Metalab is delighted to present Some and None: Jewellery as Graphics, a collection of jewellery created by Melbourne based goldsmith David Neale. In this body of work Neale borrows techniques from the graphics studio such as painting, collage and line-work, using them at the jeweller’s bench to make signs for the body and to tell wearable stories. The result is an exquisite collection of finely crafted treasures for our times.
For Neale, the visual power of jewellery is basic, lying in distinctive shapes, colours and textures. His work has a unique and graphic language, one that doesn’t always follow the familiar ‘grammar’ of jewellery – it isn’t always shiny, or smooth, or metallic – he uses paint and inscribes lines and text on bold shapes. Neale treats metal like paper, cutting it with scissors, folding and scratching text onto it – an approach to making that is immediate and ‘un-precious’ but that invests the work with emotion and humour, making reference to his fascination with the rich history of goldsmithing. The work in this exhibition features silhouettes of recognisable things arranged with a collage-like approach, layering up a play of opposites within the jewellery object: obvious vs. obscure, rough vs. refined, precious vs. poor, some vs. none.
David Neale studied Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, Melbourne. He has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, this is his first solo exhibition in Sydney.
WHAT – David Neale: Some and None – Jewellery as Graphics
WHEN – 3 June – 1 July 2010
WHERE – Metalab Gallery + Studio, 10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills 2010
HOW MUCH – Entry is free
For more information feel free to phone the gallery on 02 8354 1398.