GIORGIO VIGNA Naturalia
exhibition 31 May -30 May tue-sat 10am – 6pm
Elisabetta Cipriani- Jewellery by Artists is pleased to announce Giorgio Vigna Naturalia on Wednesday 30 May from 6-8pm. This is the Hirst solo jewellery exhibition by Giorgio Vigna in the UK.
Giorgio Vigna’s unique jewellery is the essence of natural elements in their most primitive and primordial state. They are geological adventures of earth and water, Hire and wind, light and shadow, which form the basis of the artist’s research; where the natural and the artiHicial, the macrocosm and microcosm meet and collide and are deHined through their opposition and contrast.
The materials he uses are copper, glass, gold, silver, sand and magnets, always handled in new and surprising ways. He uses the material following its natural characteristics but also exploring the potential to limits revealing hidden possibilities: put together, kneaded folded and combined until it becomes something else, a concrete expression of possible worlds. The simplicity of the shapes and of the material tends to revel the unexpected: a sudden golden slit in the shadow of oxidized copper; an unforeseen whisper of glass set free from an apparently motionless silver geode; expressions of sand and water enclosed in a musical stone.
His objects become sculptures to be worn, elements which generate possible transformations which reveal new ways of life and celebration.
A small selection of Vigna’s art works will interact with the jewellery. Sitting Stone/Geodi is a reticular structure with an organic and light look, but in reality strong and resistant, which evoke the Karesansui, the Japanese “gardens of stone”.
Fuochi D’acqua, unique glass pieces made in collaboration with Venini. Cosmo, a work on paper invoking a window looking out on a fragmented cosmic life. This is the result of twenty years of research developed by the artist through his personal and printing technique of “acquatipo”, which creates a dialogue between water and ink.
Giorgio Vigna (Verona 1955) began his career as a stage designer and director in the 80’s and later in publishing works of art, learning and experiencing the ancient techniques of marbling. He patented a particular way of marbling on porcelain, ceramic, glass and on their derivates.
After expanding his research on the glass and in 1997 started a collaboration with Venini for whom he designed several glass pieces (Fuochi d’acqua (2002), Luce Siderale ( 2006), Fuochi Astrali (2010), Fuochi Bianchi (2011)).
Vigna’s work is displayed in major public collections including: MAD, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, USA, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti, Firenze, Italia, Miaao, Museo Internazionale delle Arti Applicate Oggi, Turin, Italy, The Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu Collection of Murano Glass, New York, USA ,The Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu Art Collection, New York, USA. In 2011 he participated to the exhibition TRA. Edge of Becoming at Palazzo Fortuny during the 54° Venice Biennale