The Intangibility of Identity

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From February 21st to March 18th, ÉJM’s gallery space will present the exhibition The Intangibility of Identity, which will feature works by 8 established and emerging artists : Simon Cottrell (Australia), Magali Thibault-Gobeil (QC), Laura Sasseville (QC), Marie-Eve G. Castonguay (QC), Danielle Van Patter (QC), Elin Weinstein (QC), Leyla Ghiastalab (QC/Iran) and Alex Kinsley Vey (ON). This exhibition is the result of a four-day workshop led by internationally renowned Australian contemporary jewellery artist Simon Cottrell, in July 2018.

Simon Cottrell. Flection Edge. 2018. Monel, nylon cord

Cottrell has presented his jewellery in over 150 exhibitions, and his works are held in major public and private collections internationally. He has been invited to present lectures and workshops across Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Underpinning his creative practice, for the last twenty years has been extensive research into the interrelationships between wilful reasoning and structured improvisation within creative process. Since 2011 this research has continued as a Professor / Researcher in the Jewellery & Object Workshop at the School of Art & Design, Australian National University.

As he was visiting Montreal on the occasion of the exhibition Aurora Australis, Contemporary Jewellery from Australia, at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h (curator: Katie Scott, Gallery Funaki), the École de joaillerie de Montréal invited Simon Cottrell to present his workshop Building the Intangible.

“What might happen if jewellers considered the end-point of their creative process, not as the jewellery object, but rather as the wearer’s / viewer’s perceptions, directed via the jewellery object? The ‘Building the Intangible’ workshop aims to  critically explore the way we want our works to be sensed, and then perceived, by others. The workshop is aimed at unveiling the fundamental priorities of each individual’s creative goals, then, using the insights gained to more carefully direct a wearers’ responses through jewellery making.”

– Simon Cottrell

The exhibition, which is part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival and Nuit blanche, is accompanied by a catalogue, which will be available at the École de joaillerie de Montréal from February 21st.

Simon Cottrell. Butterfly to Birch. 2018. Monel, nylon cord
Alex Kinsley Vey. Lonely Places no. 1. 2018. Steel, spray paint, varnish, sterling silver, 14k gold
Danielle Van Patter. Borrowed Time. 2019. Sterling silver, 18k gold
Elin Weinstein. The Neurodiverse River. 2019. Sterling silver, multi-coloured sapphires
Laura Sasseville. Séparation no. 1. 2018. Brass, powder coating, resin, glass, steel
Leyla Ghiastalab. Connected. 2019. Sterling silver, 18k gold
Magali Thibault-Gobeil. Welcome or Not in my Intimacy. 2019. Polyurethane, pigment, latex, acrylic, wallpaper, bra, thread
Marie-Eve G. Castonguay. Silence no. 1. 2019. Sterling silver, paper, pigments, cotton, nylon cord

Photo credits:
Jewellery by Simon Cottrell – Courtesy of the artist
Other images – Anthony McLean

February 21 – March 18, 2019
Free admission

Opening reception: February 21, 5-8 pm

Exhibition opening hours :
Monday to Friday : 9 am – 12 pm and 1:30 – 4 pm
Saturday, March 2nd (Nuit blanche) : 8:30 pm – 2 am
Espace Galerie, ÉJM
416 boul de Maisonneuve Ouest, 9th floor, Montréal, Québec, H3A 1L2


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