May 2014

Peter Hoogeboom and Shu-Lin Wu: Greenware, Crockery, Chinawear

Peter HoogeboomPeter Hoogeboom and Shu-Lin Wu have collaborated on an exhibition at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in Montreal, Canada. They both work with ceramics and participated in the Un Peu de Terre sur la Peau, where they met. The rest is history and a fascinating one at that.

This show will travel on to venues in the US, Thailand, China, and the Netherlands.

Susan Cummins: When did you two meet?

Peter Hoogeboom: We met some years ago in France, when the first edition of the exhibition Un Peu de Terre sur la Peau was shown in Limoges. We stayed in the same hotel there, so we talked at breakfast and also did things together during the days, apart from the exhibition things. For instance, we went to a cemetery known for its porcelain decorations and plaques on the graves. (Limoges is the porcelain city of France.) Shu-Lin decided to visit me after I returned home, so a few days later I showed her around in Amsterdam. When the show went to Taiwan at the end of 2011, Katja Prins and I were invited to attend, and Shu-Lin showed us around in Taipei.


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Getulio Alviani, Monorecchio

How useful are ideas of discipline in interpreting jewelry? In our increasingly post-disciplinary climate, differentiating between the realms that create and critique jewelry could seem no longer valid. Yet, some jewelry suggests that considering disciplines discretely can still be useful, particularly when authors engage with different disciplines to create objects unusual or overlooked in jewelry

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Bruno Martinazzi: Vivere Essere Volere Bene

Bruno MartinazziEllen Maurer Zilioli has curated a show of the work of Bruno Martinazzi called Vivere Essere Volere Bene, which translates to something like “To Live, To exist, To Love: for the Pinacoteca Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti in Turin. This city has been Martinazzi’s home base for most of his life, so at 90-years-old, they are celebrating him. Martinazzi is a unique figure in the art world and one with a philosophical bent. I was very pleased to have his answers to some of my questions.

Susan Cummins: You are now 90-years-old, and you have accomplished many things in your lifetime. What are you most proud of?

Bruno Martinazzi: To get my ideas across, I cite Gianbattista Vico, an Italian philosopher and author of the volume Principi di Scienza Nuova, written between 1725 and 1744. In Volume 1, Part II, line 3, he writes, “First human beings hear without attention, then they keep attention with confused and touched souls, and finally, they reflect with pure minds.” From that principle, art and poems take form.


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Beth Ann Gerstein and Fabio J. Fernández

Fabio J. Fernández (left), Beth Ann Gerstein (right), photo: Céline Browning When I visited The Society of Arts and Crafts gallery space to interview Executive Director Beth Ann Gerstein and Exhibition Gallery Director Fabio J. Fernández, the comfortable, open three-room space looked like Christmas morning. Piles of discarded wrappings littered the floor and brightly colored

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I am an Authentic Maker

Benjamin Lignel and Namita Wiggers, Art Jewelry Forum Speakers Tour, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, 22nd October 2013 In the fall of 2013, several contributors to the AJF book Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective toured North America to present the publication. Editor Damian Skinner spoke at Pratt and at the Renwick Gallery. Museum of Contemporary Craft

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Damian Skinner’s Workshop at University of the Arts

Damian Skinner, Art Jewelry Forum Speakers Tour, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 23, 2013 Dr. Damian Skinner, renowned writer, contemporary jewelry critic, and editor of Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, recently led a workshop for students in the jewelry/metals program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His intent was to reshape

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Texts and Pretexts

Art Jewelry Forum Speakers Tour, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, October 14–16, 2013 The San Diego State University jewelry and metalwork program had the pleasure of hosting Benjamin Lignel, editor of Art Jewelry Forum and contributing writer to Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, for two days this October. Lignel gave a lecture on the

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Jorunn Veiteberg, Juror for Schmuck 2014

Exhibition view, Schmuck Sonderschau (special exhibition) 2014, curated by Jorunn Veiteberg, arranged by Alexandra Bahlmann, Handwerksmesse, Munich, photo: Eva Jünger, München The exhibition has long been considered to be the jewelry equivalent of Michelin stars. Clearly, the accolade signals a form of artistic excellence and sets a standard for the field on a global level.

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