SENSEability is a touring exhibition which has been to Munich, Victoria Sewart Gallery now have the pleasure of showing it in the gallery for three days before it goes off to Vienna.
The curators; Rachel Darbourne and Drew Markou, introduce the exhibition to us here.
Sense: A faculty by which the body perceives an external stimulus; one of the faculties of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. A way in which an expression or a situation can be interpreted; a meaning.
Ability: possession of the means or skill to do something. A talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area.
Sensibility: the quality of being able to appreciate and respond to complex emotional or aesthetic influences; sensitivity.
When we were selecting for SENSEability our aim was to curate an exhibition that showed a diverse collection of work made from a variety of materials and using different skill sets. This diversity of different sensibilities will highlight the unique visual language of each individual art jeweller. SENSEability aims to encourage the viewer to spend time engaging with the work; examining and contrasting individual visual languages through the aesthetic and design decisions seen in each finished piece, each individual collection and then the exhibition as a whole.
We were looking for jewellers that approached all aspects of their practice with sensitivity and a thorough and rigorous approach to their visual language, in other words, consistency from concept through materials to outcome.
One’s judgments, values, aesthetics and sensibilities are one’s own. Initially they are all we have to work with. Education provides us with some of the tools to enable informed decision making, to critique, to evaluate and evolve ideas and to develop solutions, creating a level of sophistication within our aesthetic decision making processes, building upon our inherent sensibilities.
‘But though all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it all arises out of experience.’ Immanuel Kant (1787) from Critique of Pure Reason.