Under the Counter has been co-curated and designed by Intelligent Trouble – a collaboration between four makers: Helen Carnac, Lin Cheung, David Clarke and David Gates. With their own practices originating in various disciplines, they all have an inquisitive and open approach to practice, seeking to explore definitions of making today.

They have asked five jewellers to show their work alongside a selection of Intelligent Trouble works from their 2010 collaborative exhibition: ‘a curious exchange’.

Intelligent Trouble aim to explore collaborative practice, seeking to interrogate and subvert conventions of authorship, ownership and trust and to question the autonomy of singular artifacts when considering and showing creative practice. Their works seek to establish a site of collaborative social production.

The works exhibited here are an edited ‘conversation’ of works that were passed between the artists, with permission to (re)interpret, continue or dismiss any given passage, earlier this year. ‘During the recent editing of this work we found, that like many conversations, there were forgotten phrases, mistakes and repairs but also memorable excerpts, discoveries and jokes.  And after five months on hold we feel that these exhibited pieces speak most eloquently of our interactions’

Alongside these works the exhibition seeks to explore contemporary studio jewellery.

Contemporary studio jewellery practice can be shown to have excelled in its exploration of materials and value, use, meaning and materiality are some of the themes questioned by artists in recent decades. However by examining the artist’s making of the work or the owner’s act of wearing it may be argued that much jewellery practice is a project of the self. Through the work of these five artists this exhibition seeks to explore jewellery’s communicative role and potential in a wider social field. Beyond notions of personal ownership and adornment can wearing and meaning-making be taken further and can we look beyond a practitioner’s relationship with her or his materials to understand something more of the work?

‘My work is about people not person’

Elizabeth Callinicos


Elizabeth Callinicos and the IT washing line.

Timothy Information Limited and Benjamin Lignel.

Roseanne Bartley

Timothy Information Limited and the IT chalkboard

Intelligent Trouble and Elizabeth Callinicos

Lo Ce L’Ho D’Oro


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