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Benedikt FISCHER :

« As a student of the Jewellery Department (Gerrit Rietveld Academie) , I try to gain full understanding of my subject. In order to do that, it is important to go back to the origins. This is also the method I use when approaching a problem. Jewellery is a complex field where on each end someone is trying to push the boundaries of what we consider jewellery. This fact raised the urge in me to find out where jewellery came from in order to understand what it really is.
Considering the extensive history of adornment through the ages, it is hard to think of donning jewellery as anything less than a human need. It appears embedded across religions, cultures, rites, and throughout human activity. It is worn as adornment, to show status or belonging, as a memento and so on. In some instances, societal prescriptions about not wearing any jewellery, or restrictions around the type of ornament a person is allowed to wear, tell an equally strong story about the power and impact of jewellery. The drive goes deeper than the individual reasons that a certain country or religion might produce a given ornament. My belief, supported by historical examples and anecdotes, is that the motivation for jewellery making and wearing is actually quite primal and that this creative instinct speaks to our animalistic nature. In exploring these ideas, I also delve into my own desire to be part of this ongoing history and to create wearable pieces. I am interested in things that endure for long periods, that are maintained in our culture without question, and which are established in our lives as axioms.
Another theme for me is animals. There are similarities of character between Man and animals. Man learned from animals. When we compare the purely visible aspect of jewellery to the most obvious example in animal kingdom, the peacock, it is clear that visual attraction is of major importance. Perhaps we adopted this behaviour from our animal friends. The lion has his mane, the deer his antlers and the peacock tries to impress his female companions with its amazing range of feathers. Man’s power is also related to visual display. The ability to consume, to drive fast cars, to wear sharp clothing, is directly related to the sexual virility or a man or woman. Those who do not have this power, who lack money, become faceless. In his Theory of Evolution, Darwin states that it is more likely for a more attractive male to mate with a female than for one who is physically stronger. To this day you get a pin if you are a brave fighter in a war, the mayor gets a special kind of chain around his neck, top sportsmen are being visually underlined with gold, silver or bronze. What fascinates me most about animals is that they are entirely led by their instincts. When making jewellery I am aiming to get into that state as well. »
Benedikt Fischer presented at Galerie Rob Koudijs – brooch ‘Ibex ibex’ – plastic, remanium – 2011
Benedikt Fischer(Gerrit Rietveld Academie Graduation 2011)
Benedikt Fischer(Gerrit Rietveld Academie Graduation 2011) – brooch (back side) ‘Stador’ – plastic, epoxy, remanium – 2011

Benedikt Fischer

Benedikt Fischer(Gerrit Rietveld Academie Graduation 2011)

Benedikt Fischer
1984 Eferding, Austria
Lives and works in Vienna, AT
Techn. School for Arts and Crafts, Steyr, AT
Summer Academy with Florian Ladtstätter, Salzburg, AT
Exchange semester at Konstfack, Stockholm, SE
2008 – 2011
Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL



EXPO ‘Do you speak French?’ – Gallery S O, London (UK) – 1er-24 Oct. 2010


EXPO 'Do you speak French?' - Gallery S O, London (UK) - 1er-24 Oct. 2010 dans Aurelie DELLASANTA (CH) DO-YOU-SPEAK-FRENCH_GallerySOLondon-2

Artists list:
Aurélie Dellasanta, Noémie Doge, Carole Guinard, Sophie Hanagarth, Sonia Morel, Fabrice Schaefer, David Roux–Fouillet, Julie Usel

DSC_0128-2 dans Carole GUINARD (CH)
Julie USEL potatoe rings



Gallery S O London
92 Brick Lane
E16RL – London
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)207 377 8008


EXPO ‘Kimiaki Kageyama & Bernhard Schobinger’ – Gallery S O, Solothurn (Switzerland) – 27 Aout-25 Sept. 2010

Gallery S O is presenting an exhibition of forged and chased jewellery in iron by Kimiaki Kageyama & Bernhard Schobinger.

EXPO 'Kimiaki Kageyama & Bernhard Schobinger' - Gallery S O, Solothurn (Switzerland) - 27 Aout-25 Sept. 2010 dans Bernhard SCHOBINGER (CH)

 » Kimiaki Kageyama ist Professor und Leiter des Metallbereichs am Hiko Mizuno Jewelery College in Tokio Japan. Schobinger über Kageyama: Die aus dünnem Eisenblech geschmiedeten und ziselierten Blätter haben unter anderem ihre Tradition und Entsprechung in den berühmten Käfern aus Eisen, die während der Edo- und Meijizeit einen Kulminationspunkt technischer Virtuosität und künstlerischer Umsetzung in den hoch spezialisierten Metall-Werkstätten von Meistern des Schwertzubehörs darstellen.

Der Zürcher–Goldschmied Bernhard Schobinger, mehrfach national und international ausgezeichneter Künstler zeigt neuste Arbeiten aus geschmiedetem Eisen und Meteoriten.
– Schobinger versucht, «einer Gesellschaft, die eigentlich keinen Schmuck mehr braucht», wieder verzauberte Objekte zu geben. Schmuck ist für ihn keine Dekoration, sondern in allererster Linie «ein Kommentar». Der Kommentar gilt der Gesellschaft, in der wir leben, und den Bedeutungen, die Materialien und Gegenstände gemeinhin haben –. (WOZ) »

KIMIAKI KAGEYAMA —  brooch, 2006, iron, gold
Kimiaki Kageyama -  brooches, 2006, iron, gold


The Swiss jewellery maker Bernhard Schobinger does not want to commit himself to the different directions of contemporary jewellery during the last decades but still is one of its most important exponent. His works indicate a pleasure and humour of experimentation, by connecting precious, sometimes cosmic materials with relicts of our throwaway society. Rarely there are smooth forms and symmetric combinations, but a preponderance of brute, almost crude pieces that attract visually and tangibly by their near perfection. The wearer is sensibilised through the contact with the original quality of the materials. They are the basis of his critical examination with jewellery making. The process of production begins with the choice of materials that Schobinger collects in his surroundings, on flea markets, demolition sites or on travels. Objects of waste such as junk, plastic, wood, sheet, bones, disused objects like old arresters, toothbrushes or combs, abandoned jewellery or chemicals are recycled and transformed into jewellery pieces with intentionally few interventions. Techniques play an important role; beside unconventional means, Schobinger uses also modern methods as laser cutting to be able to cut and work with the densest precious stone, the polycrystalline diamond. The chosen way of working demonstrates the sensitive appreciation of the maker towards shabby looking materials.
His work is internationally awarded and shown in museums in Switzerland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, USA and Japan.

Bernhard Schobinger – « Rosary ring », stainless steel, enamel, diamonds



Gallery S O
Riedholzplatz 18
CH-4500 – Solothurn
Telephone: +41(0)32 623 35 44


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