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Then and Now

Exhibition  /  18 May 2007  -  23 Jun 2007
Published: 13.06.2007
Barrett Marsden Gallery
Management:
Tatjana Marsden & Juliana Barrett
Kim Buck. Brooch: String of Pearls with Gold Lock, 2003. Silver, gold. Kim Buck
Brooch: String of Pearls with Gold Lock, 2003
Silver, gold
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‘Then and Now’ identifies a current trend in the use of traditional forms and the symbolic and sentimental roles of jewellery to explore contemporary issues concerning value, memory and secrets.
‘Then and Now’ identifies a current trend in the use of traditional forms and the symbolic and sentimental roles of jewellery to explore contemporary issues concerning value, memory and secrets.

The work of Laura Potter includes a traditional christening bracelet engraved with “Bastard” and a high-street gold necklace emblazoned with "Cheap" which addresses both viewer and wearers' ideas of value and taste while Gijs Bakker recreates costume jewellery substituting paste jewels with genuine, precious ones. Rory Hooper‘s squashed gold echoes once treasured items, stored away, damaged and then rediscovered and transformed into new creations with renewed meaning.

Body Stamps by David and Azumi (A'N'D), allow the wearer to don the graphic image of a gold watch rather than the weighty item itself like a fake “fake” Rolex.

Lin Cheung‘s lockets only reveal their secrets - evocative words such as love, caress, breast, kisses - when breathed upon.

Many pieces are made of gold and precious materials, but the value is not from their intrinsic worth, but in what can be explored through looking at our relationship with these materials and pieces of jewellery, such as the locket, the cameo etc. 

Gijs Bakker. Brooch: Perticolour brooch no. 341, 2006. Various semi precious stones, glass, gold, metal, plastic. Gijs Bakker
Brooch: Perticolour brooch no. 341, 2006
Various semi precious stones, glass, gold, metal, plastic
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Lin Cheung. Pendant: Breath/e, 2006. Precious white metal. Lin Cheung
Pendant: Breath/e, 2006
Precious white metal
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2006. Gold, oxidised, carnelian. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2006
Gold, oxidised, carnelian
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Maria Militsi. Ring: Agui Lawrence ring case, 1995. Found case, gold. Maria Militsi
Ring: Agui Lawrence ring case, 1995
Found case, gold
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Eija Mustonen. Brooch: Cameo and Darkness, 2007. Cameo, bioresin, silver. Eija Mustonen
Brooch: Cameo and Darkness, 2007
Cameo, bioresin, silver
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Suzi Tibbetts. Piece: Heirlooms. Steel, copper. Suzi, TibbettsPiece: HeirloomsSteel, copper. Suzi Tibbetts
Piece: Heirlooms
Steel, copper


Suzi, Tibbetts
Piece: Heirlooms
Steel, copper

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