AboutRecognised as a key figure of avant-garde contemporary jewellery, Bernhard Schobinger's subversive approach to making spans more than forty years and has earned him a reputation for rebellious innovation. His work skilfully transforms discovered objects into pieces that allude to past and present, precious and leftover.
Something of an alchemist, Schobinger gathers and processes all manner of matter, which frequently includes discarded detritus. From coloured pencils, spent knicker elastic, precious stones, combs or worn eraser nubs, to coins, diamonds, prickly saw files or poison bottles such scavenged materials are all sources of aesthetic and physical richness. At once anarchic and collectible, Schobinger's work unites these materials to create hybrid jewels that irreverently express their provenance while challenging conventional histories of body adornment.
Bernard Schobinger (1946, CH) lives and works in Zurich. A graduate of the School of Applied Arts in Zurich, he has worked independently since 1968, gaining international recognition. A recipient of the Francoise van der Bosch award in 1998, his work has been published extensively and is represented in significant public collections, among others the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His work is included in the V&A's survey show âPostmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 - 1990' which opens later this year.