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‘E-x-h-i-b-i-t-i-o-n’ Key Chain V4 (Einvierment)
‘E-x-h-i-b-i-t-i-o-n’ Key Chain V4 (Einvierment) One key chain 22 x 9 x 7cm // 8 ⅝ x 3 ½ x 2 ¾” 87g // 3oz Unique
The ‘E-x-h-i-b-i-t-i-o-n’ Key Chain was born from our desire to create an autonomous cosmos from a set of bespoke objects. Assembled together as a key chain these objects function as a portable exhibition that could be “installed” on a belt loop or handbag and carried anywhere.
The ‘E-x-h-i-b-i-t-i-o-n’ Key Chain comprises of the following elements:
Double-sided plastic photo case with two unique printed photos inside
Plastic tag engraved with a word that is spelled incorrectly mounted to a zigzag-cut faux leather tag
Stainless steel tag printed with Matt Montini’s pinky fingerprint in enamel paint (recto) attached to a plastic label engraved with Matt Montini’s logo (verso)
Two-colour braided tower box knot
Handmade ‘flexible Montini figurine’ made of wire and wooden beads
2 x sealed security tags (blue & yellow)
Separate special hand drawn plastic key ring for one special key
A chromed metal belt clip is at the top of the key chain to allow quick attachment to a belt loop or bag with a separate large metal ring to allow numerous keys to be attached.
Devised and made by hand the individual dangling elements have been created over the last few months, using simple homemade techniques and crafts, in order to create a real ‘over-the-years’ bundle of collected objects. This is, of course, in contrast to real time where they would have been added one-by-one over a longer period. We wanted to create a cluttered, personal, messy and original collection of objects that when combined with your own keys will create a functional and distinctive key chain that will look like it was made by a family member or a close friend.
What does it mean to have this key chain, that only LOOKS like it was made by a close friend or family member? How does the personal, private, specific and cryptic DNA embedded in each knot, twist, cut, stitch and line relate to YOU? -- When we made this item we thought about ‘fiction’ and ‘earnestness’ and how both are wrapped up in this object that will end up in someone’s bag, hanging from the front door’s lock, jangling in someone’s pocket, being touched by someone’s hands. We don’t have to know someone personally to address them and so this item is NOT a shortcut, we ARE your friend who made it. Like a constellation of stars it is active, ever changing, rattling, reacting. Like a cosmos it is impossible to see all of its elements at once, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts...
As Montini said in one of his rare documented lectures in Alexandria university in Egypt in 1988, two years before he died:
“A shortcut is not an alternative route, and it is definitely not shorter. What it is in fact, is just a mere cut, from where you were to where you were supposed to arrive. Life doesn't offer any accelerated route, it has its own pace and rhythm. Always choose the long road”.
Each key chain is unique and individual in colour, photo prints and tags. We won’t make the same key chain twice.
The key chain consists of beads and small parts that are not suitable for children under the age of 3.