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--------------------------------------------------------------------.INTERVIEW WITH Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h
"contemporary jewelry is the result of a questioning, of a vision, of a reflection of an artist about the world, his environment, the community, no matter the materials and techniques used, exploring new shapes, new forms and aesthetic."

Specialized in contemporary art jewelry, Galerie Noel Guyomarc' h presents the creations of artists jewelers of Quebec and Canada as well as international. The collection gathers an original selection of rings, weeding bands, brooches, necklaces and earrings made of sterling silver, gold, with sometimes precious and semiprecious stones. Also discover jewelry made of unusual materials such as plastic, porcelain, acrylic, Formica, glass to name a few.

Among the jewelers of Quebec : Silvie Altschuler, Josée Desjardins, Gabrielle Desmarais, Christine Dwane, Anne Fauteux, Janis Kerman, Christine Larochelle, France Roy, Walter Schluep, Barbara Stutman, France Roy, Julie Tougas, Émilie Trudel, Lawrence Woodford.

Among the Canadian artists: Bridget Catchpole, Vivienne Jones, Yael Krakowski, Margaret Lim, Paul McClure, Pamela Ritchie, Dorothy Rosen, Jan Smith, Kye-Yeon Son, Despo Sophocleous, Sarah Troper, Annie Tung, Anneke Van Bommel, Patrycja Zwierzynska.

On the international level, Sarah Abramson, Suzanne Beautyman, Monika Brugger, Ramon Puig Cuyas, Donald Friedlich, Alyssa Dee Krauss, Rebecca Hannon, Priya Himatsingka, Yu Hiraishi, Mirjam Hiller, Reiko Ishiyama, Mia Maljojoki, Judy McCaig, Darcy Miro, Marc Monzo, Maria Phillips, The Opulent Project, Joan Parcher, Biba Schutz, Anthony Tammaro, Amy Tavern, Blanche Tilden, Karola Torkos, Luzia Vogt, Andrea Wagner, Silvia Walz…

   


Who are the names behind Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h ?
It’s my name. When I decided to open my gallery, I hesitated to use my personal name, a quite unusual and complicate name. Unable to find a title for the gallery, I finally use it. Even if customers, collectors or artists have difficulty to pronounce it, my name is now identified as a jewellery gallery.
And the gallery is a personal project. Since I discover this art form, my goal was to promote it.

Could you talk about the gallery?, what are your intentions with this project?
I opened the gallery in 1996 to promote initially Quebec jewellery artists. I realized that there were not so many. Then I invited Canadian jewelers. But the result was not what I was expecting. I started to receive proposals from international artists who brought some fresh, innovative and experimental ideas into a mostly conservative Canadian jewellery community.

When did you start working with Jewellery art?
From the beginning, it was art jewellery. My selection was based on ideas, concepts, materials and quality work, pieces of jewellery with intentions.

   

Who/what do you inspired first to follow your chosen profession?, Is there any fact that has masked your vision of Jewellery? 
Before opening my own gallery, I worked in a jewellery store which was showing many kind of jewelry, such as antiques from Afghanistan and India, fashion to production lines, and some craft work. I was a neophyte in jewelry world. Two years after I was hired, the owner decided to dedicate a space to more artistic work. This was my introduction to art jewelry. One piece by a local artist, Barbara Stutman, pushed me into a deeper questioning about jewelry. I bought a number of books, subscribe to many magazines dedicated to contemporary jewelry. Some local artists have been really helpful to share their views, their ideas, their visions.

Could you explain what do you consider contemporary jewellery nowadays? or what would be the definition of Contemporary Jewellery in your own words?
For me, contemporary jewelry is the result of a questioning, of a vision, of a reflection of an artist about the world, his environment, the community, no matter the materials and techniques used, exploring new shapes, new forms and aesthetic.

At this point every conceivable material is used for making jewellery, but the jewel is more than experimentation with new materials. Contemporary art jewellery is about the human sense of self-expression, about symbolic meaning even of ourselfs, do you believe that it is time to rethink the function of jewellery and symbolic bodily ornamentation?
We did need to have that exploration of new materials. Like in the 70’s and 80’s, formats, materials and concepts were completely renewed, created a new reflection about jewelry and its value. We live a similar period. But, nowadays, I found that the artists are more looking for materials which will translate their ideas and personal reflections more than just exploration.

How do you feel being in Montréal for a project like this one?
Montreal is a very artistic city for contemporary art. There is strong museums and public and private galleries. But contemporary jewelry is not so well understand. Most of the jewelers are still conservative in their approach. In the past, Galerie Jocelyne Gobeil, which closed in 1994, has done a really good work about promotion and education. In 1996, I opened my gallery which is the single one in Canada. The market is pretty small, but I feel lucky to be able to still run it. The fact that Montreal is close from the States helps.

In a society that bases its values on money and technology, what do you think is the place for jewellery art?
We are in a society which is based on consuming and individuality. Since I have the gallery, I have the feeling that customers are looking for handmade unique pieces. And to keep the idea of individuality, they really want unique pieces and start to see this art form as an investment in art.

Do you feel contemporary jewellery art is taking over a growing audience, or is kept just for a few, especially the ones who are related?
As I mentioned, the audience is growing. Contemporary jewelry is still a new art discipline for most of people. But with years, I realize that the behavior has change. Instead of buying more conventional or fashion jewelry, the customers are now drawn to acquire one of a kind pieces.
They understand the value of ideas, craftsmanship and exploration, they
are ready to spend more but less often than before.

 

What are you working on at the moment?
The gallery will move next January in a new location. I am very enthousiast and motivated. In May 2012, I will host an exhibition curated especially for the gallery by Luzia Vogt, a Swiss artist I do represent of over 10 years.

What work of jewellery art you like to have created?
I am not a jeweler. Since last year, I animate creative workshops for graduate students or young jewelers who are looking for new ideas, or new ways to explore jewelry making.








More Info: http://www.galerienoelguyomarch.com

 

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