CULT deals with the elusive ways jewellery relates to, and is reflective of, culture and identity. It may act as a highly personal manifestation of style and individuality, it also can be indicative of subcultural groupings, real or imagined. At times it’s even a vehicle for protection, or protest.
For CULT, eight overlapping categories have been defined to help navigate the means through which this happens: identification, participation, non-conformation and fetish, persuasion, conformation, ritual and fantasy. How does wearing jewellery strengthen human relationships, or harness new kinds of social collectiveness? Is it subcultural, ideological, or both? Either way, the true allure of jewellery is cult.
To best demonstrate this, Current Obsession has invited twelve of the most forward thinking international jewellery artists, some of which are presenting not yet seen work: Alexander Blank, Shachar Cohen, Elvira Golombosi, Adam Grinovich, Nils Hint, Göran Kling, Takashi Kojima, Helena Lehtinen, Florian Weichsberger, Mallory Weston, Areta Wilkinson and Rei Yamada. A special piece from the Noordermarkt legend Happy Day is also present.
Together with this selection, five additional artists have been commissioned to create new work especially for CULT, including artist duo Conversation Piece, iconoclast Volker Atrops, painter Kelsey Isaacs, and jeweller Edgar Mosa, who created his works on the museum floor during the performance at the opening on the 14th of October.
One of CULT’s main particularities is the emphasis on the jewel’s role as a catalyst of a wearer’s identity. The physical body however, is absent. In its place, Current Obsession has asked six fiction writers and artists to create narratives meant to allude to the potentially infinite human scenarios jewellery may become involved in. Their stories are crafted around certain themes or selected pieces found in the exhibition. Audio excerpts of these texts are present in the show, and full versions will be printed in the special Current Obsession issue to come. Authors: Maurits de Bruijn, Hou Chien Cheng, Frank Koolen, Case Miller & Joris Lindhout, Huib Haye van der Werf.
To further punctuate the exhibition’s theme, Current Obsession has also gone through the Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch’s collection and selected a vast array of both contemporary and historical works from jewellers and fine artists alike.
Current Obsession and the Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch are proud to invite you to become a part of this experience.
CULT is curated by:
Current Obsession – Marina Elenskaya and Kellie Riggs
Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch – Fredric Baas
Produced by: Current Obsession – Sarah Mesritz
Exhibition graphic design by: Linda Beumer
Scenographic elements by: Stefan Auberg
Photography: Lonneke van der Palen
Styling: Pascal-Joël Weber represented by Angelique Hoorn Management
Hair and Make up artist: Erika Nuijten represented by Angelique Hoorn Management
Model: Roos Ferrero wearing jewellery by Göran Kling /// Sascha represented by FIC Model Management wearing jewellery by Adam Grinovich
Exhibition images: Marina Elenskaya