The London Design Museum is currently hosting Gems and Ladders’ most recent 2-day jewelry art exhibition (Nov. 22 and 23). Works presented will be starring Tobias Rehlberger, for whom this exhibit will be his first, alongside Meret Oppenheim, Carol Bove, Lawrence Weiner, Claudia Comte, Liam Gillick, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Martin Boyce.
GEMS AND LADDERS, started by Thomas W. Bechtler, is a contemporary jewelry art design collection that utilizes various materials. The project aims to combine an artist’s creativity with skilled craftsmanship. It fills the void between traditional jewelry artistry, using precious metals and rare gemstones with new materials and contemporary creative ideas.
YES, NO, MAYBE by Tobias Rehberger
These three rings are the result of Rehberger’s collab with Gems and Ladders. His artwork being very inspired by the literal sense of the word vision, the gap between what can and can’t be seen, Rehberger made them from gold, silver and bronze and proceeded to cover them in opaque, plastic-like paint so as to portray the “(in)visible value of jewelry”.
The precious metals start to reveal themselves only after the ring has been used and worn out considerably, with the words “Yes”, “No” and “Maybe” carved onto their insides.
Born 1966, german artist Tobias Rehberger (b. 1966) teaches at Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany. Renowned by his work with space-filling installations and minimalist art creations, Rehberger’s most commendable works include his classical furniture design for the canteen of Paul-Löbe-Haus, where German Bundestag committee meetings often take place, and his 450-meter-long bridge-like sculpture over the Rhein-Herne-Kanal in Oberhausen.
Featured image: Rehberger’s “It’s very warm when the sun comes out” waist chains