Contemporary Art Jewellery on Display in Montreal
Earrings, like many of the things we wear, are more than simple objects of adornment. They provide all sorts of clues into who we are as people and as a culture. Throughout the earring’s 7,000 year history, it has held many different meanings: it has symbolized a right of passage, a talisman, symbolized wealth and prosperity, and at times has been banned for religious and political reasons. As the only piece of popular jewellery that requires physical intervention into the body, it has always symbolized more than just decoration.
Montreal’s Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h is currently showcasing an exhibit that offers a unique and contemporary exploration of the earring aesthetic. The show, called the International Earring Exhibition, explores the symbols and techniques used in contemporary art jewellery, and features over 200 pieces from 27 different international artists. It runs until May 4, 2014.
Although throughout history, all sorts of materials have made an appearance in the form – the most popular being various metals, pearls and precious stones – in recent decades, more unusual materials have been used. This collection’s pieces are made from traditional materials, as well as more modern plastics, silicone and porcelain, and represent the broad scope of artists who operate in the field.