Jiro Kamata – Holoculus (main space) | Jonathan Wahl – Drawings (project space)
Jiro Kamata | HOLOCULUS
Holoculus is a remarkable new group of objects revealing Jiro Kamata's ongoing fascination with light and reflectivity, and their manipulation with lenses.
Visitors to Funaki and the Melbourne Design Fair will be familiar with Jiro's Holon rings, with their lustrous colour and shine. As well as further exploration of this series, this exhibition features new works in Jiro's more recent Oculus series, where specially produced, tiny lenses create complex, romantic and incredibly seductive jewellery.
American curator Kellie Riggs calls Jiro's works "instant contemporary classics dependent on no one period in time", and in fact they are design objects in the best sense: innovative in their materiality, surprising, entirely suited to their purpose and never compromising wearability or comfort. She also says "[he] is a minimalist and a maximalist. I choose to compare Jiro's opus of jewellery wonders to the most adventurous and stunning of high fashion, rather than to high art or academia because frankly, it's more fun."
Jiro Kamata hails from a long family tradition of goldsmithing in Hirosaki, Japan, where his grandfather owned a jeweller and watchmaker shop. After training at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich from 2000-2006, Kamata went on to become assistant professor at the same institution until 2015. Jiro won the City of Goldsmith Award in Hanau in 2006 and the Förderpreis Award in Munich in 2011. His work is held in collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, USA, Die Neue Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Jonathan Wahl | DRAWINGS
We are excited to introduce New York artist Jonathan Wahl, with a small group of drawings exploring pattern and reflection. In his Skewed Water series, the reflections are used as patterns in “collaged” drawings that further his interest in two-dimensional pattern and space. The drawings currently on view are sketches that further abstract the reflections with their graphic outlines. These sketches have the feeling of objects, and they reflect Wahl’s background in contemporary jewellery, as well as his large portraits of Jet Jewellery in charcoal. The sketches are also a bridge to Wahl’s monumental drawings of inverted light on water and negative drawings of waterfalls reflecting on climate change. All of these series reference the landscapes, tying them together with the artist’s love of the outdoors and the natural world.
Jonathan Wahl's fine art is part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the New York Historical Society the American Craft Museum, and numerous private collections. Wahl has been awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships one in Craft and one in Drawing and the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths Award for "Outstanding Achievement." His work has been featured or reviewed in publications as diverse as the New York Times, Art in America, The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, the Advocate Oprah Magazine, W Jewelry, Art Jewelry Forum, Metalsmith magazine, Harper’s Bazaar among others.
Jiro Kamata HOLOCULUS catalogue