Manchester Art Gallery

Bernhard Schobinger: The Rings of Saturn

This was an exhibition of work by Bernhard Schobinger, a recognised key figure of avant-garde contemporary jewellery.

Manchester Art Gallery
Thursday 5 June 2014–Sunday 19 October 2014

Free

Schobinger’s subversive approach to making spans more than forty years and has earned him a reputation for rebellious innovation. His work skilfully transforms discovered objects into pieces that allude to past and present, precious and leftover.

Something of an alchemist, Schobinger gathers and processes all manner of matter, which frequently includes discarded detritus. From coloured pencils, spent knicker elastic, precious stones, combs or worn eraser nubs, to coins, diamonds, prickly saw files or poison bottles – such scavenged materials are all sources of aesthetic and physical richness. At once anarchic and collectible, Schobinger’s work unites these materials to create hybrid jewels that irreverently express their provenance while challenging conventional histories of body adornment.

This show was curated by Jo Bloxham, with thanks to Gallery S O London