Almost Invisible

Henriette Schuster,

July 23 to August 17, 2013

In her first solo exhibition at Gallery Funaki, Munich based artist Henriette Schuster presents a collection of jewellery that uses precious metals in simple, almost naïve ways to explore basic aesthetic relationships between two similar forms. In addition, we will be showing a series of Schuster's drawings that both draw from and feed into her jewellery practice.

Sometimes the most affecting gestures are very small and very quiet. Schuster creates jewellery and drawings that shy away from bold declarations and instead, wait quietly for close attention. Working with silver and thread, Henriette’s jewellery is arrestingly simple and direct: small elements, often in pairs, sit in delicate balance with one another, a subtle dance of interdependence and connection. Familiar household objects like teacups, thimbles and brushes take on unexpected symbolism and tenderness as they hang, paired and companionate, on boldly coloured elastic. Tubes of silver are bent in simple and graphic forms, creating drawings on the body. And Schuster's drawings, which will be shown for the first time in Australia, are studies in understatement and lightness. Schuster’s vision is unobtrusive but always quietly compelling.

Bell pendant, 2013, blackened silver

Work from Almost Invisible

Teacups pendant by Almost Invisible Teacups pendant, 2013, blackened silver
Bell pendant by Almost Invisible Bell pendant, 2013, blackened silver
Hands pendant by Almost Invisible Hands pendant, 2013, silver
Discs pendant by Almost Invisible Discs pendant, 2013, blackened silver
Balls pendants by Almost Invisible Balls pendants, 2013, 22k gold
Mittens pendant by Almost Invisible Mittens pendant, 2013, blackened silver
Brushes pendant by Almost Invisible Brushes pendant, 2013, blackened silver
Tear pendant by Almost Invisible Tear pendant, 2013, 18k gold

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