A question of value
In the mid-1980s, inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s objets trouvés, André Ribeiro combined two contrary materials: diamonds and rubber. His source of inspiration was a black sealing ring used for plumbing pipes. With the diamond, the hardest of all gemstones and the stone with the best light reflection properties, Ribeiro found the ideal complement. Thanks to the rubber’s tension, the connection between the diamonds set in gold and the soft base material is not only dynamic but also does justice to the materials involved. “The question of the value of what is intrinsically worthless and the worthlessness of the valuable reflects a stance that is basic to my life,” says Ribeiro. Paulina’s Friends presents Ribeiro’s earliest unknown work from the 80-ies, which is considered to be a precursor of the diamonds rubber collection.