Zilberschmuck Art Jewellery - Connection,
19 April - 30 May, 2009 Shao Design, Toronto, Ontario; review by Therese Cruz. photos by Cheryl Fraser
Despite closing its physical doors on Queen Street East two years ago, the soon-to-reopen Zilberschmuck held its fifth national jewellery exhibition, entitled “Connection”. Held at Shao Design in the Distillery District, Toronto from April 19th to May 30th, 2009, the show featured a good number of artists from all over Canada - 35 in total. Like preceding shows, this year’s theme did not fail to cause a stir in participants’ minds. The open concept allowed everyone to come up with rather interesting pieces, and even more interesting interpretations of “connection.”
The show starts off with two necklaces, made of rubber and sterling silver by NSCAD University student Joung Hye Park, entitled Both 1 & 2. They are an exploration between lines and curves intertwined together, forming a dynamic harmony which occurs in nature. Andrea Den Elzen’s necklace, Harmony and Balance, also explores the coexistence of lines and curves as a way of expression by man and nature, respectively.
Historical connections play an important role in Efrat Deutsch’s Floor Plan, a series of interconnected rings recapturing her grandparents’ floor plan of their home in Israel. It also involves actual wallpaper from the house and acts as an invitation to memories that are surrounded by these architectural features. The graduating enamel bead and pearl necklace Succession of Pearls by Alisha Marie Boyd is a homage to the style that is recurring in jewellery all throughout history, that has a contemporary feel to it.
The dependence that Man currently has on technology is effectively depicted in the piece 11111011001 by Sylvie Beaulieu. The array of figures in sterling silver and
fused glass evokes a cold feeling, portraying the warm interactions humans lose because of the said dependence. On the other hand, Karine Rodrigue’s Jardiniere Multicephale allows the wearer to interact with symbols of nature and it has a sense of surprise with its interchangeable top units. Ghazaleh Rabiei’s neckpiece H20 + Plants = Life is a testament of the connection between all natural elements and without one, the other would not exist.
Mariangela Aguirre, a student from George Brown College created a neckpiece that embodies a bond like no other
- the one of a mother and her child in the form of an umbilical cord. It is a neckpiece that creates a warm and comforting feeling, similar to that of a mother’s love for her child.
Running concurrently with “Connection” was a retrospective exhibit of solo and group shows held at Zilberschmuck’s former location. It bridged the connection between the past, present and the future of the jewellery/ art gallery, along with the personal connections owner Cheryl Fraser made in all those years at her store.
All in all, the pieces in the show definitely brought out philosophical, practical and even comical interpretations of the word “connection”, but more importantly is the fact that even though they are made by different people, they are all filled with strong feelings that are expressed through metal and other kinds of materials.
Andrea Denelzen Harmony and Balance (2009) Sterling silver, garnet, sapphires
Ghazaleh Rabiei Water + Plants = Life (2009) Sterling silver, persian turquoise
Efrat Deutsch Floor Plan (2009) Gold plate over brass, wallpaper
Last updated by MAG Tech Support Jun 21, 2010.