My sculptural silverwork is
about the transformation of objects in artistically expressive work.I do this
by reinterpreting the
within every objectand
searching for the
moment when function
can become the
subject and concept
of the objects.
The works represent
certain shapes with
and the destructive
impact that a shift
or change of function
can bring. Function
as subject and source
The result is a deceptive
8 February - 17 March 2018
Valerie Traan Gallery, Reyndersstraat 12, 2000 Antwerp
Open from Thursday until Saturday, 2 - 6 pm
Opening drink: Thursday 8 February 2018, 4 - 9 pm
24 jewellery designers explore industrially manufactured chains
The Jewellery Design department of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp cordially invites you to the exhibition ‘From Walter to Valerie’ at Valerie Traan Gallery. Together with students from St Lucas Antwerp, international and Belgian designers will display pieces of jewellery that have been made using the industrially manufactured chains of Walter Fischer.
The exhibition takes place in the context of ‘Speaking Jewellery’, a research project initiated by the ‘Precious Dialogue’ research platform of St Lucas Antwerp. The project examines the concept of jewelleryness from an artistic perspective: what are the qualities and characteristics that make an object into a piece of jewellery? The chain – as an endless series of interconnected links – takes centre stage in this project. Although it is rather insignificant in contemporary jewellery and mainly has a supporting function, it has the power to function as a piece of jewellery. It effortlessly follows every curve of the body and forms a perfect catenary when held up by its tips. What’s more, the chain has a rich archive of social, cultural and historical references and meanings.
Designers, students and researchers worked with chains made by Walter Fischer, one of the world’s largest chain manufacturers. Located in Idar-Oberstein, the company produces annually between 30 and 40 tons of chain that are mainly supplied to wholesalers, makers and labels in the fashion and jewellery sectors. For this project, Walter Fischer donated more than 400 metres of chain, each designer receiving ten metres with which to create a wearable piece of jewellery.
Participants: Conversation Piece (Beatrice Brovia & Nicolas Cheng), Lin Cheung & Veronika Fabian, Benedikt Fischer & Benedikt Fischer, Sofie Boons, Dries Dockx, Silke Fleischer, Anneleen Swillen, Charlotte Van de Velde as well as students and researchers of the Jewellery Design department of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp.
A cooperation between the Jewellery Design department of St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp, Walter Fischer GmbH & Co. and Valerie Traan Gallery.
Art project with students of ziekenhuisschool Antwerpen
Atelier in Antwerp
© Dries Dockx 2018