Traditional methods of exhibiting jewellery are questioned in ‘Ez Mi!’ the latest exhibition to open at the Faur Zsófi – Ráday Galéria. Featuring the work of three of Hungary’s best contemporary jewellery designers alongside photography by Kudász Gábor Arion, the interactive installation is a must see during Budapest Design Week!
Rather than display the jewellery behind glass, the curators have treated each design like a fine-art object, placing them amongst the cluttered furniture which forms the basis of the installation. Visitors to the gallery have the chance to not only see the latest creations by Réka Lőrincz, Flóra Vági and Fanni Vékony, they are actively encouraged to lift and examine the pieces and explore the texture, weight and materials used by the designers.
When we entered the exhibition, our eyes were immediately drawn to Réka Lőrincz’s work – particularly her amusing ‘My Little Pony’ brooch design. Réka approaches classic design with a pop-art sensibility, producing pieces which seem expensive and historic, yet cheap and disposable. Luxury materials such as gold and diamonds are combined with plastic pieces sourced from children’s toys to achieve the overall aesthetic.
Displaying pieces from her ‘Jewellerysense’ collection, RCA graduate Flóra Vági really impressed us with her innovative use of materials. Working with wood, paper and old books, Flóra creates pieces which cross the line between contemporary design and fine art.
Fanni Vékony showed a beautiful corian necklace which featured several compartments containing herbs, crushed flowers and seeds. Corian is a material traditionally used for kitchen surfaces, but Fanni has discovered that its durable and long lasting qualities are perfect for producing high quality jewellery. Fanni also displayed an unusual interactive hanging jewellery piece which allows visitors to ‘try on’ a floating necklace, ring and earrings suspended in the air by adjustable strings.
Drawing inspiration from the exhibition’s theme, Kudász Gábor Arion created a series of photographs specifically for ‘Ez Mi!’ which question our perceptions of jewellery and what makes an object functional.
Ez Mi! runs from the 27th September – 9th October at the Faur Zsófi – Ráday Gallery, 25 Bartók Béla út, 1114 Budapest.
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