A new exhibition of fascinating jewellery objects has just opened at Galerie Rob Koudijs in Amsterdam.
Entitled 'Traces of Function', here's just a glimpse of the pieces on show until the end of February created by Swedish jewellery artist Tobias Alm.
"Tools and utensils usually don’t need instructions or a manual." says Ward Schrijver of Galerie Rob Koudijs.
"Their handling becomes second nature. Often a location for the hand is recognisable, the logic of buttons and handles is unmistakable. Tobias Alm was attracted to venture into the field of this sort of, often implicit, visual language."
Keen to see when doubt might set in, and when the obvious would give way to uncertainty, Alm makes necklaces and brooches with shapes that are suggestive, but elucidate little. Using unconventional combinations, connections and materials he willfully makes ambiguous images.
In an intriguing way jewellery balances between being a sculptural object and a commodity; fitting for the theme of this collection.
What happens when you look at something?
What if its function is not instantly clear, when purpose and beauty seem to be rivals?
There might come a moment when you decide that the object is a piece of jewellery...