12th of August – 17th of September 2021
Philipp Spillmann (b. 1977, Zürich, Switzerland) is a graduated goldsmith from the Schule für Gestaltung in Zürich, but today he works mainly with found materials and has exhibited his art jewellery internationally. Spillmann´s work raises questions on sustainability, consumption culture and ecological impact of industrial waste. The exhibition Origins shows a selection of jewellery made from plastic trawl net balls found along the northern Norwegian coast. The plastic trawl net balls have come loose from fishing boats and have drifted around the sea before they got washed ashore, either whole or crushed into pieces. Some have been broken down along the way and become one with the marine ecosystem and its food chains. It is the material itself that leads the process to the final works; it evokes associations and stories, both at the place of finding and during processing in the workshop.
Spillmann has exhibited widely in Norway and abroad, recently participating in exhibitions at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, Aotu Space, Beijing, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and Museum of Contemporary Jewellery, Warsaw. He is represented in the collections of The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø, and KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes, Bergen.