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EXPO ‘FELIX LINDNER New jewellery’ – Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam (NL) – 16 Avril-21 Mai 2011

Classé dans : Exposition/Exhibition,Felix LINDNER (DE),Gal. Rob Koudijs (NL),Hollande (NL) — bijoucontemporain @ 0:04

FrontRoom: FELIX LINDNER   New jewellery

« The strip cartoonists of the mid-twentieth century were masters in the art of abstract presentation of actions and emotions. Their style of drawing is a source of inspiration for Felix Lindner. Which does not imply that his jewellery simply recounts familiar stories. In Lindner’s work shapes and colours are always clearly defined – as in the picture language of comic strips – but the meaning is rarely unequivocal. He creates suggestive images that are intriguing, not easily surrendering their secrets. His jewellery offers the viewer the freedom to make personal associations.

Felix Lindner’s style of working is characterized by the scrupulous treatment of materials and how to interconnect them. He will often take an existing object, sought or found, as starting point for a new work. His technical ingenuity, however, is always directed towards the desired result, and the unique backing of each brooch is only known to the person wearing it. It is a secret asset, like the personal significance a piece of jewellery has for its owner. »

Felix Lindner Pimp my ride’  



Elandsgracht 12
1016 TV Amsterdam
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EXPO ‘Inter-Act (past present and future)’ – Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam (NL) – 5 Mars-9 Avril 2011

Classé dans : Exposition/Exhibition,Gal. Rob Koudijs (NL),Hollande (NL),Katja PRINS (NL) — bijoucontemporain @ 18:33

Saturday the 5th of March Katja Prins solo exhibition ‘Inter-Act (past present and future)‘ will open at Galerie Rob Koudijs between 17.00 and 19.00 hours : you’re all cordially invited!
The exhibition runs from 5-3-2011 till 9-4-2011
« nexus » serie : « in search of a connection «



Galerie Rob Koudijs
Elandsgracht 12
1016 TV Amsterdam
T +31 (0)20 331 87 96
M +31 (0)6 139 05 554



EXPO ‘Octavia Cook: Coup de grâce’ – Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam (NL) – 15 Janv.-26 Fevr. 2011

 Octavia Cook: Coup de grâce

« Brand names are looming increasingly large in everyday life. Bags, shoes, clothes: all are linked to a brand which in its turn serves as a code. To test the role of jewellery in this power game the New-Zealand artist Octavia COOK transformed her production line into an imaginary, multinational, luxury brand called Cook & Co (with Tiffany & Co at the back of her mind).
From this concept an remarkable collection of jewellery has been created over the last five years, every item of course bearing a logo and other forms of corroborating testimonial. The pieces, for the most part executed in synthetic materials, denote traditional values like power (HRH Elizabeth II), history (captain James Cook) and vanitas symbolism. As far as the design is concerned the archetypal cameo brooch has often been used as a basis. The large folder that will appear in conjunction with the exhibition documents the many facets of the entire Cook & Co-dynasty range.
In the meantime the Cook & Co bubble is about to burst: this original idea has not been able to weather the storm of other contemporary phenomena like terrorism. Cook & Co is therefore making a new start with an experimental line: there are rumoura about explosions, fires and attacks. Octavia Cook’s jewellery challenging for the mind as well as providing a feast for the eyes..  » - Ward Schrijver (© Galerie Rob Koudijs)
Octavia COOK- Necklace- Cook Brand Firecrackers – silver, shrink wrap
Octavia COOK-  brooch ‘Perforated Imperator’




Galerie Rob Koudijs
Elandsgracht 12
1016TV – Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)20 331 87 96
Telephone: +31 (0)6 139 05 554


Sebastian Buescher, from the sandy shores of exotic getaways

«  If you are landlocked, working, or just can’t make it to the beach this summer, at least you can enjoy jewelry collected from the sandy shores of exotic getaways. Sebastian Buescher employs mementos combed from the beaches of Thailand and India » (summer 2010 – Velvet da Vinci Gallery)

Sebastian Buescher, from the sandy shores of exotic getaways dans ceramique 35277_440687289533_111933119533_5967089_2873156_n
Sebastian Buescher – Brooch

35277_440687294533_111933119533_5967090_3497753_n dans COUP DE COEUR
Sebastian Buescher‘Clown Fury’ brooch – Ceramic, granulex, crab claw, seeds, metal

SB2_0 dans Gal. Alternatives (IT)
Sebastian Buescher brooch - Wood, porcelain, resin, silver, ceramic components – 2007

35277_440687309533_111933119533_5967093_2498616_n dans Gal. Rob Koudijs (NL)
Sebastian Buescher – Brooch

« Jewellery isn’t jewellery to me anymore. That may sound strange and foreign, but the term jewellery has become a theme to me and not a discipline. To understand what I mean, I can only say that the human body, decoration and the traditional function of jewellery do not matter to me in my work. What matters to me is meaning and purpose, creating timeless pieces, which mark times in my own life, capturing emotions, thoughts and ideas. If anything, I endeavour to rebel against tradition, against society’s rigid rules and against the mundane structure of the human world, simply because the way the world works does not work for me.
The themes in my work revolve around several sub-themes. In the past these have involved time, natural history, nature, irony, contradiction and the escape from reality into a world where anything can be what it wants to be and nothing has to conform to society’s rigid rules and regulations. More recently, I have been exploring the invisible energy within second hand objects, natural phenomena, such as ghosts, and the meaning and purpose of myself as a human being. What has surfaced through this exploration is a deeper understanding of the world, a raw layer of reality, which is carefully hidden beneath the surface, invisible to the naked eye. What we see is surely not what we get. Quite on the contrary, what we see is only an illusion and my work attempts to question and taunt these, exposing the fleshy reality beneath.
«  (Sebastian Buescher)

All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Sebastian Buescher« Encrusterium 9″ Brooch & detail

All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Sebastian Buescher‘Octocoralia’ Necklace

All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Sebastian Buescher -   ring   —     ‘carnivore’ ring   –   ring

All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery, All Sebastian Buescher images at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Sebastian Buescher‘the eye’ brooch  — ‘parasite’ 

Sebastian BuescherBrooch ‘The Widow Maker’ 2007 – ceramic, black widow spider egg cases, silver, poison, cork

event_08_redlight_design_sebastian_buescher_02 dans Gal. Velvet da Vinci (US)

Sebastian BuescherRing  – porcelain, crystal, silk thread, agate, amber – 2006


« I weave myself into my work, quite literally, with blood, sweat and tears. Reality is being stripped, layer by layer, bit by bit, deconstructed ruthlessly and indefinitely. What you see is no longer what you get and the pristine exterior is a mere paper mask for the fleshy, raw world that slumbers beneath, waiting to be discovered, waiting to be set free.
Imperfection Please is a state of mind, a concept, and not just a theme for a collection of work. Its core consists of experimentation, venturing into new territory, focusing on the process and not getting disappointed because an expected goal is not achieved. And while perfection aims to be perfect, a dangerous game that is destined to fail, imperfection is freedom, completely and totally, unique and unexpected. It is about doing things differently and not conforming to existing standards. Each jewel becomes a fragile reminder that sometimes we can break, that sometimes we cannot pull ourselves together and that sometimes we feel utterly flawed, totally imperfect, in a world that bombards us with images of perfection.
The work plays with ancient relics, ritualistic jewellery, natural processes and absurdity. This is my formula for making work; it makes me want to work. My fascination with ceramics has also grown on this journey, primarily because it felt like the perfect material for the expression of my imperfect ideas. What intrigues me with this material, in combination with jewellery, is that there is a potential expiration date that can, if the jewel is mishandled, come true quite easily. The wearing becomes a ritual, the ritual of awareness, reminding us that sometimes we can break, and that, if we do break, we need to pick ourselves up again and move beyond it.  » (Sebastian Buescher - « Sebastian Buescher – Imperfection Please » exhibition at Rob Koudijs Gallery, 2007)

SB16_0 dans Sebastian BUESCHER (DE)
Sebastian Buescherbrooch – 2007 – Earthenware, silver, limpets, glass

« What inspires your work?
I would say that the primary reason I make my work is because it engages me in a state of pure creativity. This state is a very pleasurable state that allows me to travel far from the mundane, serious everyday world into a world where anything is possible and nothing has to make sense. I like to imagine that what I make is a form of complete, unnecessary nonsense. My jewellery is not made to be worn and things are taken out of their traditional environment and placed in a surreal and absurd landscape. Often times these pieces exhibit irony and contradiction, resulting in work that tests humour and allows the mind of the viewer to make invisible connections, primarily through the recognition of common and everyday elements.
What sort of materials do you use and why? Do you follow any particular concept?
More recently I have been drawn to second hand materials, lost memories, history and death. There is something about the past that intrigues me completely, a fascination verging almost on obsession. It is not about knowing what happened, but more about the past being so far away and utterly unreachable. I also think that there is a great sadness in the past, not necessarily one based on bad memories, but on the simple fact that the past is buried somewhere within us, coated with numerous layers of experience. These concepts and ideas were explored in my most recent collection, entitled White Limbo. White Limbo is my imaginary place for lost or forgotten things.
There also appears to be a formula in my work. Recently I have come to the conclusion that there are three main ingredients to my work, namely experimentation, material and history. They are all linked and cover common ground, but can also exist separately. Experimentation allows me to play with a material, technique or idea. This act of playing explores possibilities and opportunities. The material can be part of the experimentation, but is also something I hunt for on a regular basis, whether in antique markets, supermarkets, ebay, rivers or forests. Sometimes the material, or object, is complete and I have to do nothing more than use it as it is. Other instances make me dissect the object, looking for something I haven’t seen or something that feels meaningful. A lot of these objects are about history, in other words time and experience. Things from the river have been tumbled and washed for maybe a thousand years, trees have grown over centuries and second hand materials have been used, perhaps stolen, lost or given away. This formula is then applied to my ideas and somehow come together as a piece.
Do you plan your pieces beforehand or is yours a more instinctive type of work?
I do not really plan my pieces, they tend to just happen. I start with an initial idea, like a blur. As I progress, I look at what excites me and what doesn’t. I do not wish to spend my time being bored, I can do that whenever I want. I want to feel a fire within me, pleasure rushing through my veins and anticipation to work. I want to look at the finished piece and be inspired and moved to create more. I can get stuck, I can get bored with a piece and as an artist, I will never be able to see what I am really making, as other people are. What I do know, however, is that this work is my life. It has moved from a hobby to become my livelihood, my passion, my dreams and my desires and this is something I will continue for as long as I will live. » (interview by Alternatives Gallery)

il peut aussi faire ça ………… et là, comment dire, j’accroche moins … surtout « the worm ring » ! :-(

Sebastian Buescher’s conceptual contemporary jewelry…


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EXPO ‘Whitewash – Shari Pierce’ – Galerie Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam (NL) – 10 Juill.-4 sept 2010

Classé dans : Exposition/Exhibition,Gal. Rob Koudijs (NL),Hollande (NL),Shari PIERCE (US) — bijoucontemporain @ 0:17

Shari Pierce – Whitewash / Portraits of 34 Sex Offenders and 2 Sexual Predators from Within a 5 Mile Radius

(Necklace -Photo Prints from Transparencies, Silk)

« It is easy to pin on a ribbon to show that you support AIDS victims or are against abuse of women: jewellery can be a bearer of many different tidings. But the new necklaces of  Shari Pierce go one step further.
Many men apparently have a rather difficult time with their testosterone levels. In the United States, where strict moral standards clash with an over-sexualized culture, there is a huge desire to control people’s urges and impulses. An example: everyone who has ever been found guilty of rape is always obliged by law to register with the local police. This American system makes it possible to locate all offenders living within a 5-mile radius of your home. Shari Pierce tested this with a random address; the house she selected was surrounded by 36 potential threats.
The problem is clearly manifest in the subject, the choice of material and the workmanship of Pierce’s necklaces. As an artist, her object is not to find a solution, but to highlight the situation and provoke debate. Whitewash / Portraits of 34 Sex Offenders and 2 Sexual Predators from Within a 5 Mile Radius shows the medium of jewellery in its most political form. « (Ward Schrijver -copyright Galerie Rob Koudijs)

Shari Pierce (US) – Burqa Necklace, 2010
Shari Pierce- Modesty Sketch, 2010

Shari Pierce- Sack, 2010
Shari Pierce- Hope (or False Hope) (detail), 2010


Galerie Rob Koudijs
Elandsgracht 12
1016 TV Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Saturday 10th July – Saturday 4th September


EXPO ‘BROOCHMANIA’ – Galerie Rob Koudjis, Amsterdam (NL) – 5 juin-3 juill. 2010

a project of Ädellab,
the jewelry department of  Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft & design,  Stockholm - Here are the results of study about brooches that students have been doing during the last year.

« Ädellab, the jewellery department of the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm has developed in recent years into one of the leading educational centers of its kind. The jewellery made by its graduates is as surprising as it is pioneering. The Rob Koudijs Gallery gladly accepted professor Karen Pontoppidan’s invitation to participate in the Broochmania project.
During the last school year, students closely studied every facet of brooches in a series of five workshops. The ultimate goal of Broochmania was the realization of pieces crystallized from the training that would be suitable to exhibition in a gallery. Ward Schrijver was invited to Stockholm to serve as the curator selecting pieces for the exhibition. He chose brooches from 13 artists, ranging from first-year students to recently graduated masters.
The diversity of the work is spectacular: colourful, complicated collages contrast with clearly recognizable forms; the techniques vary from wildly proliferating growth processes to montages using existing perforated material. The distinctive individuals who study at Ädellab learn to manipulate every aspect of the brooch phenomenon as a means of artistic expression. «  (Copyright Galerie Rob Koudijs)

Click on the image to go back to the profile pageEXPO ‘BROOCHMANIA’ - Galerie Rob Koudjis, Amsterdam (NL) - 5 juin-3 juill. 2010 dans Annie HAGVIL (SE) lisabj%f6rke3.jpg-for-web-small
Lisa Björke - brooch

Yasar Aydin

Dana+Hakim dans Bernhard STIMPFL-ABELE (AT)Maki+Okamoto dans blog ArtJewelryForum
Dana Hakim - brooch – iron, rubber, tape
Maki Okamoto - brooch – silver

Dana-Hakin_My-four-guardian-angels-e1279168916171 dans Dana HAKIM (IL)
Dana Hakim - brooches – ‘my four guardian angels’

Yi-Shen_Untitled dans Emelica LIDMAN (SE)
Yi Shen, Untitled, 2010, mixed media

Nicholas-Cheng_Untitled dans Emille de BLANCHE (SE)
Nicolas Cheng, Untitled, 2010, mixed media

Annie-Hagvil_Untitled dans Exposition/Exhibition
Annie Hagvil, Untitled, 2010, bronze

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 Emille de Blanche

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 Hanna Lundborg ‘in between’ brooch

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Emelica Lidman‘Impressions/Imprints’ brooch
Sarah Vedel Hurtigkarl (DK)


Dana Hakim, Bernhard Stimpfl-Abele, Nicolas Cheng, Jacob Erixson, Lisa Björke, Yasar Aydin, Maki Okamoto, Annie Hagvil, Yi Shen, Emille de Blanche, Emelica Lidman, Hanna Lundborg, Sarah Vedel Hurtigkarl.


Galerie Rob Koudijs
Elandsgracht 12
1016TV – Amsterdam
Telephone: +31 (0)20 331 87 96
Telephone: +31 (0)6 139 05 554


Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
P.O. Box 3601
S-126 27 Hägersten  ( STOCKHOLM) Sweden

Telephone: + 46 (0)8 450 41 00
Fax: + 46 (0)8 450 41 29


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