Target the heart

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TARGET THE HEART
An exhibition in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation from 13th January to 3rd March 2012

Electrum Gallery is are pleased to announce an exhibition in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation (BHF), in which our makers from both galleries will show one-off pieces inspired by the theme of the heart. Ten percent of the profits will go towards the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, which funds groundbreaking research into repairing the heart muscle after a heart attack.

Over twenty of our artists from each gallery responded to the invitation to take part in the Target the Heart show to support a cause which could give hope to hundreds of thousands of people in the UK. At this time of the year around Valentine’s Day, where we all are especially concerned with matters of the heart, they have interpreted its iconic shape as well as the associated symbolism.

Mikala Djorup’s focus lies on the heart as a muscle, the hardworking machine that keeps us alive, pumping the blood around our bodies. She has simplified the complex shape of a real heart, and made a brooch to put where one sees fit; for example on one’s sleeve.

For Lina Peterson the invitation to take part in this exhibition coincidentally came at a time when some of her pieces were beginning to look quite organ-like. Her brooches and necklaces take their starting point from anatomical drawings of hearts, looking at the construction of a human heart and how it has been, and is today, represented through drawing.

Zwetelina Alexieva took inspiration from the heart not only being the motor of life, but also the source of emotions. Mending a heart implies an existent imperfection or that something is missing. Therefore she decided to make two hearts, which are in opposition, but also complement one another. They look fragile and hostile at the same time, incomplete and imperfect, an illustration of the diversity and vulnerability of human beings.

Zoe Robertson’s piece is a double magnetic brooch, which can be worn by the heart. You can choose which piece to wear then at the end of the day you put it back together – i.e. mending broken hearts.

Katherine Richmond’s work explores the fragile relationship between people and objects. She uses books as a symbol of permanence and longevity to create wearable objects with a fragility that questions traditional notions. Her work embraces the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.

Michael Berger will show a kinetic ring with a red enamel heart right at its centre, visualising Gretchen’s words from Goethe’s Faust: My peace is gone, my heart is heavy, I will find it never and never more.

Target the Heart also features individual works by Joel Degen, Nora Fok, Katerina Ioannidis, Mette Jensen, Jytte Kløve, Susan May, Tom and Jutta Munsteiner, Anna Wales and Mark Woods.

In addition, Jo McAllister is curating a collaborative specially made necklace based on the Surrealist parlour game Exquisite Corpse. The participants will create work from a variety of media including linen, silk, steel, staples and glue along with other surprise elements which will then be joined by Jo to form the necklace.

The parlour game Exquisite Corpse originally started with the artists Tanguy, Duchamp and Miro and others who began playing with collage, and drawing – one person would begin by drawing a head, cut the drawing up – the other would draw the body and so forth and the cut up pieces would be collaged to form the Exquisite Corpse. Taking this notion as the brief the jeweller Jo McAllister is passing this idea into a necklace and has asked six contemporary jewellers to each respond to this idea: Petra Bishai, Grant Braithwaite, Lizzie Farey, Jennifer Kidd, Wendy-Sarah Pacey and Simone ten Hompel.

The necklace will be auctioned in aid of the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal at their grand Tunnel of Love charity event at Proud Camden on 29th May 2012.

PRESS RELEASE: Courtesy of Electrum Gallery

 

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