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IRIS EICHENBERG
I DO NOT WISH

24 JEWELLERY ARTISTS FROM ARGENTINA, COLOMBIA AND CHILE
CURATED BY JIMENA RIOS
TRUE IS WHAT HAS BEEN

OCTOBER 7 - 28, 2017

Iris Eichenberg, an Artist in Residence and Head of the Metal-smithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, is regularly exhibiting, invited to lecture, act as visiting critic, and holds workshops at various art academies around the world. In her second solo exhibition I Do Not Wish at PLATINA in Stockholm, she will show a body of work made after multiple working trips to South America.
Jimena Ríos, founder of Taller Eloi in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has given lectures about contemporary jewelry history and seminars on narrative jewelry in Argentina and abroad. Now she comes to Stockholm as a curator for the exhibition True Is What Has Been with works from 24 jewelry artists from Argentina, Colombia and Chile.

Iris Eichenberg and Jimena Rios paths have crossed and become entwined through their common interest in ex-votos; tokens made to express gratitude for a favor granted by a supernatural force. In the midst of misfortune, such as an accident or illness, someone that is unable to resolve things through worldly means pleads for divine intervention with the help of a maker/practitioner. Ex-votos are mementos and artifacts of that mediation between two worlds. They are often placed in churches or chapels by the worshiper either seeking grace or to give thanks. The jewelers who take part in the exhibition are inspired by this process as intermediaries between a divinity and a devotee and to materialize the latter's gratitude. In this case the "new ex-votos" are made in a contemporary way and will not be placed in a church, nor were they made to return a favor from a saint, but they share that intention.
Coming from the Protestant part of the world, Iris Eichenberg describes herself as a visitor of that Catholic tradition and doesn't want to run with the message and leave the real messenger behind. Gratitude and love are hard to convey, and she says she has real admiration for these objects which are made out of necessity and charged through making. Ex-votos possess an unique ability to communicate because they stand-in for universal longing for change and betterment. Thus the exhibition took this form.

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Images Iris Eichenberg - I do not wish
Photo: TimThayer


 

 

Images True is what has been
24 Jewellery artists from Argentina, Colombia and Chile
Curated by Jimena Rios


Patricia Tewel & Laura Gorbatt (Argentina)




Nahuel Nuñez (Argentina) & Carolina Hornauer (Chile)


Monique Lecouna & Flora Caligiuri (Argentina)



Cecilia Richard & Carolina Luzardo (Argentina)


Corina Mascotti (Argentina) & Tatiana Apraéz (Colombia)



Enrique Jaramillo & Linda Sanchez (Colombia)

 

Paula Gallardo & Laura Licandro (Argentina)


Nicolás Stimolo & Lourdes Chicco Ruiz (Argentina)

 

Rita Bamidele Hampton & Paula Gimenez (Argentina)


Victoria Baquero & Simón Mazuera (Colombia)


Silvina Romero & Jorge Castañón (Argentina)

 

Dalia Drajnudel & Rodrigo Acosta Arias (Argentina)


After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1994, Iris Eichenberg worked as an independent artist, art educator, part-time curator, and co-organizer of art-related events. She began teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 1996, where she was Head of the Jewelry Department 2000-2007. Since 2006 she has been an Artist in Residence and Head of the Metal-smithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, USA. Iris Eichenberg is regularly exhibiting, invited to lecture, act as visiting critic, and holds workshops at various art academies around the world. In her second solo exhibition I Do Not Wish at PLATINA in Stockholm, she will show a body of work made after multiple working trips to South America.

Jimena Ríos grew up in Mendoza, Argentina and lives in Buenos Aires. She studied jewelry at the Escola Massana School of Art and Design in Barcelona, Spain and Alchimia Contemporary Jewelry School in Florence, Italy. She furthered her education attending workshops by well-known artists and so she met Iris Eichenberg. In 2013 she founded Taller Eloi in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to teach and organize workshops. She has given lectures about contemporary jewelry history and seminars on narrative jewelry in Argentina and abroad. Now she comes to Stockholm as a curator for the exhibition True Is What Has Been with works from 24 jewelry artists from Argentina, Colombia and Chile.

Iris Eichenberg and Jimena Rios paths have crossed and become entwined through their common interest in ex-votos: objects which convey a desire or longing and are made out of necessity. Ex-votos are tokens made to express gratitude for a favor granted by a supernatural force. In the midst of misfortune, such as an accident or illness, someone that is unable to resolve things through worldly means pleads for divine intervention with the help of a maker/practitioner. Ex-votos are mementos and artifacts of that mediation between two worlds. They are often placed in churches or chapels by the worshiper either seeking grace or to give thanks.

As a curator of contemporary jewelry, Jimena Rios explains:
- Behind a traditional ex-voto, there is a votary pleading to a divinity, a granted favor, and, as a token of gratitude, a silversmith making an object, offered in turn to the saint who worked the miracle. The jewelers who took part in this project were inspired by this process as intermediaries between a divinity and a devotee and to materialize the latter's gratitude. In this case the "new ex-votos" are made in a contemporary way and will not be placed in a church, nor were they made to return a favor from a saint, but they share that intention.

Contemporary jewelry can be regarded as a medium to start a dialog. Just like with ex-votos, the dialog concerning the pieces in this exhibition starts with someone expressing their gratitude. It is the yearning behind this materiality that makes ex-votos rich objects, both in its contemporary and traditional forms. Symbolic power is the link between these two worlds.

Coming from the Protestant part of Europe, and currently residing in the United States, Iris Eichenberg describes herself as a visitor of that Catholic tradition and comments on this joint exhibition:
- As a traveler I shop and I am taking, but I do not want to run with the message and leave the real messenger behind. Thus the exhibition took this form. There is an archetype among objects, those which transmit through their making and use, and it is an essential part of jewelry. Ex-votos possess an unique ability to communicate because they stand-in for universal longing for change and betterment. Gratitude and love are hard to convey, and I have real admiration for these objects which are made out of necessity and charged through making.

 
 

 

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