Laboratorium Mechanum – Jewellery and Design
19.5 x 28 cm, 155 colour- and 41 black and white illustrations. Hardcover.
Geman / Norwegian
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With works from the 1980s to the present day, the book will carry you off into the humorous world of the decorative engineering art of Sigurd Bronger, one of the most significant Norwegian jewellery artists today.
A key, a safety pin, a balloon, a propeller, a voltmeter – these unexpected objects in art jewellery rewrite the world of the Norwegian “jewellery engineer” Sigurd Bronger. He carries over his fascination for machines and instruments in humorously constructed jewellery pieces, and transforms natural materials and everyday objects into meticulously executed, complex and ingenious constructions. In his Oslo “Laboratorium Mechanum” Sigurd Bronger works on his witty “carrying devices” – brooches, pendants, and rings with balloons, sponges, eggs, even his mother’s gallstones, or with medical equipment.
An established feature of his work which symbolically marks the entrance into Bronger’s world is the key. This current publication offers such a key; a review of over thirty years of his creative work: from Bronger’s experiments with materials and constructions in the struggle with the avant-garde Dutch art jewellery to his attempts in fathoming out states of expansion and emptiness in jewellery. He revolutionised contemporary creative jewellery work in such a way and not just in Norway, where to this day he still finds new forms of expression at the interface of jewellery, art, design and engineering.
Further information: www.sigurdbronger.no
Sigurd Bronger was awarded in 2012 the prestigious Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, one of the largest monetary awards in the field of applied arts to be annually awarded to an active Nordic designer or craftsman.
Jewellery as Absurd Theatre – Sigurd Bronger in an interview with Norwegian Crafts (2/2011).
Sigurd Bronger interviewed by Art Jewelry Forum, April 2015: “Stay curious, and a pure idea will automatically come to you”
Sigrud Bronger on Klimt02.