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RING TALK - Karl Fritsch


Karl Fritsch makes rings. Obsessively and stubbornly Karl Fritsch is constantly renewing himself, always reinventing new styles, exploring new paths. Throughout a career spanning over 20 years and across the planet, from his homeland Germany to New Zealand, Karl Fritsch developed a very strong identity and carved for himself a place of choice on the contemporary jewelry scene, sometimes intruding successfully in the contemporary art scene.

Karl Fritsch makes rings that talk; each have an expression of their own. Maybe because they bear fingerprints, filing marks, discarded material and found objects, maybe because they tell a lot about passion, decisions and uniqueness.

The eye is caught by their irregularity, unconventional stone-settings and rough textures, points and nails, pierced stones. They embed the whole history of jewelry from primitive ornaments to industrial plastic accessories. Karl Fritsch’s rings are communication tools.

For the exhibition Ring Talk, we have selected a series of rings that feature glyphs, figures and words. Sometimes explicit, sometimes naïve, sometimes cryptic, all of these pieces are signs of a will to bring "hand talk" to another level and explore one more new direction in jewelry. One can see in this selection the influence of our contemporary digital world, where digits and codes are defining our identity and directing our actions. In a context of identity crisis, when every item we choose and wear has a meaning; jewelry remains at the forefront of non-verbal communication and identity.

Surrounded by advertisings, protest banners, graffiti, branded clothes, message t-shirts, tattooed limbs and an incessant stream of social network status update;  our ways of conveying a message have switched from symbolism and discretion to very literal and straightforward. Karl Fritsch’s rings are part of this “very straightforwardly and publicly expressing myself out loud” game. Opinions and messages change as fast as switching t-shirt, or erasing a tweet. But one thing is sure : when all these digital, textile and paper messages will have vanished, Karl Fritsch‘s metal rings and their meaning will remain.

Later Event: December 14
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