Anna Lindsay MacDonald, Re: Halcyon Dream
Posted on December 15 2016
September 22-October 12: Anna Lindsay MacDonald, Re: Halcyon Dream. Vernissage Thursday, Sept 22nd from 5 to 7pm.
The works in Re: Halcyon Dream posit an imagined intersection between the opposing spheres of art jewellery and popular fashion jewellery. If you take away the idea of value in a commercial piece, what else enchants us about the luxury jewel? A common thread linking luxury brands is nostalgia for simpler times and for tradition. Hermes, Tiffany, Cartier and Chanel have each independently turned their gaze backward to refer to the mystique of artisan traditions such as quilting, blacksmithing, and carpentry. In keeping with that pattern, what can we project our nostalgic sensibilities to look like in 2030? At a moment when technology has become the dominant influence in production, it seems that the work of this decade will be identifiable in the future as a turning point. Although this tech fetish may be alarming for some of us who work with our hands, it is also a unifying factor, as goldsmiths, designers, artists, audiences and consumers are for the moment, all fascinated with the same thing. By looking backward and forward it has been my intent to create a dreamlike loop between present and future. Each piece has been made solely by hand but refers to the language of computer aided design. I refer to additive and reductive technologies, pixels and binary code, indexes and replicants. I push away from that technological language by incorporating marks of the hand and working in idiosyncracies.