Where is the GOLD?

Sep

19-24

2015

Sat 6pm-9pm, Sun-Thu 10am-6pm

Free Event

http://whereisthegold.net

Exhibition

As a group of Jewellery and Metals MA students from the Royal College of Art, we use a question as a starting point for all visitors, in order to reconsider the value of the idolised, stereotypically precious material. What place does it have in jewellery today? Where is the Gold?

Where is the Gold?

Value, power, and divinity; it has influenced humans for thousands of years. It continues to be seen as one of our most precious metals. The pursuit for wealth, a search for a prosperous future and riches beyond the wildest dreams has torn people from their homes and families.

Like the sun it shines bright in our eyes, we are reminded of legends of treasure. The material itself is flexible like the chords of a violin. Today the color is commonly seen in our everyday life: painted details of public spaces, plated plastic adornment in a pretentious game of status, like a child’s fascination wearing its mother’s jewelry.

As a group of MA students from the Royal College of Art, we are committed to exploring the rich and diverse field of adornment and object culture, using various materials as tools and differing techniques as methods. We originate from the tradition that Jewellery Artists have carried out for decades: to question the importance of conventional materials and exchanged them for others, to explore the preciousness in jewelry as a phenomenon.

In our exhibition we use a question as a starting point for all visitors, in order to reconsider the value of the idolized, stereotypically precious material. We hide the gold from the viewer to set off an effort to see the true value that gold historically has meant to become the treasured material it is today, a value of the non-material.

What place does it have in jewelry today? How important is its authenticity? Where is the Gold?

Royal College of Art - Jewellery and Metals

As a group of MA students from the Royal College of Art, we are committed to exploring the rich and diverse field of adornment and object culture, using various materials as tools and differing techniques as methods. We originate from the tradition that Jewellery Artists have carried out for decades: to question the importance of conventional materials and exchanged them for others, to explore the preciousness in jewelry as a phenomenon.

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