Lovely photos from Repeat Repeat at Harbourfront Centre
April 20 – June 16
Bande des Quatres, Colleen Baran, Anneke van Bommel, Cinelli + Maillet, Lana Filippone, Karen Konzuk, Van McKenzie, and Eric Petersen
Curated by Melanie Egan
More photos ( also by Tom Bilenkey) of Repeat, Repeat and their other current shows found in Harbourfront Centre's Spring Exhibition folder on Flickr. All extraordinary exhibitions, the photos show just enough to be both full of exciting work and an enticement to see more. I wish I could have been there in person.
This exhibition is presented by Harbourfront Centre as part of the inaugural Toronto International Jewellery Festival (TIJF) in conjunction with Meta-Mosaic, the 2013 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference.
Multiples and repetition have been central components of design throughout the history of jewellery. In ancient times, natural elements such as shells, bones, and feathers were strung together and worn to depict status; used in religious ceremonies; and worn for protection and adornment. The great movements of western art history are littered with examples of repetition: from granulation to chain making, hammered textures to engraved patterns, and glass beads to pavé settings. This rich history continues to fuel today’s designers. Harmony and rhythm are used to create works that reflect contemporary ideas and conditions. The conventions of the past have not been abandoned, but are instead re-imagined and built upon.
In the contemporary jewellery community, one-of-a-kind work is championed as a unique form of expression, while multiples, particularly ‘production jewellery’, are often devalued. The eight designers in this exhibition do not shy away from repetition; they use elements to form the building blocks for their designs, whether those elements are ideas, related forms, motifs or gemstones. They use traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques to create works that are inspired by natural forms, architecture and pop culture.
This exhibition celebrates Canadian work that is chic and desirable, wearable and accessible and continues a conversation that connects the past to the future of contemporary jewellery.
– Melanie Egan, Head, Craft, Harbourfront Centre