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eye-glasses

Object / Artefact › Applied Arts and Design
  • Other titles
    • ferns II (maker's title)
    • eyewear
  • Description
    eye-glasses and stand; the glasses consisting of two fern fronds made by the lost wax process? cast in silver forming the shades and a frame with riveted moveable joints and the ends of the arms having small scrolled twists accompanied by a simple silver stand for their display

    Brain Adam is a member of the Auckland-based Fingers jewellery collective and has been with the group virtually since its inception around 1974. Adam currently lives and teaches in Auckland.

    Adam’s work is typical of much recent New Zealand jewellery or jewellery based construction. As a maker based in jewellery, Adam has been obsessed with spectacles. Frequently his work has some witty near surreal reference. The crafting of his (usually) glass-less eyewear pieces become non-functional body adornment.

    In this work, the fern ‘shades’ make a cool and clever dress statement evoked from the effective use of the sunglasses motif around a decorative conceit. Or, more simply, to give the wearer the same sensation as looking through native bush.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    1995.68.4
  • Accession number
    1995.68.4
  • Collection area
  • Item count
    1
  • Record richness
eye-glasses
eye-glasses

Artefact

  • Credit
    purchased with funds provided by Charles Edgar Disney Art Trust, 1995, collection of Auckland Museum, Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1995.68.4
  • Notes
    Brain Adam has been obsessed with designing and making eyewear. Frequently his work has some witty, near surreal reference. His (usually) glass-less eyewear pieces become non-functional body adornment.

    In this work, the fern ‘shades’ make a cool and clever dress statement evoked from the effective use of the sunglasses motif around a decorative conceit. Or, more simply, they give the wearer the same sensation as looking through native bush.
  • Production
  • Signature/marks
    Inscribed reverse of frame: "ADAM NZ 999 AB 290 1994" Inscribed reverse of fronds: "ADAM NZ 950 SILVER 290 1994 FERNS 12 MAMAKU 950 SILVER 2% SILICON" Inscribed base of stand: "290 ADAM NEW ZEALAND SIL"  (maker's mark)
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole height : 65mm
      (height 65 x width 183 x depth 150 mm)
    • width : 183mm
    • depth : 150mm
  • Classification
    Chenhall Nomenclature (Nomenclature)
    › 03 Personal Artifacts (Category)
    › Adornment (Classification)
  • Record created
    24 February 1997

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