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Parcours Bijoux 2017
An event entirely dedicated to jewellery
As a major international event, Parcours Bijoux 2017 presents some sixty projects, exhibitions and talks bringing together artists and researchers from numerous countries. Galleries, museums, institutions and public spaces will display a multifaceted creativity that places jewellery simultaneously in a social, anthropological and aesthetic context.
This new cultural episode will perpetuate the ambitions and achievements of the Circuits Bijoux 2013, when over four hundred jewellers from within and outside France came together around sixty actions co-organised by the association D’un bijou à l’autre and the Ateliers d’Art de France, in a landmark exhibition at the Musée des Arts décoratifs.
Parcours Bijoux 2017, the parisian itinerary of events dedicated to the contemporary jewel, crosses through Paris from September, the 25th until November, the 30th 2017. Numerous exhibitions will punctuate these 2 months highlighting to french and international contemporary jewellery creation. A rare opportunity, for professionals and general public alike, to sample an abundant display of inventiveness and expressivity, and to discover this still little known field.
Much as a kaleidoscope reflects tiny pieces, colliding and transforming them into appealing patterns, Nora Rochel seeks out shapes that capture her interest. Then, through gentle manipulation, she creates delicate ornaments and arranges them in compositions of repetition. Rochel’s predominant interest, plants and their flowers, bridge together what are becoming two more distinct chapters in her work. The featured necklaces are obvious meditations on botanical forms, and juxtaposed with her newer work, represent an exploration of understatement and modesty. There is a sweetness and clarity to the more straightforward meditations on her theme. In contrast, the group of new rings mark the exploration of deeper decadence. With their abundance of details and more aggressive scale, they represent a fresh chapter in Rochel’s explorations. The botanical language devolves as the pieces become more complex and ornate, ultimately verging on abstraction. They also become more playful and toy-like, verging on kitsch. Colorful vintage glass stones as well as more precious gems capture and scatter the light, completing this transformation.
Rochel’s evolving perspective becomes more apparent when this work is viewed together, and the vying perspectives are enhanced. Viewers can appreciate the clarity of focus in the more subtle pieces as well as the freshness and animation of the new work.
Helen Friesacher-Borst (CH-DE)
/ Statement Circles
Starting from geometrical shapes like circle, semicircle, rect- angle and ribbon, the surfaces are bent into the room along defined lines. The contour, the edge, the folding angles and the size ratios of the basic shapes play an important role. I compose the individual elements together to form a neck- lace. I verify the fit of the collier, that it lies smoothly around my neck. The blackened colliers are made out of bronze and silver. The black tint of the metal sheets lives and changes by wearing them. In contrast to this, in yellow, deep red, dark green etc., I create enameled necklaces. The edges are black oxidized and the colored surfaces appear rounded. The colliers are made in enameled red tombak and gold 750. My jewellery work is planned and manufactured in small editions.
10.09 – 14.10.2017
2000 Antwerp, Belgium
open Thu Fri Sat 11 am – 6 pm and welcome on appointment
Our objective is to showcase work that reinterprets cultural symbols and icons through the use of material, scale, wearability, and interaction. Our goal is to curate work that challenges and “plays” with the viewer’s understanding of what that symbol has come to represent. We are interested in icons and symbols that appear in the commercial jewelry world such as the bow, heart, snakes, crowns, keys and the faceted stone as well as in our everyday lives through emojis and other cultural symbols. We want to see these symbols interpreted from a different viewpoint, providing the viewer/wearer a new lens to interpret and experience icons; challenging the viewers preconditioned definition of what the icon represents.
Curators: Manuela Jimenez and Kendra Pariseault
– Deadline for all Applications: September 1st, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST
– Entry Fee: $25.00
– Artists notified of acceptance: September 7th, 2017
– All work must be received by October, 2017
– Exhibition Dates: October 7th – November 30th, 2017
– Opening Receptions: October 7th, 2017