MATERIAL REVOLUTION

Pistachios 2019 SNAG Special Feature, Material Revolution, will showcase the exploration of non-traditional materials in contemporary jewelry while utilizing color and texture from 7 international artists. On display by Karin Roy Andersson, Emmeline Hastings, Yong Joo Kim, Seulgi Kwon, Jounghye Park, Karen Vanmol, and Snem Yildirim will be innovative art jewelry alongside their wearable counterparts.  
 
Opening Reception: May 23rd, 5PM - 8PM
Show Run: May 15th - June 2nd
 

More About The Artists

Karin Roy Andersson


 

"The urge to repeat movements over and over again, methodically and resolutely is something that is significant for both my personality and my work. Running kilometre after kilometre or slowly sewing one element to another one by one until they finally make a big shape hundreds of plastic scales. Multiplicity and recurrence attract me. The variations between the details become important creating patterns and rhythms. My aim is to make jewellery where dynamic patterns form harmony and balance.

 

I grew up in Umeå, Sweden, where I was born in 1983. I studied at the Natural Science programme, convinced that I would become a mathematician or a doctor, but in 2003 I moved to Göteborg and started at the jewellery department at HDK.

 

To me jewellery is communication. The life of a piece starts with an idea or when experimenting with a material. When the finished piece meets an audience another process starts. My experiences are mixed with the thoughts and associations of others and the object develops. The intimate connection to a wearer and a body makes the relation to the recipient very special."

 

 

Emmeling Hastings

 

With a background in sculpture, award-winning UK artist Emmeline Hastings demonstrates a unique approach to jewellery. Graduating in 2009 she has contributed to major UK and international exhibitions to great acclaim. Her work is part of many personal collections as well as that of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. 

Her pieces capture fleeting moments; something glimpsed and remembered. Her ephemeral jewels reveal rough crystalline forms, surfaces dotted bristling with glittering metallic elements that shift and change in color and perspective. Working in perspex acrylic, her pieces are light and wearable with mysterious patterns of gold and silver seemingly organic to the form. 

“All of my work shares an ephemeral quality while being eminently wearable. I create mysterious miniature landscapes through a unique visual language. I hope to make associations with varying natural phenomenon through this individual making process."

 

Yong Joo Kim

"A native of Seoul, Korea, Yong Joo Kim received her MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a Society of Arts and Crafts and NICHE award-winning artist with an extensive record of exhibitions across Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia. Considered a pioneer in the use of hook-and-loop fasteners as material for art, Yong Joo crosses the genre of both wearable sculpture and installations. Her work appears in the permanent collection of Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), Victoria and Albert Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Art Bank (MMCA), and Velcro Group.
While most would find the material unattractive, mundane, or insignificant, she has continually produced beautiful work inspired by the qualities of uncovered from within the Velcro. She leverages her interaction with the material to improvise, letting herself be surprised. She finds such a relationship between mastery, variety, and sustainability fascinating. Art that provides us with experiences of sublime, inspiration, and beauty, which helps us realize that there still exists infinite possibilities." 

 

Seulgi Kwon

 

"As root of subject matter of art, nature provided infinite possibility of creation and we created artworks based on continuous study and experience toward art from past to present. In the past, roots were selected within the scope that can be experienced visually but due to development of science technology even microscopic parts are used as subject matter of art. Together with development of natural science, visual images that were not experienced in the past were created and this helped us to cause new imagination to us. Based on these experiences, we are able to create organic form in a new viewpoint which is different from the past.

There are organisms that pursue changes while it complies to certain rule known as order and harmony within the nature. These organisms are consists of cells. Unit cells itself shows various change in forms at each stage during the course of creation, grow, division, and extinction. The course of change gives fantasy about unpredictable ‘organism’ and organic form itself of cells which are basic unit of life formation contain element of infinite fantasy.

By analyzing cell form and shape through basic element of model, I arranged shape trait of cell as line, form and color. I used it as basic shape measure and instead of reproduce it as itself I expressed 2nd dimensional image that can be considered from the subject.

I actively expressed organic movement of cell with its mysterious color and its constant changing form by using silicone which is synthetic resins as its major component, and made spectator and wearer to feel interest by texture and materiality and transparency of silicone."

 

Jounghye Park

"I was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1972. The recipient of a graduate degree in Metalwork and Jewelry from Kookmin University, and I studied as an exchange student for a year at Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design in Halifax, Canada.

I have been researching the combination of fiber and metal materials to create new jewelry forms. I’m drawn to silk for its countless color possibilities and its near-weightlessness—ideal for my jewelry, which emphasizes size and volume. After dyeing the silk, I make small units that resemble the roots, stems, shrubs, berries, and thorns of plants. I create my own unique jewelry form by composition of various elements of a plant made by hand-dyed silk.

To me, plants are beautiful and mysterious, and when I stare silently at them I can leave reality for a moment and be comforted.

I won the Gold Prize at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale ion 2013, and have won 11 awards at domestic and foreign contest over the past decade. Recently, I Participated in ‘Schmuck’ in Munich, and Victoria & Albert Museum in London one of the Korean jewelry artists who selected by Korea Craft & design Foundation. I also was invited in a number of contemporary jewelry exhibitions and fair, including the JOYA Barcelona Art Jewelry Fair, as well as European cities such as Porto, Turin(Italy) and Rome. I was part of the Triple Parade Biennial, which is being held at the How Art Museum in Shanghai and I was invited to LOOT, MAD(Museum of Arts and Design) about Jewelry Event, in New York. "

 

Karen Vanmol

"Born in Leuven Belgium in 1983. I grew up in Meldert-Hoegaarden, a small village with 300 residents at that time. The city was too inviting so after a short stop in Leuven I lived and worked in Antwerp for 12 years. But in the end I moved back closer to my family.

As in my earlier work, I find my inspiration in architecture and nature. Except that everything continues to evolve and change. A city without a little nature works claustrophobic for me, but a nature landscape with no sign of humanity is too quiet for me. Protecting or imitating nature, the use of natural materials in architecture, the restoring of a road surface, accidental strong shapes on a construction site, these things I find very interesting.

On my way through town, I hunt and collect. I always encounter interesting images that I use as an inspiration. In addition, there is a certain choice of materials and colors, these are strongly influenced by memories. For example the necklaces, furniture in different colors, certain constructions. I have my story and the viewer projects its own story on top of mine.

I always start from my sources of inspiration, with these eyes I look around me. Next to that I make jewellery and I like to use my tools and try out how materials reacts to them. Eventually I work with materials, and that provides an additional factor. I find out the properties they possess and how I can edit them and this will count in the final result. Some techniques I use are common and you can find them in your house.

Naturally I tend to work clean and delineated, here I try to go outside of my  comfort zone."

 

Snem Yildirim


"I’ve graduated from Gazi University Department of Architecture in 2010. In 2011 I gain a scholarship and started to study Architectural Design Master Program at Istanbul Bilgi University where I met with several machines, materials and items used to make models.
Two years later in 2013 I attend to “Detay Product Design Contest” and gain another scholarship at Footwear and Accessories Design Program at Istanbul Moda Academy in partnership with the University of the Arts London.

During these periods I was also working as an architect but at some point where I needed to express myself, the jewelry came into play as a means of expression. I have realized that I can express myself better with jewelry and I became freer. And in 2016 I set up my contemporary jewelry studio.

Currently I work at my studio and practices art as a member of Yaygara Contemporary Art Initiative. On the other hand I am visiting lecturer at Gazi University, Architecture Department.
For me contemporary jewelry is the way to express my self, more than an adornment and not seperated from contemporary art.
I create by taking inspiration from the cultural texture and the geography I live in. I experience the materials and production techniques by blending the contrasts.
All series are the reflection of the issues that I am sensitive / interested in.
Kanavice Series: When I began to interest in and started to search the origin of the handicrafts, I found that Kanavice (a kind of embroidery) points out a very significant gender inequality (problem). Varying from region to region, even village to village, Kanavice flowers included problems that women could not even talk about. And  women (as a part of nature) used Kanavice flowers as a tool for expression for centuries. They expressed themselves onto motifs and therefore each motif corresponded to a different problem or feeling. As a woman, I reinterpret the Kanavice Embroidery & stylized flowers and I (as a part of nature) tell my story by using the transformed Kanavice Flowers. "