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Tobias Alm: Traces of function

Exhibition  /  21 Jan 2012  -  26 Feb 2012
Published: 17.01.2012
Galerie Rob Koudijs
Management:
Rob Koudijs
Tobias Alm. Brooch: Traces of Function no 5, 2011. Wood, wood fiber board, cotton, brass, steel. Tobias Alm
Brooch: Traces of Function no 5, 2011
Wood, wood fiber board, cotton, brass, steel
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(...) What happens when you look at something? What if its function is not instantly clear, when purpose and beauty seem to be rivals? There might come a moment when you decide that the object is a piece of jewellery. (...)

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Tobias Alm
Tools and utensils usually don’t need instructions or a manual. Their handling becomes second nature. Often a location for the hand is recognizable, the logic of buttons and handles is unmistakable. Tobias Alm was attracted to venture into the field of this sort of, often implicit, visual language. He was keen to see when doubt might set in, when the obvious would give way to uncertainty.

Alm makes necklaces and brooches with shapes that are suggestive, but elucidate little. Using unconventional combinations, connections and materials he willfully makes ambiguous images. The conception is no longer guided by functional demands, but relies solely on the fascinations of the artist. In an intriguing way the jewellery balances between being a sculptural object and a commodity. It is fitting for the theme of this collection: for what happens when you look at something? What if its function is not instantly clear, when purpose and beauty seem to be rivals? There might come a moment when you decide that the object is a piece of jewellery.

Ward Schrijver
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Tobias Alm. Necklace: Traces of Function no 10, 2011. Wood, wood fiber board, cotton. Tobias Alm
Necklace: Traces of Function no 10, 2011
Wood, wood fiber board, cotton
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Tobias Alm. Brooch: Traces of Function no 9, 2011. Wood, wood fiber board, cotton, brass, steel. Tobias Alm
Brooch: Traces of Function no 9, 2011
Wood, wood fiber board, cotton, brass, steel
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Tobias Alm. Necklace: Traces of Function no 1, 2011. Wood, wood fiber board, cotton. Tobias Alm
Necklace: Traces of Function no 1, 2011
Wood, wood fiber board, cotton
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Tobias Alm. Brooch: Traces of Function no 4, 2012. Wood, fiber board, cotton, brass, steel. Tobias Alm
Brooch: Traces of Function no 4, 2012
Wood, fiber board, cotton, brass, steel
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Tobias Alm. Brooch: Traces of Function no 11, 2012. Wood, brass, steel. Tobias Alm
Brooch: Traces of Function no 11, 2012
Wood, brass, steel
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Tobias Alm. Brooch: Traces of Function no 13, 2012. Wood, brass, steel. Tobias Alm
Brooch: Traces of Function no 13, 2012
Wood, brass, steel
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Tobias Alm. Necklace: Traces of Function no 15, 2012. Wood, fiber board, cotton. Tobias Alm
Necklace: Traces of Function no 15, 2012
Wood, fiber board, cotton
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Tobias Alm. Necklace: Traces of Function no 16, 2012. Wood, cotton. Tobias Alm
Necklace: Traces of Function no 16, 2012
Wood, cotton
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Tobias Alm. Necklace: Traces of Function no 14, 2012. Wood, fiber board, cotton. Tobias Alm
Necklace: Traces of Function no 14, 2012
Wood, fiber board, cotton
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