Exhibitions27 10 2018 — 22 12 2018
FrontRoom: PAUL ADIE Grounded
Paul Adie's work is robust and outspoken; big shapes, no frills. At our 'Young Talent' presentation during the Amsterdam KunstRAI in 2017 the quality of his jewellery pieces was - fortunately - instantly recognised and several pieces were sold, among others to CODA Museum, Apeldoorn.
Notwithstanding his thorough training at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and the renowned Escola Massana in Barcelona, Adie signed up for the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich in 2016. That is not just any institution. The students are not taken by the hand: the teachers, led by professor Karen Pontoppidan, obviously oversee the artistic processes and the advancement over time, but they don't lead the way. A world of state-of-the-art facilities is at everybody's disposal, but for the rest students are completely thrown back to themselves.
The display in the gallery is the first indication of what his stay in Munich may bring Adie. One thing is clear, he didn't disappear into a black hole. In his exhibition Paul Adie shows a group of nine brooches. Their structure is both denser and more loose than his previous work. They all consist of autonomous, expressive shapes, which might seem to collide and clash in the one piece, yet could just as easily evoke some continuous development in another. The artist was in search of a suggestion of rhythm and movement within the static object. Several times this dynamism is, sometimes barely, contained within an actual, almost traditional frame alluding to portraits and photographs.
In stead of neatly aspiring to virtually invisible joints, the artist let solder and oxidation have their own say in the making process; occasionally all those drips, stains and traces have been accentuated with splashes of paint. The monumental aspect of his work is a clear sign of Adie delight in deviating from what seems to be mandatory in jewellery. Here refinement and imperfection are competing, grace and grimy are seeking out their own stable ground...
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)