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The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery

Now on
24 Feb – 24 Jun 2018
Free

Lauren Kalman, But if the Crime is Beautiful... Strangers to the Garden, 2016, inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist and Sienna Patti USA

Lauren Kalman, But if the Crime is Beautiful... Strangers to the Garden, 2016, inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist and Sienna Patti USA

Yuka Oyama, Cleaning Samurai, 2014. Artist. Photo: Diego Castellano

Yuka Oyama, Cleaning Samurai, 2014. Artist. Photo: Diego Castellano

Lauren Tickle, $63.00 US Dollars, Currency Converted, 2016, US currency (two and one dollar bills), silver and monofilament. Courtesy of the artist and Sienna Patti, USA.

Lauren Tickle, $63.00 US Dollars, Currency Converted, 2016, US currency (two and one dollar bills), silver and monofilament. Courtesy of the artist and Sienna Patti, USA.

Christoph Zellweger, Excess 2550, 2012, hand blown glass. Courtesy of the artist.

Christoph Zellweger, Excess 2550, 2012, hand blown glass. Courtesy of the artist.

Gerd Rothmann, Die Goldene Nase (The Golden Nose), imprinted from J. Teunen, 1984, gold. Courtesy of the Artist and Ornamentum Gallery, USA.

Gerd Rothmann, Die Goldene Nase (The Golden Nose), imprinted from J. Teunen, 1984, gold. Courtesy of the Artist and Ornamentum Gallery, USA.

Neke Moa, Mauri Stones, 2016, pounamu, paint. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum. Photo: Toni Taylor

Neke Moa, Mauri Stones, 2016, pounamu, paint. Collection of The Dowse Art Museum. Photo: Toni Taylor

Sharon Fitness, I found an old light socket in a cupboard at work (just stick a pin on it and call it a brooch), 2015. Photo: Caryline Boreham. Courtesy of the artist

Sharon Fitness, I found an old light socket in a cupboard at work (just stick a pin on it and call it a brooch), 2015. Photo: Caryline Boreham. Courtesy of the artist

Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Vivien Atkinson in Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Vivien Atkinson in Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Happy participant Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Happy participant Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Caroline Thomas and Sondra Bacharach in Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Caroline Thomas and Sondra Bacharach in Occupation Artist Gold leafing performance

Judith Carswell from Occupation Artist gold leafing a column outside the exhibition

Judith Carswell from Occupation Artist gold leafing a column outside the exhibition

Alan Preston, Lisa Walker and Daniel Kruger

Alan Preston, Lisa Walker and Daniel Kruger

Daniel Kruger and family

Daniel Kruger and family

Justine Olsen and Shelley Norton

Justine Olsen and Shelley Norton

Lauren Kalman, Renee Bevan and Matthew McIntyre Wilson

Lauren Kalman, Renee Bevan and Matthew McIntyre Wilson

Sharon Fitness and her actors Amber and Vanessa interacting with 'Finding Jewlleryness'

Sharon Fitness and her actors Amber and Vanessa interacting with 'Finding Jewlleryness'

Visitor enjoying Yuka Oyama's film HELPERS-Changing Homes

Visitor enjoying Yuka Oyama's film HELPERS-Changing Homes

Alan Preston

Alan Preston

Mia Straka's Talisman Project

Mia Straka's Talisman Project

Mia Straka's Talisman Project

Mia Straka's Talisman Project

Mia Straka's Talisman Project

Mia Straka's Talisman Project

Happy participant in Mia Straka's Talisman Project

Happy participant in Mia Straka's Talisman Project

Roseanne Bartley's 'myshadowwears' project

Roseanne Bartley's 'myshadowwears' project

Roseanne Bartley's 'myshadowwears' project

Roseanne Bartley's 'myshadowwears' project

Roseanne Bartley's 'myshadowwears' project

Roseanne Bartley's 'myshadowwears' project

Roseanne Bartley's 'myshadowwears' project

Roseanne Bartley's 'myshadowwears' project

Su san Cohn and her work 'Way Past Real'

Su san Cohn and her work 'Way Past Real'

Su san Cohn floor talk about her work 'Way Past Real'

Su san Cohn floor talk about her work 'Way Past Real'

'The Language of Things' installation view

'The Language of Things' installation view

'The Language of Things' installation view with Yuka Oyama's 'HELPERS-Changing Homes'.

'The Language of Things' installation view with Yuka Oyama's 'HELPERS-Changing Homes'.

Suska Mackert and Conversation Piece

Suska Mackert and Conversation Piece

Liesbet Bussche 'Blueprint of an Entire Jewelry Collection in 11 Pieces'

Liesbet Bussche 'Blueprint of an Entire Jewelry Collection in 11 Pieces'

Otto Künzli, David Bielander, Frank Frank Tjepkema, Helen Britton, Gerd Rothmann, Ted Noten and Karl Fritsch

Otto Künzli, David Bielander, Frank Frank Tjepkema, Helen Britton, Gerd Rothmann, Ted Noten and Karl Fritsch

Tiffany Parb 'Nullify' and 'Bleeds'

Tiffany Parb 'Nullify' and 'Bleeds'

Installation view with Attai Chen and Akiko Kurihara

Installation view with Attai Chen and Akiko Kurihara

Installation view with Lisa Gralnick and Réka Lörincz

Installation view with Lisa Gralnick and Réka Lörincz

Lauren Kalman 'But if the crime is beautiful - Strangers in the garden'

Lauren Kalman 'But if the crime is beautiful - Strangers in the garden'

Noon Passama

Noon Passama

Installation view 'All that Glitters is not Gold'

Installation view 'All that Glitters is not Gold'

Installation view 'All that Glitters is not Gold'

Installation view 'All that Glitters is not Gold'

Su san Cohn and Yuka Oyama

Su san Cohn and Yuka Oyama

Yuka Oyama 'HELPERS-Changing Homes'

Yuka Oyama 'HELPERS-Changing Homes'

Yuka Oyama

Yuka Oyama

Installation view 'Place and Belonging' with Hilde De Decker, Luisa Tora , Molly Rangiwai-McHale and Sofia Tekela-Smith

Installation view 'Place and Belonging' with Hilde De Decker, Luisa Tora , Molly Rangiwai-McHale and Sofia Tekela-Smith

Wawick Freeman, Elena Gee, John Edgar, Lisa Walker, Kirsten Haydon, Jane Dodd, Hanna Hedman

Wawick Freeman, Elena Gee, John Edgar, Lisa Walker, Kirsten Haydon, Jane Dodd, Hanna Hedman

Niki Hastings McFall, Grace Lillian Lee and Lauren Lysacht

Niki Hastings McFall, Grace Lillian Lee and Lauren Lysacht

Peter Tully, Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Joyce Scott, Naama Bergman and Sana Khalil

Peter Tully, Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Joyce Scott, Naama Bergman and Sana Khalil

Clementine Edwards, Brighid Fitzgerald, Ruby Fitzgerald, Debris Facility, Rebecca Thomas, Isadora Vaughan and Kerianne Quick

Clementine Edwards, Brighid Fitzgerald, Ruby Fitzgerald, Debris Facility, Rebecca Thomas, Isadora Vaughan and Kerianne Quick

Dorothea Prühl, Yuki Kurihara and Lucy Sarneel

Dorothea Prühl, Yuki Kurihara and Lucy Sarneel

Installation view 'Bodily Interventions' with  Otto Künzli

Installation view 'Bodily Interventions' with Otto Künzli

Yuni Kim Lang and Jasmine Te Hira

Yuni Kim Lang and Jasmine Te Hira

Caroline Broadhead

Caroline Broadhead

Carrie Dickens, Benedikt Fischer,Masumi Kataoka, Sonya Clark, Kadri Malk, Iris Eichenburg, Manon van Kouswijk, Teruo Akatsu

Carrie Dickens, Benedikt Fischer,Masumi Kataoka, Sonya Clark, Kadri Malk, Iris Eichenburg, Manon van Kouswijk, Teruo Akatsu

Selina Shanti Woulfe, Nanna Melland, Christoph Zellweger, Sophie Hanagarth and Mia Maljojoki

Selina Shanti Woulfe, Nanna Melland, Christoph Zellweger, Sophie Hanagarth and Mia Maljojoki

Sharon Fitness and Domestic_Jewelry

Sharon Fitness and Domestic_Jewelry

Renee Bevan 'Burial Necklace'

Renee Bevan 'Burial Necklace'

Renee Bevan 'Burial Necklace'

Renee Bevan 'Burial Necklace'

Installation view 'The Critique of Preciousness'

Installation view 'The Critique of Preciousness'

emiko oye and Sue Lorraine

emiko oye and Sue Lorraine

Roseanne Bartley 'My Shadow Wears'

Roseanne Bartley 'My Shadow Wears'

Roseanne Bartley 'My Shadow Wears'

Roseanne Bartley 'My Shadow Wears'

Precious things aren’t always made from precious materials—and jewellery is no exception.

The intimacy of jewellery worn on the body gives us a unique way of showing who we are and what’s important to us. This exhibition expands on our associations with adornment: drawing out how ideas of value have changed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The Language of Things features over 100 artists from Europe, America, Asia, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand whose work reveals how personal meaning develops from the often unusual materials and processes used in the field of contemporary jewellery. Visitors can expect to see beautifully crafted, wearable pieces as well as installation, photography and video, including a necklace made of scissors; a woman covered in brass leaves and a screening of jewellery appearances in films over the last 80 years.

At the heart of the exhibition, will be an installation by Berlin based Yuka Oyama called Helpers—Changing Homes, made especially for The Dowse during her Te Whare Hēra Residency. Featuring a video of a performance of wearable jewellery made from cardboard ‘moving’ boxes: her installation playfully mimics hermit crabs swapping shells to find new ‘homes’ which are a better fit. Through it, Oyama helps us think about immigration and how the objects we carry with us help create a sense of home.

The contemporary jewellers in this exhibition make pieces that comment on social, cultural or political matters through the materials that they choose to work with. Their themes include the shifting perception of precious materials such as gold, vanity, gender stereotyping, associations with place and our relationships with accessories, the environment and each other. Using our inherent understanding of jewellery as a symbol of personal expression to explore these ideas, The Language of Things also prompts us to reflect on how we ‘read’ the materials that surround us in daily life.

Contemporary jewellers in The Language of Things include Bernard Schobinger; Conversation Piece (duo), Daniel Kruger, David Bielander, Dorothea Prühl, Gerd Rothmann , Gijs Bakker, Helen Britton, Jiro Kamata, Karl Fritsch, Lauren Kalman, Liesbet Bussche, Lisa Gralnick, Mia Maljojoki, Moniek Schrijer, Noon Passama, Otto Künzli , Renee Bevan, Sharon Fitness, Susan Cohn, Suska Mackert, Ted Noten, Réka Lörincz and Zoe Brand.

The Dowse is grateful to all the artists and supporters who have made this exhibition possible especially The Rotasa Collection, USA; The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, USA and CODA, The Netherlands. Exhibition sponsors and partners include Creative New Zealand, Blumhardt Foundation, Massey University, Asia New Zealand Foundation, Goethe-Institut, Handshake, Fab Lab Wgtn, and Allied Pickfords.

 

RELATED EVENT DETAILS

All that Glitters Sat 24 February 2018

Exhibition open day featuring three international makers in the show, Daniel Kruger (SA/GER), Susan Cohn (Aus) and Lauren Kalman (USA)

Unpacking the Language of Things 12/13 April 2018

Exhibition symposium featuring keynote speaker Otto Künzli.

IN THE MEDIA

What is close to your heart?, Regional News , 6 March (p27)

Dowse exhibit will look at how contemporary jewellery is close to our hearts, Wenman, Eleanor. 11 December 2017

What is close to your heart? Dowse media release, 5 December 2017

Goethe on Air Show 29, 1 January 2018 — Yuka talks to the Wellington based Goethe Institut

Yuka Oyama: Helpers – Changing homes, Garland Magazine, January 2018 

Wearing Materiality, EyeContact, Lucy Jackson.  Retreived 10 April 2018

Otto Kunzli - The Language of Things, Saturday Morning on RNZ, Retreived17 April 2018

Three picks from Director of The Dowse Art Museum, Article Magazine.  Retreived 11 May 2018

 

 

*** The exhibition dates published in the 2018 New Zealand Festival printed brochure listing are incorrect. The correct dates are as per this page. ***