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For many years Sigurd Bronger has been an outsider in contemporary jewellery art, but now he enjoys increasing attention – nationally, through his retrospective exhibition 'Balloon Voyage', and internationally, through the book 'Laboratorium Mechanum' pulished by Arnoldsche in Germany.
Over the last 25 years, Sigurd Bronger has used things like eggs, balloons, sponges, pieces of soap and glass lenses as materials for making jewellery. His works are often ingenious, technical constructions that remind us less of conventional jewellery and more of instruments for scientific or medical research. He thinks of them as condition-measuring devices, communicative devices and wearable devices. Examples in the latter category are devices for carrying a goose egg, a drain pit, gall stones, a magnifying glass, and a transistor tube.
‘My jewellery is not meant to be decoration’, explains Bronger to Norwegiancrafts.no.
‘This decorative stuff many people equate with jewellery causes me to sometimes say I hate jewellery.’
But then why do you present your works as jewellery?
Why not present them as objects, sculptures or fine art?
‘They would not be as interesting. To the extent that I have a philosophy, it has to do with expressing absurdity. The jewellery concept allows my works to fall into a category that creates certain expectations, and when they break with these expectations, the off-the-wall ideas become even stranger, even more absurd.
Is it about provocation?
‘Maybe it has more to do with surprise; that the works become difficult to relate to, difficult to understand, because they don’t fit in, because they don’t ‘follow the rule book’.