Ruudt Peters Rubber Aluminum bracelet

Rubber / Aluminum Bracelet, Originally designed in 1973, unlimited.

Ruudt Peters Symbol Bracelet

Symbol (Spear), bracelet, 1986, gilded brass, 5.31 x 1.97 x .2 inches

 

Seven Symbols

Ruudt Peters introduced a series of seven armbands in paper-thin gold over a brass core. They are displayed to us on little scarlet pillows, or on pedestals. Each bracelet forms a distinctive line around the wrist. It is a three dimensional symbol, with a concrete but personal symbolic value for the artist. The shapes refer to ideas and feelings which are important for him. For instance, the image of the fish has gained a deeply charged meaning from its use in the Christian church. There is one form which shows a great affinity with architecture, the art par excellence within which meaning is constructed by means of symbols. There are also references to human relations. Ruudt Peters has “symbols” – well-known figures in the jewellery world – wear his symbols. Michel Szulc Kryzanowski photographed them with the armbands. For what purpose? They have added meaning. Added? They would object to that formulation. They have made inherent values accessible. They do justice to modern jewellery. “Desire is greater than being,“ Ruudt Peters asserts. Desire always overreaches boundaries. It exists thanks to those boundaries. Desire plays a definitive role in art and in the art world. The artist seeks to give form to what presently has no contour. The art world wants the artist to succeed in that. Everyone involved desires that the desired should exist. We often act as if the desired reality can be forced. Ruudt Peters’ presentation makes one stop and think. All that glitters is not gold. Fortunately, despite the little velvet pillows, his work remains exquisite. Here the desired becomes real.

Ans van Berkum  1987

Ruudt Peters Ear Capital

Ear Capital, 1986, ear clip, gold, pearls, 18 x 9 x 7 mm

Capital brooch Ruudt Peters

Capital, brooch, 1983, screen print on formica, 10.25 x 2.1 x 0.15"

Ruudt Peters Gratie brooch.

Gratie (Omega), 1986 gold gilded brass, ping pong ball.

place ball behind shirt, press into the gilded form on outside of shirt.

Ruudt Peters Symbol Bracelet

Symbol (Cloud), 1986, bracelet, brass, gold plated, 4.25 x 3.94 x .2 inches

Ruudt Peters Brooch Dedicated To

Dedicated To, 1988, brooch, steel, 9 cm Ø x 17mm

Ruudt Peters Wolftand Ear Clips

Wolftand, 1984, ear clips, silver and gold, 14 x 13 x 5 mm

Capital bracelet Ruudt Peters

Capital, bracelet, 1983, screen print on formica

Ruudt Peters Symbol Bracelet

Symbol (Fish), 1986, bracelet, gilded brass, 4.72 x 1.69 x .79 inches

Ruudt Peters Gratie Brooch

Gratie (Cross), 1986 gold gilded brass, ping pong ball.

place ball behind shirt, press into the gilded form on outside of shirt.

Ruudt Peters Brooch Dedicated To

Dedicated To, 1988, brooch, steel, 9 cm Ø x 17mm

Capital bracelet Ruudt Peters

Capital, bracelet, 1983, screen print on formica

Biography

Beginning in the 1970's, Ruudt Peters, a pioneering Dutch conceptual jewellery artist, challenged traditional definitions of adornment by pushing the boundaries of context, wearability, materials and presentation. A leader in art jewellery in Holland, Peters exemplifies a mode of expression that is unmistakably Dutch.

He has exerted a strong influence on the development of contemporary jewellery as an artist and as a professor at some of the most prestigious universities in Europe, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm, where he was teaching till 2009. At the moment Peters is professor at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery school, Florence, Italy