FREAKS, SKULLS AND A MAD FAMILY
DORIS BETZ, ERIK BLOMQVIST AND RÉKA LŐRINCZ
Doris Betz splashes ink on white paper. A few seconds of hectic, wild, and simultaneously calm movements allow an image to arise. The Pareidolia process begins, people recognize faces and figures in abstract forms. Doris Betz transfers the drawings to plastic and behind the eyes of these figures are brooch pins, which enable one to wear a Freak!
Erik Blomqvist also works intuitively. Using blacksmithing as a technique, he lets the powerful material steel take the form of well-known but still unique skullrings. Silver skeletons are like memento mori, they crawl over hands and remind us of our mortality.
Réka Lőrincz's portrait series depicts personal characters and individuals in different emotional states. The figures are unique and similar as family members, made of wildly mixed recognizable materials. They can make us highlight hidden qualities, be a part of the family and perhaps they help us on the way to making the invisible visible, the false to become reality and the strangers to become familiar.
ZOOM JEWELLERY EXHIBITION
During the 2020, we have had many virtual meetings and used the power of art jewelry to get people react. Some people work with backgrounds and lipsticks to get a more fun and attractive web image, but what works better than a cool piece of jewelry?
We all know that jewellery can make a difference in meetings between people, which has not least become clear in 2020 with strong personalities wearing statements such as "VOTE". But not only that, jewellery makes people talk and a well-chosen piece can lead to magical discussions
PARTICIPING ARTISTS: Ammeli Engström, Andrea Wagner, Anna Talbot, Annika Pettersson, Carina Shoshtary, Caroline Lindholm, Catarina Hällzon, Hanna Liljenberg, Helena Johansson Lindell, Helena Lehtinen, Helena Sandström, Jelizaveta Suska, Julia Maria Künnap, Julia Walter, Karin Roy Andersson, Liana Pattihis, Lisa Walker, Luzia Vogt, Manon van Kouswijk, Pernille Mouritzen, Sanna Svedestedt Carboo, Sondra Sherman, Tanel Veenre, Volker Atrops On picture: Julia Walter with soapstone brooch
ELIN FLOGNMAN & SARA ERKERS
OCTOBER 17 – NOVEMBER 7, 2020
The exhibition Solanum is a collaboration between jewellery artist Elin Flognman and textile artist Sara Erkers. The artists have been intrigued by a familiarity in their mutual artistic practices. Recently we could see the artists collaborate in an exhibition at Not Quite in Fengersfors, a former factory turned into an art space and center for cultural expressions. In the exhibition at PLATINA in Stockholm we will see the artists appreciation of everyday objects and love for the humble potato.
- We have discovered a kinship in our mutual artistic practices; jewellery and textile art. We are now letting our pieces have a conversation about everyday life and things. In our work we salute the banality and greatness of everyday life, cheap or found materials and the not so exotic and perhaps plain potato. With different starting points we end up quite close to this conclusion: There is something intriguing about the same old breakfast sandwich on a grey Monday morning. For us the craft behind the piece is important, the magic of craft and the magic of everyday life.
Elin Flognman and Sara Erkers are both educated at HDK - School of Design and Crafts. University of Gothenburg. Elin Flognman received her MFA in Jewellery Art 2013 and Sara Erkers her MFA in Textile Art 2012.
BETWEEN COLOURFUL CLICHÉ
AND PANDEMIC MAKRAMÉ
HELENA JOHANSSON LINDELL
SEPTEMBER 12 - OCTOBER 10, 2020
Helena Johansson Lindell works with hierarchical structures and preconceptions within the field of contemporary jewellery. She embraces materials and methods that, from a societal perspective, are considered of low status. Her aim is for her craft to infuse a sense of permission, that everything is allowed without judgment, a topical and meaningful subject.
Helena Johansson Lindell was educated at Leksand's folk high school, at Konstfack in Stockholm and at Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Norway. Originally from Huskvarna, she is based in Stockholm since 2011. Her work has been shown in solo shows in Norway, Thailand, USA and Brazil; and in group exhibitions such as Schmuck 2017-2018 during the International Craft Fair in Munich and the 6th European Triennial of Contemporary Jewellery that toured Belgium, Sweden and France in 2017-2018.
The exhibition was shown under the second edition of Stockholm Craft Week, The program took place in central Stockholm and in Gustavsberg on 1st - 4th of October 2020, included openings, seminars, artist talks, open studios and more. Stockholm Craft Week wants to reach a wider audience and highlight the international level of excellence maintained by Swedish contemporary crafts. The promoters of Stockholm Craft Week, Konsthantverkscentrum, Värmdö Municipality and Konsthantverkarna want to shed new light on contemporary craft and make sure the field receives the attention it deserves.
- Swedish contemporary craft has undergone a strong development throughout the 2000s and holds an exceptionally high international level. Nevertheless, craft is rarely seen or featured in larger contexts or in political initiatives. Few countries can match our Swedish line-up of multifaceted artists working within the field - we have a golden opportunity to show them off,. says Maj Sandell, Director at Konsthantverkscentrum.
THOUGHTS, MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
JUNE 5–AUGUST 30, 2020
FORM DESIGN CENTER
LILLA TORG 9, MALMÖ
Curator: Sofia Björkman / PLATINA
Form/Design Center in Malmö invited PLATINA to curate a jewellery exhibition during the summer 2020. Seven jewellery artists with different thoughts, using a variety of materials and techniques, show unique jewellery that tells what jewellery is and does today. Curator: Sofia Björkman / PLATINA
Manon van Kouswijk
Form/Design Center, Lilla Torg 9, 203 14 Malmö, Sweden
Form/Design Center is a place and a hub for knowledge and inspiration, for comparing experiences and for building networks in form, architecture and design. The Center’s operations are profiled via the granary’s three storeys that are open to the public. The building functions both as an architectural and design stage for in-depth exhibitions that encourage reflection, mingled with smaller and shorter explorations of current developments in the subject field we focus on. The building also functions as a social space for workshops, lectures, or public debates.