• Tree Frog

    brooch 2017

    Tree Frog

    silver, plastic (Starbucks Card)

    € 1575,00

  • New Beads 07

    necklace 2018

    New Beads 07

    silver gold plated, plastic (Beauty Mileage Card, Starbucks Card)

    sold

  • New Beads 10

    necklace 2018

    New Beads 10

    silver, plastic (Nordstrom Gift Card)

    € 3150,00

  • Pink Crybaby

    brooch 2017

    Pink Crybaby

    silver, plastic (Nordstrom Gift Card)

    sold

  • New Beads 11

    necklace 2018

    New Beads 11

    silver gold plated, plastic (Aritaum VIP Card)

    € 2750,00

  • New Beads 12

    necklace 2018

    New Beads 12

    silver, plastic (Starbucks Special Edition Card)

    sold

  • Mustache

    brooch 2017

    Mustache

    silver, plastic (LG Fashion Membership Card)

    € 1575,00

  • New Beads 01

    necklace 2018

    New Beads 01

    silver, plastic (CJ One Card)

    € 2950,00

  • Doll Face

    brooch 2017

    Doll Face

    silver, plastic (Amorepacific Membership Card)

    € 1575,00

  • New beads 09

    necklace 2018

    New beads 09

    silver, plastic (Tory Burch Gift Card)

    € 3350,00

  • New Beads 04

    necklace 2018

    New Beads 04

    zilver, plastic (Lotte Members Card)

    € 2750,00

  • Pointy Chin

    brooch 2017

    Pointy Chin

    silver, plastic (Watsons GS & Point Card)

    € 1575,00

  • New Beads 05

    necklace 2018

    New Beads 05

    silver, plastic (Starbucks Card)

    sold

  • New Beads 06

    necklace 2018

    New Beads 06

    silver, plastic (Craft Trend Fair Card)

    € 2950,00

Exhibitions

21 04 2018 — 02 06 2018

SUNGHO CHO New Beads

Gradually credit cards are developing into the gatekeepers of our behaviour. They facilitate our acquisitions and make our life easy and more pleasant where ever we care to travel. On the other hand, they're also a threat to exactly those privileges: our behaviour is recorded and scrutinized by the banks, and apart from that, the cards offer more opportunities to criminals than we're willing to acknowledge. The very name credit card is revealingly concealing: where the name is supposed to refer to creditworthiness and available assets, for many people the association will rather be with debts and worries.

New Beads

Sungho Cho was initiated it metal craft and jewellery design at the National University in South Korea and he subsequently studied extensively in Florence and Munich. Next to the almost obvious choice for metal - in his case mostly silver - he likes to apply other materials that may inspire him or even add an unexpected extra significance to his work. Some years ago credit cards  - once expired - played for the first time a role in his jewellery pieces. In the new necklaces Cho is displaying this time, their application has become even more abstract. With a refined choice of contours and sizes, he produced almost classically shaped necklaces. Only the colours and decorations betray a past, in which these very pieces of plastic guarded all sorts of secrets. Once integrated in Sungho Cho jewellery designs, they turn into symbols of freedom, breaking the bonds of statistics and debt burdens. Here the credit cards are finally granted a lasting, and strictly personal, value.

Ward Schrijver 
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)