“Experimental Sidestep” in jewellery

From May 19 until July 3, 2017 Art gallery Putti (Riga, Latvia) presents artist group exhibition “Experimental sidestep”. For the first time, Ritums Ivanovs and a group of other accomplished Latvian artists will present a piece of jewellery that they have made, and jewellery artists will present a painting. For the exhibition, painter Ritums Ivanovs specially created a ring and a bracelet that continued emotion reflection, a feature so characteristic to Ritums paintings. At the same time the artist continued searching for different forms of expression and symbols. "In jewellery, I am fascinated by the radiance of gold and the plasticity of the image. Through the creation of a piece of jewellery, a new dimension of the concept appeared. The ring is made of a precious metal that is new for me; the material made it possible to show light in a way that painting really can not. I wanted to keep the symbolic meaning of the Sun in a small carry-along format."
This unique exhibition is sort of a challenge for the artists – to step out of the usual frameworks of expression and try out new creative forms and techniques. Art gallery Putti asked artists to be brave and to widen their artistic borders. Experimental sidestep can be a beginning of unexpected further creative quests, or it can stay as one-time adventurous experience or even as a positive joke.

Acknowledged Latvian artists will speak in the language of jewellery. They will express their thoughts, emotions and viewpoints through one of the most intimate artistic creations. Jewellery differs from other genres of art in the aspect of being in direct physical contact with body. Body can be anatomical, intimate, social, political or symbolic. Sometimes it can be substance, other times material. Body’s adornment will always be jewellery’s basic function, but it can also be a sculpture, installation, a performance. Gold, silver, jewels, semi-precious stones, beach pebbles, resin, feathers, charcoal, leather, paintings, paper and many more other materials have been intuitively used by artists to state their conceptual or formal intentions. This shows that artists don’t have an ambition to be liked by everyone. They have made jewellery that provokes thought, digs deeper, brings out a smile and instigates a provocation.

Whereas our Latvian contemporary jewellery designers will take paint brushes in their hands. Jewellery design often sublimes into other art genres, as sculpture, photo, video media and paintings. Therefore, one must conclude that the status of an art object cannot be determined only after its creation technique or appearance. This time jewellery designers will create only visually enjoyable jewels.

Exhibition participants:

Artists – Anna Baklāne, Ieva Bondare, Kristians Brekte, Patrīcija Brekte, Diāna Dimza-Dimme, Anna Heinrihsone, Helēna Heinrihsone, Ieva Iltnere, Zane Iltnere, Ritums Ivanovs, Frančeska Kirke, Roberts Koļcovs, Sandra Krastiņa, Daiga Krūze, Paulis Liepa, Ieva Maurīte, Elizabete Melbārzde, Ģirts Muižnieks, Elita Patmalniece, Aivars Vilipsons, Andris Vītoliņš, Paula Zariņa-Zēmane, Vija Zariņa, Kaspars Zariņš, Dace Zilgalve, fashion brand MAREUNROL’S and jewellery designers – Valdis Brože, Andris Lauders un Guntis Lauders.

Mākslas galerija Putti is located at Peitavas iela 5-31, Rīga, Latvija

More info: Putti website
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