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Interview with Luis Acosta

Interview  /  ArtistsBehind the Scenes
Published: 02.08.2016
Luis Acosta Luis Acosta
Author:
Klimt02
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2016

Intro
Jewelry is something that I have not learned from anyone. I have taken previous knowledge and started  to experiment. The result is my own style and it is very colorful.
The textile basis is the most important in my formation. Gradually it gave way in 1996 to the paper jewelry. When I design a piece of jewelry, unconsciously I have in mind the textile weft. Without my background of textile designing I could not do what I do today. 
Do you think that jewellery is being standardized? What is there of local and universal in your artistic work?
Contemporary jewellery manifests its progress every day. It is in a constant developping process. In the creation of each artist one can observe trends not only in forms but also in being encouraged to use materials of all kinds and the combinations among them. I think that my work has only local that emerges from a simple form. Dutch design is simple and effective. The Baroque which may appear to be some of the pieces arise from the treatment I gave to the forms.

Probably my South American origin is due to this. Many people have told me that my pieces show ethnic influences. I never intend to create a work with this idea. What is certainly true is that by living in the Netherlands I feel the need to use expressive colors in my work since the weather is quite gray. The sun does not appear as often as in South America or Southern Europe. Can I regard this local or universal? Sincerely I cannot answer this question. Regarding is concerned jewelry is something that I have not learned from anyone. I have taken previous knowledge and started  to experiment. The result is my own style and it is very colorful. The textile basis is the most important in my formation. Gradually it gave way in 1996 to the paper jewelry. When I design a piece of jewelry, unconsciously I have in mind the textile weft. Without my background of textile designing I could not do what I do today. 
 
What do you expect when exposing your work to the public (for example with an exhibition)?
Above all, I am interested in the public reaction. I like to hear comments because they can also be quite educational. I like to hear what the discussions between the viewers. Sometimes, in a shy way, they do not tell the artist as if he is strange person. Naturally, if objects are sold it would be even better but for me as an artist is not my main motivation.
 
Are other areas besides the jewellery, present in your work?
My background is textile design which makes my pieces contain this discipline techniques. The design of complements runs almost parallel to the jewelry.
 
The last work, book, film, city that has moved me was...
These last months I visited two cities which have made a big impression on me.
In May I visited for the first time, Medellin (Colombia). I had an exhibition at the Gallery La Sierpe and I gave workshops. I went through the city and everything was magical. There was a certain energy that I could feel and it excited me. The other city is Bilbao (Spain), where I also stayed for work. I have been there more than a decade ago. I discovered a different city, but the cherry on the cake was my visit to the Guggenheim Museum with the exhibition "Cells" of Louise Bourgeois. Simply magnificent.


Louise Bourgeois: Structures of Existence; The Cells, organised by Haus der Kunst, Munich, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. 


A place, space, country whose creativity surprises me...
The Netherlands is a country whose creativity surprises me. Not because I live here but for the excellent sense of design. The Dutch are fearless. I shall never forget my visits to several museums in New York, Washington and Los Angeles. In all of them was a representation of Dutch Design. This was not standard the case for other European countries. That would mean the Netherlands has a good variety of qualified designers..
 
Is there any designer, jeweller, artist, you appreciate a lot?
Claudio Pino. His jewels have a language of refinement that only occurs in them. They are unique.

What piece or work has given you the most satisfaction?
It is difficult since all of them have their own charm. Whenever one goes with its new owner, I feel somehow sorry as I am losing a part of myself. If I measure satisfaction by what chooses the public, I must say my necklaces whether they are made of  paper or paper threads.

Do you read Jewellery Magazines? What is your source to get information?
I do not read Jewellery Magazines. All I read is via social media. I do not seek for inspiration. The forms are everywhere. You have to see them and discover how to develop them to your personal design.
 
Do you discuss your work with other jewellery artists or any other person?
While I have frequent contacts with many jewellery artists, I never discuss my work with them.
 
What is your first thought when you hear the word Future? What do you expect for?
The future does not exist. The future becomes by what we are doing ourselves. If we say 'in a minute' that already it is future. We have to work so that it will developping. The future is a way of project desires. I would like to work with any ethnic group to transmit my art and see what comes out of that melting.
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