Jacqueline Rabun’s exhibition on modernist jewelry design, a part of New York Jewelry Week, is at present on present at New York’s Mahnaz Assortment gallery, with ‘Meditations on Modernism: Thirty Years of Jewellery Design by Jacqueline Rabun (1990-2022)’ contemplating the influence of the cultural motion.
‘It will be significant for me to exhibit my work in America after dwelling in London for the previous 32 years,’ Rabun says. ‘I wished to convey it house. I additionally really feel you will need to encourage and educate the following era of jewelry designers by way of this exhibition.’
The retrospective of Rabun’s profession to date is accompanied by Nordic modernist jewelry works, which embody a brutalist simplicity usually mirrored in Rabun’s personal items, displayed each in her early and present work for Georg Jensen and in her minimalist new designs that includes hand-carved gem stones.
‘The exhibition is a journey that begins with my early work, “Uncooked Class”, a collection of hand-sculpted items forged in sterling silver and the journey to a extra refined expression in my present designs,’ Rabun provides. ‘We will even showcase works from my long-term collaboration with Georg Jensen and my limited-edition items for Carpenters Workshop Gallery. My interpretation is thru a extra minimalist method to design, extracting what is just not crucial and leaving what’s necessary for the wearer to expertise.’
Practically 120 items of jewelry shall be on show in a criss-cross of cultural references, demonstrating a shared dedication to sensual and sculptural varieties. ‘In sure methods, Jacqueline follows in a line of pathbreaking feminine Nordic modernist jewellers who took geometric circles and encased them in eye shapes, as Nanna Ditzel did, or softened sharp angles utilizing robust curved traces of gold, as within the case of Torun,’ says Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos of the Mahnaz Assortment gallery. ‘Whereas Jacqueline’s work begins later, her time with the extraordinary agency of Jensen and the broader Nordic area’s historical past of modernism, starting from brutalism to minimalism to excessive naturalism clearly left its mark. Her jewels are multisensory – you’ll be able to see them, contact them, stroke them, seek for their hidden secrets and techniques, take to coronary heart, and most significantly put on them in your physique. These are hallmarks of her work. There’s a lot right here from which the present era of jewellers can be taught.’
For Rabun, the exhibition is a tangible documentation of her profession to date. ‘I’m happy with the whole journey and the way I’ve developed and located my voice by way of my work,’ she says. I’ve realized that I’ve acquired the artwork of endurance and perseverance.’
‘Meditations on Modernism’ shall be on view November 14 – 18, as a part of New York Jewellery Week