10th August – 3rd September 2016
Sean Axelrod’s work veers between wearable ornament and sculpture. Axelrod alludes to medals and uniforms through colour, materials and the arrangement of shapes, but on second glance the dominant imagery is seen to consist of a hidden narrative. Visually, these are interesting rather than pretty assemblages, but their ‘meaning’ and their symbolism suggest ambiguities that are open to interpretation.
In his current exhibition Conversations, Axelrod creates layers of dialogues in his works – a dialogue between the body as a landscape and the artworks; and a dialogue within the works, between images, ideas, materials, colour and shapes. Axelrod's exhibition creates a stage where conversations are taking place to create the narrative of the artwork – a fragmented conversation, that unifies itself to create story.
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As a jeweller and a sculptor I see my jewellery as branch of sculpture, a branch that uses a person as a landscape to create a physical, emotional and intellectual dialogue. This creative space offers an opportunity for a intimate conversation with another person through the artworks.
I see my work as a form of story-telling, creating a stage, where symbolism and metaphors create conversations. Images, colours, materials and form convey a dialogue that creates a narrative within the work and a connection to the person that is wearing my jeweller.
The jewellery works I currently create, explore four aspects of jewellery:
The sculptural aspect of creating a wearable object as form, colours, material and surfaces
The manifestation of the relationship between an object and the wearer, in the physical sense and as an emotional and conceptual dialogue
Questioning the relationship of the jewellery I create, to the historical tradition of jewellery as a wearable, precious object
How I translate my aesthetics and conceptual values to physical works of Art.
These four aspects inform the making of my jewellery and the values I cherish in making art, from a subjective, personal point of view.
1982 Jewelry Redifined British Crafts Centre, London.
1982 Modern Israeli Jewelry Exhibition & Publication Japan.
1983 Group Exhibition & Publication Bezalel Academy,
1984 The Americas, Australia, Europe and Japan Contemporary Jewelry The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto & Tokyo.
1984 The New Jewellery Trends+Traditions,
P Dormon and R Turner, Thames & Hudson, London.
2001 Timeless Tales Exhibition Catalogue, Melbourne
2007 Heartbeat Away Works by Sean Axelrod 1990-2006
2013 Jewellery in Israel Multicultural Diversity 1948 to the Present
I Fishof, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart.
2015 A Matter of Time Isreali Jewelry 7 Eretz Isreal Museum Tel-Aviv
1984 Bezalel Academy Art Gallery, Jerusalem
1986 Pratt Institute Art Gallery, New York
1990 Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
1992 About Differentiations Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
1992 Low Tide Linden Gallery, Melbourne
1995 Particle Wave “Stop 22” Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Conversations Red Gallery, Melbourne
2001 Timeless Tales Helen Gory Gallery, Melbourne.
2007 Heartbeat Away Helen Gory Gallery, Melbourne.
2015 Stories From the Middle, Artis House, Tel Aviv *
Spartos Museum, Chicago
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1982 British Craft Centre, London
1983 Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem
1983 Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University
1984 Judat L Magnes Museum, Berkley California
1984 Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1987 Herzliya Museum, Israel
1988 R.M.I.T. Staff Exhibition, Melbourne
1990 Dislocation, R.M.I.T., Melbourne
1990 Special, it’s been used before, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
1990 Dislocation Exhibition Catalogue, Melbourne.
1992 Wide Vision Downloands Art Exhibition, Toowomba.
1993 Exhibition of Contemporary Art by Jewish Artists in Australia Exhibition Catalogue, Melbourne.
1995 The Saloon Fringe Festival Exhibition Catalogue, Melbourne.
2000 New Q 2000 Linden Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, Melbourne
1991 Review 1991, Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
1992 Wide Vision, Dowenlands College, Toowomba
1993 Contemporary Art by Jewish Artists in Australia, Westpac Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne (as part of the Jewish Festival of Arts)
1993 The Premonition of Sentience (installation), Linden Gallery, Melbourne
1993 The Golem Jewish Museum, Melbourne 1994 Private Space/Public Space Sculpture in the City Square, Melbourne (in association with Melbourne Art Triennial)
1995 Touch Saloon Fringe Festival (installation)
1997 Helen Gory Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Stop 22 Gallery, Melbourne
2000 New Q 2000 Linden Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Schtik Gallery – ongoing exhibition *
2012 Can’t Think Straight Gallery *
2013 Blackfinch Gallery – ongoing exhibition *
2014 Over your Head, Stanley Street Gallery *
2015 Jewelry 7 Biennale, Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv *
Early works under the name Avner Axelrod