Exhibition Transparency

The collective of 14 jewelers from Quebec has had unequal success in Ottawa and in New York, where they will expose again in 2015. The exhibition Transparency will be presented from October 25th to November 24th at Galerie Noël Guyomarc’ h.

Janis Kerman has answered a few of our questions


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How was born the idea of the collective?

Patricia Faber, of New York’s Aaron Faber Gallery curated a show called JEWELRY FROM QUEBEC: ARTIST-MADE AND DESIGNED which was held in May of 2012. She was the one that chose who of us Quebec jewellers she wanted in the show. After the show took place, the group of us, 14 in total, met to discuss how we felt the show went and what we saw in the future. At that meeting we decided to try to “brand” ourselves as a Group or Collectif and move forward, presenting our work to other galleries. We came up with a type of “formula” which we have presented to galleries when contacting them about showing our work within their space.

With each new experience, we are evolving but essentially, we offer to present between 5-8 pieces of our choosing and then either we, as a group, or the gallery owner chooses a Theme and we then make 1-3 pieces specific to that theme.  The themed pieces are shown together so the visitors to the gallery can appreciate the different take each of the 14 jewellers have taken from the same starting point.











Will there any benefits to being part of a collective?

I have shown my work for many years as an individual artist.  I believe showing as a group who originate from the same place gives the gallery a special selling point to introduce to their clientele. In this case, it is my first time working this way and I like the interaction with the group and it allows everyone to take a turn in organizing the upcoming shows, it doesn’t just fall on one person to organize everything.

Is it important for you to display in a local gallery? 

I think showing in our home town/province is a plus in this case.  Many of the group are already known entities and the impact we have might be stronger when we are purposefully shown together. I guess we will see what the turn out will be at the opening on Friday as well as at the Pecha Kucha presentation on the 8th of November.














Is it a constraint to work with a given theme?

I don’t believe it is… there are many shows I have participated in that are theme driven so this is nothing new for me. I am just as curious to see how everyone interpreted the theme of Transparence. It makes me excited to see what the outcome will be.



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How did you approach the theme?

I was looking for a way to express transparency using metal and stones.  I decided to reach through space by leaving openings in the rings that would allow one to see transparently through them.  I like the way the shapes I designed cut through the air vertically giving lightness and airiness to the overall design.  Of course, wearability is paramount and these three rings resolved all these design criteria I set for myself.

What were the challenges?

None more difficult than preparing for any other show I have been invited to.  I guess, always making well crafted work that will be appealing to a varied clientele.


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Photos: Dale Gould