PAD LONDON 2014
Elisabetta Cipriani – Jewellery by Artists is delighted to announce a group show including fifteen of the most well-know international contemporary living artists represented by the Gallery.
Among the projects on display, an extraordinary collaboration with internationally acclaimed Rebecca Horn and noted goldsmith Luisa del Valle, that uses the ancient Etruscan technique of crafting, which brings to unique pieces of jewellery conveying a mélange of antiquity and contemporaneity. The snail rose gold ring evokes the idea of sensuality, movement and energy present throughout the artist’s ouvre.
The project ‘Superficie’ by Enrico Castellani, one of the most famous Italian contemporary artists, will also be on view. A gold bracelet and necklace designed in 2013 realised with the same ingenious technique and tools applied in the 60’s to create his works on paper. The geometrical patterns created in these jewels alternate positive and negative space and establish a strong interplay between light and shadow.
An incredible collaboration with Jannis Kounellis, one of the main exponents of the ‘Arte Povera’, resulted in the project ‘Labbra’ (Lips), two colours of gold rings that recreate the idea of a piece the artist created in 1972 and that was stolen a decade after. The lips were a cast of Kounellis’s lips and retained the same purpose of the ancient Greek masks, which were used to cover the faces of the deceased. Being closed these gold lips represented the absence of breath as well as of voice and therefore, they recall the inevitable presence of the death.
Furthermore, as an exclusive for PAD London 2014, Elisabetta Cipriani will be presenting for first time a special project with the famous Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, whose works are a part of prestigious collections worldwide, including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Walker Art Center, Musee d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, and the Centre Pompidou. In his three-dimensional works, Wurm often connects deeply emotional and psychological conditions to the human body as an object. In so doing, he deliberately challenges traditional forms and pushes them towards precarious states of distortion and tension. Humour permeates his oeuvre, which is also underpinned by a fierce critique of consumer society and contemporary culture. The project will consist in a brooch, a necklace and a ring in the form of a pickle each in a limited edition.
Finally, a fascinating first time collaboration between the Gallery and the well-known Iranian contemporary artist Avish Khebrehzadeh, consisting in a limited edition of the high-end sunglasses by L.G.R, enriched with details in different precious materials. The sunglasses, as a physical mask and facial ornament, are a deliberate play of the notion of the mask, central in the artist’s more recent works, being in essence a study of conditions, behaviours or gestures through which the individual either conceals the true self or projects an alternative self.