22 November 2012 – 26 January 2013
Beautiful Objects was The Aram Gallery’s first exhibition on jewellery. The exhibition shows beautiful, thought provoking objects by contemporary working designers.
The making of contemporary jewellery was not something The Aram Gallery had explored previously. We were eager to compare the design process of these makers with processes we have explored and learnt from in previous exhibitions. We might find that there is little difference – designing is designing. Taking these exhibits as our guide we question what motivates and inspires these designers in a drive to demystify their process.
To accompany each designer’s exhibit was a contextual object; something which was related to making of the piece. Two images whose paring prompted the selection of material, or a photograph of unusual perspective which inspired composition. These background objects expanded on a designer’s methods - they offered a snapshot of their thinking.
Every supporting piece was been proposed by the exhibitor with little curatorial intervention, so presenting a true and clear picture of their methods. In addition, the gallery asked each participant some tailored questions, the answers to which further illuminated on their approach.
There are a number of international players who dominate the jewellery scene, both makers and galleries. We drew attention to the wealth of contemporary jewellers living and working in the UK, exhibiting work only by those based here.
Zoe Arnold, Stephanie Bila, Eleanor Bolton, Simone Brewster, Caroline Broadhead, Lin Cheung, Lili Colley, Naomi Filmer, Katy Hackney, Sarah King, Maria Militsi, Lina Peterson, Laura Potter, Mah Rana, David Roux-Fouillet, Hans Stofer, Karola Torkos, Maud Traon, Weidenbach / Klein.
Photographer Shira Klasmer