Last week, I attended the reception at the Antonella Villanova Gallery in Florence for two jewelry artists, Peter Bauhuis and Andi Gut. The exhibition Correspondences: Vessels and Dishes is based on the regular exchange of these two artists about ideas, thoughts, sketches and plans — a weekly sending and receiving, recording, and processing through various channels. This dialogue between the artists and their work poses questions about jewelry as vessel receiving information, but also able to “emit diverse signals,” they explain. They have the capability of holding information, retaining it, or spilling it out.
These pieces are so solid in form, yet empty inside, a void that is hidden from the outer surface. They are deceivingly light weight and their forms are almost food-like. At least that was my instinctual reaction, to want to pick them up and eat them! Dare I say these made me think of a certain popular chocolate-covered peanut butter candy? The surface is tactile and the colors are warm.
Antonella is always pleasantly inviting and happily offers information about the artists and their work. She encourages students of art and metals to visit the gallery and take a look around, in fact I bring my students often. Here, she is showing me the underside of this necklace, revealing the beautiful sprues still in tact from the casting process. In casting, a sprue is the passage through which a molten material is introduced into a mold, and the term also refers to the excess material which solidifies in the sprue passage.
These vessels below are the outcome of a series of experiments in which various metal alloys are simultaneously cast within one mold, revealing unexpected colors and surfaces. They appear to be from antiquity.
Some of Peter’s Orifice rings are like soft flower buds or abstract soft gems, but others verge on representing vague body parts, all hollow inside.
The work of Andi Gut, Dishes, are made from recycled metals and colorful nylon. The title refers to formal analogies as well as to the origin of the materials he uses. These very tactile forms hang gently around the wearer’s neck as a collar of shapes, that to me resemble speaker pads, lenses, or some sort of medical apparatus.
October 25 – November 22, 2013
Antonella Villanova Gallery
Piazza Goldoni, 2, Florence – Italy
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Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-7pm