Thanks to everyone that came and made our opening special!
Thanks to everyone that came and made our opening special!
A chain is a series of connected links which are typically made of metal. But it can also be a food chain, mountain chain or a chain of thought. It is in this wider sense the students have approached the theme.
Opening on the 11th of April at 17.00. Speech by professor Karen Pontoppidan at 18.00
Opening hours is weekdays between 9.00 and 16.00 until the 18th of April
12 thoughts on Schmuck from the perspective of the teaching staff
1. “Bucks ‘N Barter” was our favorite exhibition this year. It contained an urgency of relating to current situations in the society that made it relevant and strong as a collection of different artistic positions, which is something we often missed in other shows. Great work.
2. The Party – again this year Fredrik became the title of being the “night professor” of Ädellab – meaning representing the teaching staff in all party stuff – and Henrik volunteered as support. The rumors confirm that they did a great job!
3. Friday the 8th was international Women’s Day, so we chose to examine the current Schmuck presentations from this perspective. Sadly but not to our surprise most presentations and in particular most catalogues do in no way relate to the subject of gender issues. Why is it, that the jewellery scene seem so resistant to relate to issues of great relevance for the rest of the world?
4. Otto Künzli presented a very impressive retrospective in the pinakothek called “The Exhibition”. Not only do the pieces reflect a lifetime’s experience and discourse on jewellery, they also reflect an artistic approach of making absolutely no compromises. As Fredrik expressed it; if it has to be gold it is gold – no matter the consequences! Or according to Damian Skinner: “Otto Kunzli’s exhibition at Die Neue Sammlung was an opportunity to come face to face with a body of jewellery that has been incredibly influential in defining what contemporary jewellery is – and can be. It was, among other things, a lesson in total commitment and rigour. Kunzli’s exhibition showed that the quality of his work comes from how hard he pushes his ideas, never stopping until all aspects of the piece have been resolved.”
5. Royal College in London were given the opportunity to present themselves this year at the Pinakothek. Since the building is closed for renovation the assignment were rather difficult, but the program developed an innovative concept of presenting on the trees – so to speak – surrounding Otto’s exhibition with a big pearl necklace of student’s work. Great idea, but in our opinion the presentation suffered from a lack of care in the details, since the artistic work seemed more to be fillings than the purpose of the presentation.
6. Again this year Schmuck gave us the opportunity to meeting former students. Dana, Hannah, Sylvia, Nicolas, Beatrice and many more, came and exhibited their work. And great work it was! Talking with them made us feel proud of what we do at Ädellab, and many of them expresses happiness with the education they received. Maybe this can give hope to the students – current struggling with us – too?
7. Warwich Freeman gave a wonderful lecture about his work on Sunday morning. His work is impressive, tender and beautiful, but for us the main quality was to understand how much his jewellery is relating to the given surrounding situations in which it was created. His work relates to the culture in which he lives and by doing so it is also addresses universal aspects such as artistic work’s role in the society.
8. We had dinner with Damian Skinner and as often we had great inspiring discussions about the contemporary field of jewellery. Damian challenge us to think and re-think positions in a very fruitful way. His knowledge about the field but also his position as “jewellery-reflector-enfant terrible” is very appreciated by the staff at Ädellab!
9. Karen spend the Friday afternoon in the jury of the Talente-price. This year none of the former Ädellab students had been accepted to the exhibition and therefore there were also no prices for “Ädellabbers” to fight for. What a sad situation! In the past years several former students got prices, such as Amba, Beatrice, Nadine (just to mention some). Either few applied, or the Talente selection was made badly this year, we do not know the reasons. Talente is however a very good opportunity for you to show your work and as long as Karen is willing to engage in the price-jury work, who knows what you could get out of it?
10. Helena Lehtinen from Finland won one of the three Herbert-Hofmann-prices at Schmuck. What a great choice of the jury! We very much cherish Helena, not only as a friend and former colleaque at Ädellab but also as an amazing, authentic artist.
11. It was interesting to reflect on Schmuck and the role it has become within the field. Clearly Schmuck is currently the most important international event for artistic jewellery and we appreciate the many opportunities it offers; seeing exhibitions and meeting artists, students, collectors and gallery-owners from all over the world. We do however find it important to look at Schmuck also with a critical eye. Schmuck is an internal celebration of contemporary jewellery, which is ok, but it is also confirming a particular movement or jewellery approach, which will not support the coming generations of artist very well. It is however crucial to come here, but please be critical!
12. We teachers went early to the fair on Saturday morning (tough for Fredrik) in order for us to look at the selected work for Schmuck before the masses appear. As in the later years each of us choose a piece we found particularly strong or particularly disappointing to present to the rest of the group. Our discussions are done in Swedish (tough for Karen) to secure some privacy, but here is our list of chosen work: Fredrik: Melanie Bilenke, Tobias: Sally Marsland, Miro: Nanna Melland, Karen: Luzia Vogt, Henrik: Yeonkyung Kim. So check out the work and make up you own opinion!
Better listen carefully when our professor is making a point.
It’s cloudy outside but it’s getting brighter day by day. The days are getting longer and you can feel some energy slipping back into our workspaces at Ädellab. In the yearplan of MA1 it says “Week 7: Studio Work”. This is the period of time when we can realize our own projects, manage our own time. Some of us work in the mornings, others late in the evenings. We don’t always see each other, but the piles of materials and ongoing work on our desks keeps growing…
We are the third year bachelor students of Ädellab. We are eight artists with eight different approaches to the jewellery and corpus field.
Right now we are in the middle of our exam year, which (here at Ädellab) is known as the MAKE year. This is the year when we are supposed to “wrap it up”, to bring our education, personal experiences and acquired skills together to form a coherent body of work that is our exam project.
This is the year when we thought we would know it all. Now we realize that there is no universal truth other than that we all create our own reality.
This is us.
“It’s valuable to be in a place where others are as passionate about jewellery and making as I am. I feel like we push and inspire each other to work hard.”
“The last subwaytrain leaves Telefonplan at 00:41. There is a serious atmosphere at Ädellab, a high commitment from the students’ side. If you engage fully you can get so much out of this education, but it’s up to you, and the last subwaytrain leaves Telefonplan at 00:41.”
“Commitment with ourselves, commitment with our goals as individuals looking for something else, something that is not obvious yet, that is not clear at all but that makes us believe.”
“It feels good not to be alone with your commitment, but surrounded by committed people, who understands your interest. There isn’t such a weekend you would be alone at school. Moreover, it’s not only about me or you, but about us, who want to effect on and to the field in the future.”
“I have such a short time here, and I have so much that I want to achieve, learn and accomplish. Another week pass and I wonder if it was really well spent time…. Did I do enough? Have I sucked out everything I can from this opportunity? Lack of inspiration when it was most needed. An idea that didn’t please my critical eye. Another week passed.”
“Why speak about frustration? Is a part of our process to feel frustration? I don’t like to talk about frustration. It is a about our state of change, it is about our constant states of changing, discovering, and unresolved problems during our process but it is not about depression, neither anxiety in the bad sense of those words.”
“I don’t think Ädellab is a place for those, who are afraid of challenges and frustration, but for those who are willing to face hardships and grow through them. It’s unavoidable. In frustration you need to trust to yourself.”
“The frustration is constant.”
“I’m surrounded by machines and messiness. The restrains, the limitations exists in my head but I’m working my way around them.”
“There isn’t a strict tradition here where it’s “better” to use precious materials or stones, it’s almost the other way around. I’ve gotten the impression that there’s a preference towards non precious materials and abstract work which excludes some techniques and materials.”
“For me, being at Ädellab is a unique experience; its progressive working environment encourages me to experiment with exciting materials and new techniques.”
“A place where everything can happen. Learning from each step. Observing, taking notes, comparing, making experiments, thinking, doing, researching, having discussions. Trusting in that process. With commitment and sometimes with frustration, the place where everything happens and everything is possible. For me a labratory is to re-make-re-think-re-start over and over again.”