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Esther Brinkmann – Galerie Rob Koudijs, The Netherlands

9 Sep — 22 Oct 2022

09 09 2022 — 22 10 2022


Alphabets for rings

After several successful presentations of Esther Brinkmann’s jewellery at art-fairs, we are happy to announce a beautiful solo exhibition in the gallery. And even more special, the show will be accompanied by a brand-new, extensive monograph, published by Arnoldsche. A fitting tribute for someone who has earned such an outstanding reputation in her home country Switzerland, not least because of her unwavering commitment as a teacher.

Brinkmann can characterize her tenets quite comprehensively: ‘All my rings deal with the space between the ring and the finger, their position on the hand, the room within the construction of a piece, and matters like weight and texture’. By concerning herself with these themes time and again, she has built up a personal alphabet of motives and models. The results will never cease to surprise, because she uses both precious metals and iron – she loves working in unruly materials – and she employs a great variation of techniques, ranging from forging and casting, to assembling and knitting… Her husband’s profession once brought her to distant continents: she spent many years in both China and India. The minimalistic principles that had been the artists guideline for many years – both in construction, finishes and decorative elements – were greatly enriched by her encounter with these countries. All of a sudden colourful, figurative elements popped up, and jades and unconventionally cut gemstones demanded their spot in the limelight.

Brinkmann concentrated in her most recent work on ‘gestures’ encircling the finger. Rings executed in iron turned out to be tough and rugged, occasionally softened by gold components, however the space around a finger was also investigated in fluid shapes build up in precious metals. The rings made from solid, exquisitely coloured jade – with a subtle golden rim – are a paragon of refinement. India manifested itself in the precious stones that were incorporated: an impressive, flat polki-diamond, a peridot, a piece of silex. With this approach, the artist is always expanding and relying on her entire ‘alphabet’. The show will therefore provide a living, lively companion to her oeuvre described in the new book.

Ward Schrijver

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