David Rodríguez Caballero 1 de Noviembre de 2.014, 2014 18kt rose gold ring 75.40 grams; 43.6 x 45 x 19.8 mm David Rodriguez Caballero is renowned for his geometrically reduced forms, which have been translated into a new formal vocabulary linked to Minimalism. The themes explored by his wearable art, like his sculptures, recall a Constructivism that has been subject to a sense of lyricism and softness that originates from painting. Geometric abstraction is one of the important paths of modern painting and sculpture—it is also important to contemporary music with its streaked structures and colourful overtones. In his wearable art, David Rodriguez Caballero brings his aesthetic obsessions to the third dimension, exploring materials, and the relationship between meaning and object, support and form, dream and paranoia. Caballero manipulates light through his bending and folding of material.
Kendell Geers The Word (Love) Made Flesh, 2019 Silver and enamel pendant 7 x 7.4cm Edition of 20 Signed and numbered The Word (Love) Made Flesh collection consists of a pendant and cufflinks featuring an intricate figurine-like design derived from the ‘Hwe Mu Dua’ (‘measuring stick’) symbol – the West African Andrinka symbol of excellence and perfection. The pendant beautifully displays different brightly coloured patterns on each side, whereas the cufflinks reveal positive and negative black and images. These spiritually charged wearable sculptures cannot, however, be categorised as either European or African, but are rather representative of an interplay between cultures, archetypal signs, and sacred symbols. In the true spirit of Kendell Geers, the archetypal trickster, the ancient African symbols featured in The Word (Love) Made Flesh have been refashioned in an Afropunk style and spell out the word ‘LOVE.’ The Word (Love) Made Flesh thus epitomises the artist’s tendency to subvert ancient iconography by embracing both traditional and contemporary African aesthetics. As the title suggests, The Word (Love) Made Flesh invites the wearer to search for the hidden word within the figure. Words that reoccur throughout the artist’s works include ‘LOVE,’ ‘HATE,’ ‘FAITH,’ ‘FUCK,’ and ‘FREE,’ among others. The pendant and cufflinks can […]
Ai Weiwei Ring W and Ring M, 2018 24kt yellow gold rings 2.48 x 2.88 x 1.65 cm; 2.72 x 3.04 x 1.86 cm edition of 6 (per model) After three years of intense artistic and social commitment, Ai Weiwei returns to create unique jewels with the purity of 24kt gold that can be worn by women and men. The exclusive project, which includes two models of rings, realized in an edition of 6 pieces each, reflects the artist’s concern about the human condition, the awareness of what it means to be trapped, bound, and deprived of the freedom to travel and to determine one’s own existence. Inspired by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and the processing of gold in ancient Greece, the rings continue the artist’s research on human migration – as witnessed in the artist’s ground-breaking documentary ‘Human Flow’ (2017). The wearable artworks are representative of Ai Weiwei’s sensitivity to the duality of human nature, with its capacity for nurture and kindness on one hand yet destruction and cruelty on the other. In the centre of the ring’s face, depictions of migrants’ stories unfold under a mysterious half-moon: by foot or by sea, some are portrayed travelling together and others alone. Ai […]