It just may be that Gallery Funaki has never looked more enchanting or amazing.
It’s breathtaking; full, though beautifully arranged, with work from artists selected for the inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery.
It’s quite a treat to see such exceptional quality and variety in the one exhibition.
Especially attractive in my eyes were:
- little precise and refined silver-white (surface-depleted) brooches by Jo Hawley; in the foreground in the above image
- gold fine linear neckpiece by Hermien Cassiers
- beautifully coloured pieces by Kaori Juzu; especially the blue one, it reminded me of Anish Kapoor, I could have become lost in the blue interior
- the astonishing brooches by Lore Langendries; while I couldn’t see myself wearing one, the treatment of the material (fur) is wonderful and shows genuine pathos and understanding
- paper and stitched brooches by Gitte Nygaard; left in the below image
Honestly though, it’s hard not to find something to admire, learn from or desire in every one of the pieces.
I’m sad I couldn’t take more photographs – the gallery was quite busy at the time I was there, and I don’t like to include people in images (they may be gift shopping or meant to be somewhere else etc!).
My previous post shared the prize winners.
The exhibitors are:
- Ela Bauer (Poland/Israel/The Netherlands) , Alexander Blank (Germany)
- Conversation Piece (Sweden) , Hermien Cassiers (Belgium)
- Jane Dodd (New Zealand) , Patrícia Correia Domingues (Portugal/Germany)
- Benedikt Fischer (Austria/Germany) , Emi Fukuda (Japan/Germany)
- Sara Gackowska (Poland) , Kiko Gianocca (Switzerland) , Marcos Guzman (Australia)
- Jo Hawley (England/ New Zealand/Australia) , Therese Hilbert (Switzerland/Germany) , Lucie Houdková (Czech Republic) , Linda Hughes (Australia)
- Kaori Juzu (Japan/Denmark)
- Jiro Kamata (Japan/Germany) , Inari Kiuru (Finland/Australia) , Jun Konishi (Japan)
- Lore Langendries (Belgium)
- Carlier Makigawa (Australia)
- Thanh-Truc Nguyen (Germany) , Gitte Nygaard (Denmark/The Netherlands)
- Nelly van Oost (France/Belgium)
- Martin Papcun (Czech Republic/Germany)
- Mette Saabye (Denmark) , Michihiro Sato (Japan) , Helen Shirk (USA)
- Blanche Tilden (Australia)
- Julia Walter (Germany/The Netherlands)
- Reinhold Ziegler (Norway)
This exhibition is a must-see. The Gallery Funaki website has images of each piece from each artist.
The Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery is at Gallery Funaki until 13th September 2014.