This December, Amsterdam based Artist Réka Fekete is bringing her 'wearable objects' to Courtesy of the Artist. She has created some work specially for her Sydney exhibition, and we can't wait to share them all with you.
The city is like a big machine. The people and the cars are her moving cogs, keeping the city together and in motion. Neighbourhoods grow and fade, buildings rise and decay. The coloured surfaces and the roads are like buttons and belts on a machine. Standing inside the city, you feel her life, her skin, the movement, the noise. Then, when you zoom out, it feels as if the sound has been switched off. The continuous motion can still be seen, but instead of being part of it, the city becomes a colourful, patchwork landscape; the supple, noiseless dancing of a machine.
The work of Réka Fekete depicts the dynamic city. Home, street, park, neighbourhood: spaces, changing and interacting with each other, become symbols for the people that live in them. Fekete takes the components of the city, takes them apart, transforms, hammers, rearranges, and puts them back together again. Just as happens to us, through life and circumstances: we harden and soften; collapse and recover; rush and come to a halt. Objects fold themselves into different constellations, trying to keep in balance, exposing loose seams, making new connections. And so, the basic elements are constantly being rearranged and replaced, in service of the preservation of the central essence. This balance is a perpetual movement. Searching for it is a continuous fine tuning of the self.
Réka Fekete (1982, Hungary) lives in Amsterdam and works as an artist and contemporary jewellery maker. She grew up in an artistic household in Budapest. After having various adventures throughout the Netherlands as an exchange student, she moved to Amsterdam in 2004. In 2010 she graduated from the Jewellery Design program at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. In 2011 and 2014 she was invited by Iris Eichenberg, to be a guest artist in the metals department for the fall semesters, at the Cranbrook Academy of Art (MI, USA). She has also been invited to give several lectures, workshops and have talks with students.
Réka Fekete has exhibited her work worldwide, in solo and group exhibitions in galeries, art fairs and museums since 2010. Her work is published in numerous international publications and included in collections such as the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn (NL) and the collections of collectors around the world.
Her jewellery are wearable objects. Some really are for the body, others for the wall: jewellery for a room.
This exhibition will open on Thursday the 6th of December 2018, at 5.30pm. Please join us for a glass of wine, and a look at some of Réka's carefully crafted pieces. Kindly RSVP here.
Photo (Left) 'Happy to be here' Neckpiece I & II, Zinc, Gold Leaf, Chinese Beading Rope, Glass Beads, Silver, Aluminium, Silk. Photo (Middle) 'Parks of Sydney' Necklace, Silver, Aluminium. Photo (Right) 'Happy to be here' Object, Zinc, Gold Leaf, Iron Wire. All photos courtesy of Réka Fekete.