“Jewelry is my dearest sin” opening April 29, includes works of Dutch artist Philip Sajet and Petra Zimmerman.
April 29 – June 4, 2017
at Ornamentum Gallery
As it started, we asked Petra Zimmermann and Philip Sajet- both artists whom we have been showing for a number of years, to hold coinciding exhibitions in our gallery space. When confronted with the task, they both reflected on their admiration of the other’s work and took it upon themselves to position the exhibition under a single umbrella, and came upon the title Jewelry Is My Dearest Sin to encompass the selection of both of their works created and collected for this show. When asked to comment on showing together, both artists reflected on the underlying qualities that bring both of their worlds together in conversation… even as the outcomes are strikingly dissimilar, there are traits found in both artists’ works such as the use and distortion of found objects, historical reverence- whether in the object or the techniques, and clear, bold, striking forms that convey an extraordinary strength, even when humor is employed in their designs.
“It was an arranged alliance… but a very good one. We both are on the same quest, but our roads are different. We understand and appreciate each others points of arrival.” – Philip Sajet
“On closer examination there are similarities to discover, like the use of found objects.
We both are taking what is there. One takes every-day material like nails or bottoms of a bottle, plastic fragments and collected pebbles, the other Cut-outs of ordinary print media and historical jewelry-material…
“To exhibit with another artist does not mean to show two positions at the same time, but gives the opportunity to step into a dialog and /or discourse.” – Petra Zimmermann
Philip Sajet, Dutch, born 1953, has been exhibiting with Ornamentum within the gallery and at international fairs since 2007. Jewelry Is My Dearest Sin markes Sajet’s 4th major exhibition with Ornamentum. Currently residing in France, Sajet’s works can be found in countless museum and private collections worldwide.
Petra Zimmermann, born 1975 in Graz, works and lives in Vienna, where she found herself the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts several years ago. Zimmermann has been exhibiting with Ornamentum since 2008, within the gallery and at international fairs. Jewelry Is My Dearest Sin markes Zimmermann’s 3rd major exhibition with Ornamentum.