Disrupt

Contemporary Jewellery and Metal Arts Exhibition

By Craft Council of British Columbia

Craft Council of British Columbia

DISRUPT installation (2020) by Clarissa Long, curator, Vancouver Metal Arts Association, and Craft Council of BCCraft Council of British Columbia

DISRUPT.

Disrupt is an exhibition that celebrates how artists use their creative practice to explore and discover new materials, techniques and the status quo. The Vancouver Metal Arts Association, in partnership with the Craft Council of British Columbia, presented this exhibition on March 12, 2020 at the CCBC Gallery in celebration of 2020 - the Year of Craft. This international show features 31 disruptive artists from all over Canada, the United States, Israel, and Taiwan.Jewellery has a longstanding place in history, commonly referenced as being society's first display of ornamentation and self-expression. Jewellery, as any other art form, has developed over centuries, following trends, movements, methods and materiality of the respective contemporary times. 

Stop Playing With Me, Kim Paquet, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Stop Playing With Me, Kim Paquet, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Tidal Attachments and Sandstone Erosions, Jan Smith, 2016, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Sandstone Erosions, Jan Smith, 2016, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Tidal Attachments and Sandstone Erosions, Jan Smith, 2016, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Neckpiece #1, Julie Begin, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Brooch #1, Julie Begin, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Icons of the Flesh. Embodier (Badge and Collars), Lauren Kalman, 2016, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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DISRUPT installation by Sarah Hill, Ariel Lavian, and Sara Perry-DinCraft Council of British Columbia

expression through jewellery

Jewellery has a longstanding place in history, commonly referenced as being society's first display of ornamentation and self-expression. Jewellery, as any other art form, has developed over centuries, following trends, movements, methods and materiality of the respective contemporary times. 

Scissors Two, Sara Perry-Din, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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DISRUPT installation, Holland Houdek, Sarah Hill, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Porous Femoral Component, Holland Houdek, 2014, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Acetabular Cup with Encrusted Liner, Holland Houdek, 2014, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Through the Cracks, Sarah Hill, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Deformation as an object, Ariel Lavian, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Woven Vessel 2, Nest 1, and Upstate (2018) by Sylvie AlusitzCraft Council of British Columbia

Module-Chain Cross, Joanne Grimonprez, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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DTES DisRuffTive, Carmel Boerner, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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DTES DisRuffTive, Carmel Boerner, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Elevate, Chloe Darke, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Elevate, Chloe Darke, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Additional Dead Load (2019) by Sara Perry-DinCraft Council of British Columbia

celebrating disruptors

Among those markers in history though, there are always artists and craftspeople who seek to forge a different path, one not among the status quo. Whether through concept, material or technique, this exhibition celebrates the disruptors in the field of Canadian contemporary jewellery and metal arts. The artists in this exhibition have pushed, pulled, forged and melted typical expectations of adornment; to disrupt the structure of norms.

Probe Ring, Lena Binnington, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Radial Eyewear, Lena Binnington, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Satellite Clip, Lena Binnington, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Probe Ring, Radial Eyewear, Satellite Clip, Lena Binnington, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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DISRUPT installation (2020) by Clarissa Long, curator, Vancouver Metal Arts Association, and Craft Council of BCCraft Council of British Columbia

The diversity of work presented spans from non-wearable jewellery objects to wearable sculpture, from recycled materials transformed into 'precious metals and jewels' to metal reinterpreted through other craft techniques. The juxtapositions in this collection of works are diverse and vast - a reminder that there is no one, single way to break down structures.

Wearable. The perfect face is assymetrical and Wearable. The right frame for your face, Clarissa Long, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Scrape, Chloe Darke, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Scrape, Chloe Darke, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Crystal Canyon, Tabitha Ott, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Adaptation 2, Yu-Chi Chien, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Adaptation 2, Yu-Chi Chien, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Adaptation 1, Yu-Chi Chien, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Adaptation 1, Yu-Chi Chien, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Getting lucky, Jamie Kroeger, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Broken, Jamie Kroeger, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Anomaly, Jamie Kroeger, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Anomaly, Broken, Jamie Kroeger, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Reflection Chamber 2, Carolyn Young, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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3 Orbs (2019) by Claudine GevryCraft Council of British Columbia

Midnight Dreams of What Could Have Been, Emily Lewis, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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DISRUPT installation, Clarissa Long, curator, Vancouver Metal Arts Association, Craft Council of BC, 2020, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Surround, Ben Cooke-Akaiwa, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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The Wolf, Angela Adair, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Crust, Ben Cooke-Akaiwa, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Dipped, Ben Cooke-Akaiwa, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Games and Gas Masks on School Corridor Floor, Michelle Plamondon, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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DISRUPT installation, Clarissa Long, curator, Vancouver Metal Arts Association, Craft Council of BC, 2020, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Patched Necklace, Louise Perrone, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Revealed 3, Monika Urbaniak, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Silhouette BROoch 1, 2, and 3, Andrew Kuebeck, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Kindergarten Floor Brooch, Michelle Plamondon, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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What happens when the snow melts, Clarissa Long, 2017, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Winter Morning, Sonia Beauchesne, 2017, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Winter Morning II, Sonia Beauchesne, 2017, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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DISRUPT installation, Clarissa Long, curator, Vancouver Metal Arts Association, Craft Council of BC, 2020, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Assisting Nature 1, ZULA, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Assisting Nature 2, ZULA, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Assisting Nature 3, ZULA, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Iridescent Ring and Oil on Water Brooch, Eunji Shin, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Honey Truffle and Rose Truffle, Emma Piirtoniemi, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Tidal Pendant, Lindsay MacDonald, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Laika Signet Ring, Lindsay MacDonald, 2018, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Tidal Collar, Lindsay MacDonald, 2019, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Small Worlds, Emily Lewis, 2016, From the collection of: Craft Council of British Columbia
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Credits: Story

Vancouver Metal Arts Association in collaboration with the Craft Council of British Columbia

Curator: Clarissa Long

Featured artists:
Angela Adair
Sylvie Alusitz
Sonia Beauchesne
Julie Begin
Lena Binnington
Carmel Boerner
Yu-Chi Chien
Ben Cooke-Akaiwa
Chloe Darke
Claudine Gevry
Joanne Grimonprez
Sarah Hill
Holland Houdek
Lauren Kalman
Jamie Kroeger
Andrew Kuebeck
Ariel Lavian
Emily Lewis
Clarissa Long
Lindsay MacDonald
Tabitha Ott
Kim Paquet
Louise Perrone
Sara Perry-Din
Urszula Petrykowska
Emma Piirtoniemi
Michelle Plamondon
Eunji Shin
Jan Smith
Monika Urbaniak
Carolyn Young

Photography: @RedOranjes

Credits: All media
The story featured may in some cases have been created by an independent third party and may not always represent the views of the institutions, listed below, who have supplied the content.
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