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Konrad Mehus

Konrad Mehus

Form Follows Fiction. Jewellery and Objects

By (author) Jorunn Veiteberg
By (author) Ola Enstad
By (author) Arnhild Skre

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  • The first comprehensive monograph of the groundbreaking jewellery artist Konrad Mehus, who ironically and profoundly translates social and political everyday subjects in to impressive, narrative jewellery objects
Full Description
Since the end of the 1960s, Konrad Mehus has been regarded as one of the leading protagonists of Norwegian art jewellery. Creative intention and content far outrank practical use and function. He breaks with established notions of jewellery as decoration, preferring to extend it as a means of communication. The silver rings for storing contraceptive pills conceived in 1967 had already made clear his early quest towards a new relationship between goldsmithing and society. Whimsical objects made of 'useless' bits of assembled cutlery challenged in the 1970s the functionality and materiality of jewellery and implements. Medicine boxes cast out of bronze bearing his name invite the observer in the 1990s to draw (presumably false) conclusions about him as a person. Base materials and found objects also find their way into his jewellery objects: for example in the series 'Poor Man's Silver' (1991/93). The miniature portraits of typical interior furnishings of the 1950s make Mehus's richly symbolic and metaphoric language vividly tangible: for him, recycled memories - he ultimately lived for a long time with his mother in a tiny apartment comprising two rooms and a kitchen - evoke very individual associations. They also stand for the redevelopment and improvement of universal living conditions - a central concern in Norwegian welfare politics. Konrad Mehus thus combines art, the everyday and life associations, which are intensified by wearing the jewellery, as the narrated 'histories' are brought into manifold social contexts and activated therein. Jewellery as a narrative medium - full of wit and with social relevance. Text in English and Norweigan.
Specifications
Publisher
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
ISBN
9783897903609
Published
22nd Jun 2012
Binding
Hardback
Territory
UK, US, Eastern Europe, France, Benelux, Japan, South Korea, Africa, South America & Ireland exclusive. South Africa, N&M East non-exclusive
Size
250 mm x 170 mm
Pages
200 Pages
Illustrations
100 color
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