Pascale Marthine Tayou Gri-Gri, 2017 18kt yellow gold ring with South Sea pearls, beads, African cloth and coloured threads Unique within a series of 7 Signed Traditionally the term ‘gri-gri’ has been related to good-luck voodoo talismans of African origin. Likewise, Tayou’s rings are amulets that stem a positive energy coming out from the hidden beads – there is a Shaman potion hidden inside! To realize these unique works the artist wraps the cloth very tightly with different coloured threads around a pearl symbolizing purity. Tayou believes that art cannot be separated from life and consequently his artworks repeatedly include objects from everyday life, often gathered during his trips. The journey, the encounter, the energy, the spontaneity and chance are concepts that shape Tayou’s art, leading to pieces that entail an eccentric and colorful mix of everyday situations, human peculiarities and geographies. The ‘Gri-Gri’ rings conveys the African tribal identity in the form of a ring, a jewellery piece with a relevant symbolism in European tradition, creating a blending of rituals and civilizations. This union results in a sophisticated piece of cultural synthesis, following the vibrant and playful style of Tayou’s artworks. Image courtesy of Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery and GALLERIA CONTINUA […]
Giulio Paolini Atena Lemnia, 2016 18kt white gold bas-relief necklace Edition of 8 Signed and numbered Giulio Paolini’s first wearable art project has been ideated around the idea of love. This gold bas-relief pendant is inspired by former installation of the artist ‘Sulla Soglia’. It represents a woman in Hellenistic style seen from behind, facing directly at the heart of the wearer. She is trying to trespass the threshold between the outer and the inner dimension, emphasizing the universality of the gaze as a bonding action This piece condenses the essence of the artist’s research that has always demonstrated interest in exploring the nature of images and the relationship between image and viewer. Through replication, fragmentation and citation Paolini often incorporates elements from the past into his artworks, thus establishing an artistic dialogue across times and styles.
Adel Abdessemed Game, 2016 18kt white gold laser-cut razor blade earrings Edition of 10 Signed and numbered “Game est une arme et un ornement – un objet à double tranchant. Une architecture de lames de rasoir telle que je les élabore…. il s’agit d’un prisme aussi bien que d’une évidence – une sorte de ‘beauté fatale’…” Adel Abdessemed “Game is a weapon and an ornament – a double-edged object. I developed it as an architecture of razor blades … it is a prism as much as an evidence – a sort of ‘fatal beauty’…” Adel Abdessemed Game (2016) is the first wearable art project designed by the artist Adel Abdessemed, in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani. Inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s idea of ‘fatal beauty’, Abdessemed created a chain bracelet and a pair of earrings made of an accumulation of white gold laser-cut razor blades. Game encapsulates the notion of fatal beauty by being both lethal and attractive in its appearance. It provides the person who will wear it with a complex interplay between being threatened and at the same time reassured by its beauty. Through its complex identity, Game draws from Abdessemed’s artistic practice, in which he consistently blends elements of beauty and […]
Frank Stella Ring, 2008 18kt yellow gold ring 4.4 x 8.9 x 5.1 cm Edition 8 of 10 Signed and numbered Inspired by baroque artists, who developed illusionistic “tricks” to convincingly suggest that their subjects emerged out of the canvas and into the space of the viewer, Stella extended his paintings into the third dimension to enter the viewer’s space with protruding materials. He further developed this concept creating exuberant sculptural works dominated by tangles of curves, spirals and loops. The wearable art project came to life through the collaboration between Stella and Ernest Mourmans. The drawing of the ring stems from a 6-meters sculpture. It took six months for realization, as it is all handmade and welded in 28 parts. Taking six months for realization, this beautifully crafted ring is Stella’s first piece of wearable art.
Ifeanyi Oganwu Cityscapes, 2016 9kt rose gold earrings 4.5 x 2.3 cm Edition of 12 Signed and numbered Inspired by metropolitan skylines mirrored on bodies of water, the Cityscapes Collection seeks to unify natural and manmade landscapes. Here, the functional support acts as a horizon line from which shards are reflected to create interactive elements with varying geometric intricacy. Works in the collection include a double ring, large earrings, and a pair of cufflinks, all of which grow from aggregated clusters of folded shards – the primary unit of the designs.
Pedro Cabrita Reis B5, 2015 18kt yellow gold and iron bangle 7 x 4.8 cm Unique, signed and titled A letter to Elisabetta Cipriani Dear E, I was never attracted by jewels. I’ve told you this several times. In the end perhaps that’s why I’ decided to accept your provocation? Challenge? Invitation? Or perhaps you just knew that I wouldn’t resist doing something new, exploring most of all my limits, my inclinations, my prejudices and why not admit it, my fetishisms. During the process of making these pieces there was a somehow omnipresent, vague and yet entangling eroticism as if bending, twisting, welding was a caress. There is no difference in doing a jewel, a sculpture or a drawing. At least not for me. I’m a painter that, after all, does many other things but always with that strange but intense emotion of the first moment.With these bracelets, such a moment was the anticipation of the encounter between the metal and the body, the harsh and the gentle.Vitality of life comes of its contradictions, antagonisms, its permanent tension, a stream of clashes. In art, like in life, harmony is fragile in appearance, and, in the pieces I’ve created for you, gold and iron, […]
Tatsuo Miyajima Time Ring, 2009 18kt red gold with green L.E.D., includes two batteries 4.3 x 3.9 x 3.9 cm Edition of 10 Signed and numbered Tatsuo Miyajima is one of Japan’s foremost sculptors and installation artists. His work has origins in the philosophy of Buddhism that conceives everything to be in continuous change, connected and lasting forever. The three leitmotivs are effectively expressed in his art through the recurrent reference to time in its perpetual flow. ‘My art relates to time and history, life and death, mind and soul and in particular to human existence. All good arts relate to thoughts about human existence.’ Tatsuo Miyajima Miyajima’s art is characterized by the combination of ever-changing numbers and digital light-emitting diodes (LED). Time Ring, the project in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani, perfectly encapsulates this binomial as well as the philosophy of his art. The rings, made in yellow, white or rose gold, present a LED digit display that works as a counter. Numbers are constantly flowing from 1 to 9 or vice versa representing the endless cycle of life. The zero is identified as the symbol of nothing and stillness and, therefore, it remains omitted on purpose. The counting speed ranges from […]
Enrico Castellani Superficie, 2012 18kt rose gold bracelet 6.7 x 6.6 cm Edition of 12 Signed and numbered Since the late 1950’s Enrico Castellani’s work has been characterized by striking relief structures called Superficie. The jewellery project came to life in 2012/2013, using a hammer and a chisel, the artist has created bracelets and necklaces made in three different colours of gold. The geometrical patterns created in these jewels alternate positive and negative space and establish a strong interplay between light and shadow.
Tom Sachs Godfather of Soul, 2009 18kt yellow gold necklace Pendant: 5.1 cm x 1.8 cm Chain: 65 cm long Box: plywood, resin, mirrors, steel screws, safety lock: 39.5 x 35.5 x 7 cm Edition of 10 Signed and numbered The Godfather of Soul is a necklace that was created by Sachs to celebrate the icon of Soul music, James Brown. Not only a musician, James Brown reinvented himself and innovated his industry. The Godfather of Soul is beautifully framed in a cabinet made of plywood so that it can be displayed on a wall. Sachs made the cabinet from ready made and found objects and he assembled it in his studio in New York. The idea is to have the necklace on the wall as a precious object to contemplate.
Jannis Kounellis Labbra (Lips), 2012 18kt yellow gold lips ring 2.1 x 6 cm Edition of 12 Signed and numbered When Elisabetta Cipriani proposed the jewellery collaboration project to the noted artist Jannis Kounellis, he liked the idea of recreating his 1972 gold sculpture, which was stolen in the 1980. However, this time with an entirely different purpose, as wearable sculpture – a ring. The Labbra (Lips) ring, a cast of Kounellis’s lips, is reminiscent of the purpose of the ancient Greek masks.