Exhibitions15 09 2018 — 20 10 2018
FrontRoom: ADAM GRINOVICH '2020'
The unstoppable technical developments during the nineteenth century, made a lot of people nervous, but also stimulated their imagination. Perhaps Jules Verne's books are nowadays the best known outcome. However dauntlessly the new genre of science fiction tried to disclose the future, time and again the visions became outdated.
Later, during the nineties of the past century, computers, internet and mobile phones were a natural aspect of the youth of jewellery artist Adam Grinovich. Yet the future never lost its lure: this time round in the form of full-colour motion pictures enhanced with spectacular concepts; Grinovich first encounter was with Schwarzenegger's Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back form the - then - unimaginable year 2024. What is a contemporary artist to do who's field of expertise is based on craftsmanship and tradition? What will his profession look like in decades to come, how will he roar in the coming twenties?
Nowadays pencil and paper appear to have become almost obsolete, diamonds are not solely obtained by mining, and extremely complicated metal shapes are produces simply using printing machines. Every innovative miracle invented during the last twenty-five years has gradually developed into an ordinary, accessible tool. Does that mean that the jewellers profession has become obsolete? Nothing could be further from the truth: the new options lead the way to still unexplored opportunities. Grinovich made it his cause to integrate old practices with recent techniques.
Facetted gemstones are almost synonymous with the typical classic jewellery piece. Now that diamonds can be produced synthetically - from pure carbon, as well as based on zirconium oxide -, there are nicer things to do than just producing small trinkets for middle-of-the-road rings. Why not look beyond the horizon when the sky is the limit? Grinovich rose to the challenge and started working with cubic zirconia in quantities and with measurements utterly unfeasible with real diamonds. He also investigated new ways of setting the stones and explored the possibilities of industrial metals and printing in stainless steel. The exhibition in the gallery displays the results: jewellery for the future, the inconceivable almost within reach.
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)