie, Sung-Ho Cho, Lisa and Scott Cylinder, Arata Fuchi, Yu Hiraishi, Serena Holm, Julia Maria Künnap, Nicole Schuster, Karen Vanmol, Christel van der Laan
On the first hand, its title pays homage to the song Sign O The Times recorded in 1987 by Prince. With an unusual social tone, the author gives an uncompromising picture of a schizophrenic era. Haunted by the spectrum of AIDS, ravaged by drugs and armed attacks, the 80's are described as a period of unbridled materialism. A society able to switch without complex from the darkest perspectives to the hysteric passions raised by the conquest of the space …
More than thirty years later, in a time characterized by the triumph of social networks and witnessing the launch of Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into space, this vision has lost none of its timeliness and relevance…
On the other hand, this exhibition borrows to Max Lüscher, author of the Color Test, the idea according to which jewellery is a signal or an external sign of the personality of its bearer. This idea echoes the expression now popular and commonly adopted by the media to describe jewellery showing strong personality, the famous statement jewellery. In this perspective, has jewellery become more than ever a means to openly declare to the world who we are and what are our individual values? Can jewelry reflect its time and, at the same time, exceed the anecdotal and transcend fads?

For this exhibition, the selection of artists aims to highlight a wide diversity of approaches. This eclecticism is obvious both on the aesthetic and on the formal point of view. However, a common thread links the artists to each other. On this occasion, each one was asked to conform to a double exercise in style. They proposed existing works or crafted new works having the dimension of signs: jewels anchored in Time or witnesses of their time. Then, they associated their work to a literary reference, drawn as well from pop culture as from poetry, novel, essays, etc. to illustrate their particular conception or relationship to Time. The result is a choral exhibition, showing works as diverse as jewellery made from credit/membership cards by Sungho Cho, the HIV brooch (Hero in Vitro) of Serena Holm, the illusionist jewels of Julia Maria Künnap or the poetic flower-rings of Arata Fuchi, to name but a few.


26th of May, 2018, 5-7 pm. 
Sungho Cho. Ring: People, 2017. Clubclio membership card, outback steakhouse membership card, kyobo book club, sterling silver.. 5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm. Photo by: Sungho Cho. Sungho Cho
Ring: People, 2017
Clubclio membership card, outback steakhouse membership card, kyobo book club, sterling silver.
5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm
Photo by: Sungho Cho
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Julia Maria Künnap. Earrings: From Black to Black IV, 2018. Obsidian, rhodium plated silver.. Photo by: Julia Maria Künnap. Julia Maria Künnap
Earrings: From Black to Black IV, 2018
Obsidian, rhodium plated silver.
Photo by: Julia Maria Künnap
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Nicole Schuster. Pendant: The Pure, 2017. Silver, Acrylic. 75 x 46 x 76 cm. Photo by: Nicole Schuster. Nicole Schuster
Pendant: The Pure, 2017
Silver, Acrylic
75 x 46 x 76 cm
Photo by: Nicole Schuster
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Paul Adie. Brooch: Monument II, 2018. Steel. 7 x 16 x 5.5 cm. Photo by: Paul Adie. Paul Adie
Brooch: Monument II, 2018
7 x 16 x 5.5 cm
Photo by: Paul Adie
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