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EXPO ‘Bead the System – A Series of Circular Arrengements’ – Gallery Funaki, Melbourne (AU) – 5-30 Juill. 2011

« Bead the System – A Series of Circular Arrengements » Exhibition by Manon van Kouswijk at Funaki

EXPO 'Bead the System - A Series of Circular Arrengements' - Gallery Funaki, Melbourne (AU) - 5-30 Juill. 2011 dans Australie (AU) 672


In her latest work, Dutch artist Manon van Kouswijk explores the idea of a strand of beads as a cycle without a clear beginning or end. Her recent book, Hanging Around / the pearlchain principle shows that the basic principle of the beaded necklace can be found in sources from peas in a pod and mathematics to Supernova 1987A, described by scientists as ‘pearls on a cosmic necklace’.


673 dans Exposition/Exhibition

674 dans Gal. Funaki (AU)



Gallery Funaki
4 Crossley Street
Melbourne, Victoria
Australia 3000
PO Box 24142 Melbourne, Victoria
Australia 3001
+613 9662 9446



EXPO ‘Manon van Kouswijk : Hanging Around, the Pearl Chain Principle’ Galerie Ra, Amsterdam (NL) – 22 Mai-19 Juin 2010

 Manon van Kouswijk : Hanging Around, the Pearl Chain Principle

EXPO - Manon van Kouswijk- Hanging Around, the Pearl Chain Principle

« Making archetypal bead necklaces runs like a red thread through my work. In this exhibition a new series of porcelain necklaces are on show plus a selection of my bead necklaces from the last fifteen years.
As well as making bead necklaces, I’ve always gathered visual material of all types of phenomena in which I can trace the idea of a bead necklace. This material is just as non-hierarchical as my interest in this jewellery phenomenon. Various aspects of this material come to the fore: the thread, the knots, the beads, the repetition, the necklace as a system, as a language, the bead as a particle and the ‘visual synonyms’ – all kinds of things in which the principle of a bead necklace is recognisable, but which, in fact, are not necklaces. Over the years this making and collecting of material have become increasingly more obsessive.
Based on photos of my necklaces and my visual archive, I’ve put together an artist book in collaboration with Uta Eisenreich and Esther de Vries.
By showing the collected images alongside my own necklaces, each bead necklace becomes an all-embracing piece of information played out on all kinds of levels – from a supernova in the universe to the smallest particle of tangible matter. » ( Manon van Kouswijk)


Galerie Ra
Vijzelstraat 80
1017 HL – Amsterdam
Telephone: 020 6265100
Fax: 020 6204595


EXPO ‘Manon van Kouswijk, ‘Hanging Around’, The pearlchain Principle’ – Galerie RA, Amsterdam (NL) – 22 Mai- 19 juin 2010

Classé dans : Exposition/Exhibition,Gal. RA (NL),Hollande (NL),Manon van KOUSWIJK (NL) — bijoucontemporain @ 2:07

Manon van Kouswijk, ‘Hanging Around’, The pearlchain Principle
« Manon’s work is about moving and replacing as a way of making visible that which the objects around us represent.It is about objects that are found and collected or given away and handed on. They refer to people, places or events, which is usually not apparent from their everyday appearance.
Parts of spoons, plates and bowls, tablecloths and napkins are moved or replaced. The space arising out of this can be filled in again. The spoonlike shape describes the space which a spoon takes up on the table. The ‘half teaspoon’ from a cookbook is reflected as a whole one. Fish knives acquire scales and egg spoons grow together with their egg. Several silver pieces of jewellery can be explained as a puzzle, but when worn the parts come together as a cluster and the original form only remains as a memory.

EXPO 'Manon van Kouswijk, ‘Hanging Around’, The pearlchain Principle' - Galerie RA, Amsterdam (NL) - 22 Mai- 19 juin 2010 dans Exposition/Exhibition 45694570 dans Gal. RA (NL)4571 dans Hollande (NL)

« Within my work I focuss on the value and meaning that everyday objects represent to us.
I am interested in actions and rituals in which these objects take part, like finding, buying, collecting,
receiving and giving. In the works I visualise aspects of their function, of use and wear, and of associations that are connected with them.
The archetypical object serves as a starting point in this process; the outcome and appearance of the work is diverse and ranges from jewellery, cutlery, tableware and textiles to works in paper.
The making process I view as a way of making things visible rather than designing; I stay quite close to the objects in a sense that I work with the materials and techniques that the archetypes I start from have been made with.
The multi- disciplinary approach is essential to my practice. It results in functional designs as well as limited editions of art work, that are all derived from the same sources of inspiration. «  (Manon van Kouswijk)

4559 dans Manon van KOUSWIJK (NL)4560

« My graduation project at the Rietveld academy in 1995 was based on my interest for classical pieces of jewellery, like in this case the pearl necklace. I was intrigued by its rigid and aloof character and felt very tempted to attack it in such a way that other aspects then just its perfect ness became more visible.
To achieve this I used the specific characteristics of the necklace, like the severe order of the pearls and the knots that both separate them, but also hold them in place to make a series of alterations to the piece.


One of them was this transparent bar of soap, containing a strand of pearls that slowly comes out the more the soap has been used up. The necklace is born from the soap like a pearl from a shell. (picture 1)
This necklace only consists of the silk threads with the knots that are there to secure the pearls. On the gold lock the word ‘once’ is embossed in Braille (blind writing). (picture 2).  »

Galerie Ra
Vijzelstraat 80
1017 HL Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone +31 (0)20 6265100
Fax +31 (0)20 6204595


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