Jewellery has a longstanding place in history, commonly referenced as being society’s first display of ornamentation and self-expression. Jewellery, as any other art form, has developed over centuries, following trends, movements, methods and materiality of the respective contemporary times. Among those markers in history though, there are always artists and craftspeople who seek to forge a different path, one not among the status quo. Whether through concept, material or technique, this exhibition celebrates the disruptors in the field of Canadian contemporary jewellery and metal arts. The artists in this exhibition have pushed, pulled, forged and melted typical expectations of adornment; to disrupt the structure of norms.
The Vancouver Metal Arts Association, in partnership with the Craft Council of British Columbia, will be hosting an exhibition from March 12 to April 23, 2020 at the CCBC Gallery. In celebration of 2020, the Year of Craft, we are looking for jewellery and metal artists who feel they have been disruptors in the crafting of contemporary jewellery and metal arts.
Disrupt is an exhibition that celebrates how artists use their creative practice to explore and discover new materials, techniques and the status quo. We invite makers and metal smiths to contemplate how your work disrupts the structure of norms. We invite contributors to experiment and take risks with ideas and materials and we welcome work which concepts and materials are pushing the expectations of adornment. Submissions to this call will also be archived for consideration in future VMAA curated exhibitions.