2013.08.03 - 08.31.
Solo Exhibition
HOCHsitz Atelier, Retschow, Germany

in cooperation with Schmuck2
Photograph of the jewelries: Yosuke Demukai
Design of the field map: Rüdiger Schlömer

Naoko Ogawa's project "Jewellery Hunting - Die Jagd nach dem Schmuckbild" is based on the connotation of individual beauty that exists only in our imagination. The artist's goal is to initiate a hunt in which jewellery and the possession thereof is only experienced visually. Moreover, one is sensitised to the awareness of a new perception of worth. According to Ogawa, the possession of worth is the most meaningful element of each person, because it is what constitutes the respective individual personality. Similar to the possession of a car, a clock, a work of art, or a house, jewellery is considered to be a specific indicator of self-expression in our society. The artist alludes to this idea in her jewellery hunt.
In Ogawa's "Jewellery Hunt," a fleeting image of jewellery is captured, existing only for the moment. For this, the artist makes use of various lighting effects and apparitions. Thus, glowing light, diffused light, light fragments, or a stark colour contrast, as well as silhouettes or casted shadows can be pieces of jewellery in the sense given by the artist.
Visitors can go on the jewellery hunt themselves by means of a field map on which the artist has defined possible places to hunt down jewellery in the area of Bad Doberan/Rostock. The point of departure for the hunt is the HOCHsitz Atelier. A piece of jewellery from a successful hunt can be captured in a picture, or just carried home in one's memory.
In her project, Naoko Ogawa plays with jewellery in an immaterial form; and at the same time, she succeeds to contribute by example to the discourse on hyperreality and jewellery. Both of these are themes on which Schmuck2 has been focusing its projects for some years. The project is amenable to a number of different interests, while at the same time being unique in its concept.

Text: Schmuck2