Condom machines are not exactly the most romantic objects in the world. Reminiscent of furtive glances to see who’s looking, or, perhaps, furtive rendezvous where you’re not too fussed who’s looking; they may not provide the ideal symbol for Valentine’s Day gifts.
However, The RCA’s selling exhibition ‘Something for the Weekend’ may be about to change that. Students from the Royal College of Art’s Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery MA course have created a series of stunning jewellery items, all rather tongue-in-cheekily displayed in condom boxes within a condom machine.
The exhibition takes place (surprise surprise) in Shoreditch’s Rivington Street gallery space this weekend just in time for Valentine’s Day, where you can pick up the perfect gif for your partner/lover/desired.
However, the show promises so much more than a range of beautifully crafted jewellery. It is hoped the exhibition will explore the complexities surrounding the tokens that are given on Valentine’s Day.
‘Valentine’s Day is a time of giving – jewellery, chocolates and flowers are all ritually presented to loved ones as statements of affection and attraction’ say the organisers.
‘Yet this isn’t done without expectation – sex can often be the thank you that admirers and partners are looking for in return.’
Hence, we’re guessing, the johnnies.
Among the (ahem) pieces on show are Christopher Thompson Royds’ ‘Love Is…’ penis-shaped earrings; Frances Wadsworth-Jones’ ‘Heaven Sent’ bird-poo shaped brooch; Fraser Hamilton’s sublimely erotic ‘Lady’ ring, and Jonathan Boyd’s ring, ‘I prefer to keep my emotions hidden’, which encloses personal messages within a simple band.
Something for the Weekend? is at Space Fifty-four, 54 Rivington Street, London EC2A from, 9 – 15 February 2011