Exhibitions21 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.
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.
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)