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EXPO ‘Jiro Kamata : Bi’ – Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam (NL) – 1er Mars-12 Avril 2014


BI at Galerie Rob Koudijs in Amsterdam.Opening reception is on 1st March at 17.00.
Opening reception is on 1st March at 17.00h
Jiro Kamata - BI
pendants BI – 2013 – silver, dichroic mirror
« For many years Jiro Kamata made the most beautiful pieces of jewellery relying on authentic camera lenses. He now abandoned the anecdotical side of these objects, but his love for glass, reflections and photography remained all-important for his inspiration. In his design he kept to a minimalistic approach, and based on these preferences he manages to turn an idea into a jewellery piece.
If an artist is looking for the essence in his work, the starting point becomes ever more crucial. Kamata’s primary concern is deciding on his working material. He must be intrigued in such a way that his imagiation starts to spark; after that, the material will lead the way. This happened this time when he discovered dichroic mirror, which is glass with a special technical finish that reflects only two colours, eliminating all others. It produces remarkably clear, yet surprising reflections. Caught in just a simple, forged silver setting the artist managed to capture the alluring effect of free floating soapbubbles.
The brooches in the exhibition are more complex. They are made up from several layers of glass and foil which are visually interacting. Kamata based his designs on something called the bokeh-effect, derived from the Japanese word ‘boke’, which means ‘blur’ or ‘haze’. We know it as the almost downy, often colourful circles visible in photographs when the lens renders out-of-focus points of light. These pieces of jewellery emphasize the importance of looking at the actual object: only then can the refined play of light be experienced. The title of the exhibition ‘Bi’ refers not only to the two colours reflected or the two layers of glass encased in the brooches, but also to reality as we know it and the fairytale world summoned in the jewellery. » Ward Schrijver  (© Galerie Rob Koudijs)

Jiro Kamata - BI - necklaceJiro Kamata – necklace 2013  Bi  – silver, dichroic mirror

 Jiro Kamata - brooch 2014 Bi b05 silver, dichroic mirror, foil Jiro Kamata - brooch 2014 -  Bi b05  - silver, dichroic mirror, foil
Jiro Kamata  brooch 2014 Bi b03 silver, dichroic mirror,  foil
Jiro Kamata - brooch 2014  - Bi b03 – silver, dichroic mirror, foil


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