|Danner Rotunda with jewelry cases lining the wall…
|…and around the circumference of the gallery.
|The charismatic Karl Fritsch, curator of the Danner Rotunda, discussing his choices with AJF members.
We also had the pleasure of meeting with Karen Pontoppidan, an artist and professor at the Konstfack in Stockholm whose graduating class has curated “Ädellab-The State of Things” an exhibition of their graduation work. The idea behind the show is quite simple: 40 students exhibit their graduate work (both Bachelor’s and Master’s) from the last five years. The installation was just as unique as the work presented. A giant knotted ball of red rope, symbolizing the program and its students, with rope coming undone and spreading in all directions represents the students leaving their cocoon and going off in all different directions. The name “Ädellab”, the invention of Pontoppidan’s predecessor Ruudt Peters, means “precious laboratory”, which is very fitting considering the work that is done there.
|The Addelab installation at the Pinakothek
An in-depth article on the Danner Rotunda and Ädellab will be published on the AJFs’s website in the coming months. More info on Ädellab: http://www.adellab.se/
|“Inside the studio”: David Bielander holding his recent work, The Python. This piece is meant to be worn around the neck akin to a necklace. As one can imagine, the effect is very dramatic. Although it is hard to tell in this photo, the python is a silvery-purple color. Photo courtesy of the AJF.
As a side note, I just read that Caroline Van Hoek of Brussels will be showing Bielander’s work (including The Python) in her booth at the Pavilion of Art and Design in Paris, March 28th-April 1st.
|The Jewelry Department’s studio space at the Munich Art Academy
|The Wall of Fame outside of the Jewelry Department’s classrooms at the Munich Art Academy. Every visitor to the program has left some sort of momento on that wall.
We also got the opportunity to learn more about Kamata’s work. Since 2008 Kamata has been using camera lenses to make necklaces and brooches. Currently there are over 150 lenses in his possession. Kamata uses the lens in its entirety, never altering it but painting the background various colors to achieve a unique work of art each time. Kamata gave as a tour of the facilities, which unfortunately were practically empty as students were away for spring break or busy showing their work around the city due to Schmuck.
|Jiro Kamata during his presentation to the AJF
|A Kamata “arabesque” made of a camera lens
However we were lucky enough to meet Attai Chen, last year’s recipient of the Hofmann prize working in his studio. Chen showed us his recent work, “Compounding Fractions” a series of brooches made from recycled paper, which will be on view in the US through Gallery Loupe. Chen also demonstrated for us his use of the “mouth-blowing torch” whereby he blows air into the mouth pipe which is connected to gas and produces a flame to solder metals. Chen recently wrote about his favorite tool for the AJF blog.
|Attai Chen demonstrating the use of the mouth-blowing torch to solder metal
|Two brooches by Attai Chen from the “Compounding Fractions” series
Prior to heading over to dinner at a party hosted by the AJF at Cohen’s we visited Gallery Spektrum for the opening of Ruudt Peters’ exhibition and the Residenz to see the work of Gerd Rothman, Robert Baines and Karl Fritsch.