Friday, May 20, 2011

Ko Néva "L'art est un sport de combat" translated= Art is a Combat Sport

Ko Néva is an annual collective exhibition of contemporary art in New Caledonia. Each year the theme is different. The chosen work is exhibited in the Tjibaou Cultural Arts Center. This year Nouméa is hosting the Pacific Games, a mini Olympics for the Oceanic region. Much public money is going towards building infastructures for the huge event that will go on for two weeks.
The title art is a combat sport gives the idea od how difficult life in Noumea is for an Artist. We are really on our own. Many people believe that too much money is spent on sport, and not near enough on culture and the arts. So several group art exhibitions this year are focusing on this theme. I took a different point of view. In a develpoing community, any public spending is welcome. Sport does involve a bigger public and does teach self respect and team work. I'm trying to be brief. I'm as much for sport as I am for culture. And I seriosly think that there is not enough of either in our community. So iIopted to display some of my thoughts with thrown away jewelry bits converted into a sport "icon". Today on an international level, sport is very removed from the personal level and taken to huge telecommmunicational heights. The sportsmen are stars and their lifestyles to be followed like the rich and famous. We don't talk about their training regimes but about their favorite brand of exspensive sunglasses. My Icon is a kitchy reflexion on that. And I'm extremly happy to have my work hanging in the Tjibaou Center!

Jewelry Recycling Workshop

My small but successful recycling jewelry project was great fun. Working only with non jewelers or metalsmiths, I mostly tried to show how to first completely deconstruct a piece of jewelry, and how to make the most of its parts. The students learned some simple wire wrapping techniques and looked at how things are put together. The Radical Jewelry Makeover team has really been an inspiration to me. I showed the RJM DVD to the students and really tried pushing the idea of using what was at hand and NOT going out to the craft store and buying new STUFF!