Damien Hirst Pill Ring


Damien Hirst: The Cathedral Collection
Los Angeles Convention Center
South Hall J and K, 1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
January 15 – January 18, 2015

Renowned British artist Damien Hirst has already ventured into the business of jewelry making once before. He founded Other Criteria in 2005 to sell affordable, high quality art, and part of that mission included a sterling silver charm bracelet featuring his pills. His recent collection, “The Cathedral Collection,” is a more expensive affair, and will be on exhibit at the LA Art Show. The LA Art Show takes place from January 15 – 18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall. It will showcase limited edition jewelry pieces designed by Damien Hirst and Californian jewelers HOORSENBUHS.

The Cathedral Collection combines HOORSENBUHS’ signature tri-link design with Hirst’s iconic ‘pharmaceutical religion’, which follows from Hirst’s previous jewelry collections in its use of medical symbology. The collection consists of two pieces; a Pill Ring and Pill Rosary with each item limited to a 25 piece run. Made of golden Valium, Vicodin & Viagra pills, the Pill Ring and Pill Rosary can be customized to individual specifications including size, precious metal, and stone preference. Retailing from $25,000 – $60,000, every stamped and numbered piece in the collection comes in a specially created pill vial, the seal of which can only be broken once. This is encased within an exclusively made red HIRST X HOORSENBUHS box.

“You can pray to your pills. They are like a cure,” states Hirst. The collection is an extension of Hirst’s previous series that have explored, religion, art, love, and medicine turning contemporary art into wearable pieces. The Cathedral Collection will be presented by London-based gallery, Other Criteria, founded by Hirst, and located at Booth #706 on the LA Art Show floor.

The LA Art Show Producer is very happy to include these jewelry pieces as works of art in their show: “ We hosted the California debut of his Butterfly Print Series “The Souls” in 2012 and his work has always resonated very well with our audience. It is an honor for us to continue to showcase such exclusive and exceptional work by one of the most internationally recognized and respected artists alive today,” stated LA Art Show Producer, Kim Martindal. Hirst has provided a way of “Reinterpreting contemporary art as accessories.” Or maybe is it accessories as art?

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