“There was one overarching idea that inspired this collection, but it’s more important for you to interpret the work as whatever you think it is and that’s how you will be able to make it your own,” says Rahul Jhaveri, founder of Studio Renn, as he walks me through his new exhibition ‘Infinite Possibilities and One Unique Point of Existence’. A ‘diamantaire with a love for art’, Jhaveri works with artists who are non-jewellers to design “abstract interpretations of the world around us”, which master craftsmen then transform into limited edition collections.
This is an exhibition and sale of fine jewellery, but where a jewellery exhibition usually conjures up images of slender necks weighed down by heavy gold or polki, this one moves away from the idea. The show has been curated and displayed like an art exhibition in a spacious gallery with high ceilings flooded with natural light, the pieces themselves displayed like artworks on pedestals. Stenciled onto the walls are words that inspire Studio Renn’s philosophy: ‘Forms imitate life imitate art imitate forms’ and ‘Where you stand determines what you see’. Interspersed are photographs of the sketches which transformed into the jewellery. The jewellery is far from mainstream. Contemporary and avant-garde, each has a unique thought behind it. Jhaveri points out a beautiful pair of earrings encrusted with sapphires and diamonds. “From the front you can only see the sapphires. It’s when you turn your head that the diamonds emerge. It plays with the idea of movement. Usually long earrings are very flexible but here I made them a little stiff to create the effect.” Another sublime piece is an asymmetrical ruby ring encrusted with diamonds on the outside. A play on the words “From the top you can see but you can’t touch and from the bottom you can touch but you can’t see”, it is when you wear the ring that you can feel the rubies.
The collection focuses on earrings, rings, bracelets, and pendants made with 18-karat gold, diamonds, Zambian emeralds, South Sea pearls, and natural Burmese rubies and sapphires. At the moment Studio Renn operates through private appointment only (Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai) and standalone shows. Depending on the availability, you can carry some pieces away with you; others will be delivered to you after the exhibition.
The exhibition is being held at the Kolkata Centre for Creativity, which, since its opening last November, has quickly become one of the city’s favourite cultural hubs. A multidisciplinary interactive art centre spread over five floors, the ground floor is a gallery space that has regular art shows (it is currently showing Rasa by sculptor G Ravinder Reddy.) Above that is another gallery-cum-amphitheatre for more immersive events such as the Studio Renn exhibition. Other floors include the ‘imagination centre’ for kids, conceptualised by author Devdutt Pattanaik to bring Indian mythology alive. The gift shop is filled with rare, handpicked items for the home, and a library resource on the top floor has books and different art materials as well as 3D printers and laser cutters to encourage students to access the latest technology. Since it opened, the KCC has hosted events ranging from dance performances and workshops to modern and heritage art exhibitions.
Where: Kolkata Centre For Creativity, 777, Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, Anandapur, Adarsha Nagar, Kolkata
When: 13th – 21st July, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
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