The first thing we notice in Adam Grinovich's jewellery is large glittering stones in abundance. His brooches and pendants are covered in so many clear cut stones that the structure that supports them is sometimes almost invisible. The metal constructions are so thin that they look as if they are about to fall apart. In contrast, the stones look like perfect diamonds, a symbol of timeless and enduring extravagance. In fact, what we see are not real diamonds but cubic zircons, a synthetic stone that is much cheaper.
Adam Grinovich is interested in the strong link between jewellery and greed, avarice and status. Everything we wear relates to the culture in which we find ourselves, and the phenomenon of 'bling' is a luxurious façade in which the fake gives the appearance of being the real thing.
Grinovich's work combines solid craftsmanship with machine-made parts. In his process, he has developed a way of truly collaborating with the 3D printer, allowing the typical expressions of production to become an integral part of the jewellery, rather than trying to hide the traces of the machine, as is often done otherwise. By switching between different techniques, Adam Grinovich's work leads to a discussion of value in relation to the handmade and the machine-made.
Adam Grinovich was born in 1981, educated in Stockholm and works in Savannah, USA.
Titles: Elsaq 3, Totem, Titanic
Material: steel, cubic zirconia, paracord (rope)