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Allison Curates the Jewelry of Erich Zimmermann and Gitta Pielcke

Exhibition  /  11 Dec 2020  -  11 Jan 2021
Published: 11.12.2020
Allison Curates the Jewelry of Erich Zimmermann and Gitta Pielcke.
Patina Gallery
Curator:
Allison Buchsbaum Barnett
Management:
Ivan Barnett, Allison Buchsbaum Barnett
Erich Zimmerman. Set: Cocoon and Cleopatra, 2020. Sterling silver, gold wire, 18ct yellow gold, onyx.. Cocoon necklace: 43 cm; Cleopatra necklace: 44 cm; Earrings: 6.2cm. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Location imagery is courtesy of SITE Santa Fe.. Erich Zimmerman
Set: Cocoon and Cleopatra, 2020
Sterling silver, gold wire, 18ct yellow gold, onyx.
Cocoon necklace: 43 cm; Cleopatra necklace: 44 cm; Earrings: 6.2cm
Photo by: Patina Gallery
Location imagery is courtesy of SITE Santa Fe.
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Intro
Patina Gallery's Allison Barnett in her newest curation for a Season of Gratitude, features the jewelry of Erich Zimmermann and Gitta Pielcke. Married jewelry artists, Zimmermann and Pielcke have worked together in the same atelier since 1995. The couple now works in the heart of Augsburg, Germany, creating pieces in the tight-knit atelier of their home studio. Extraordinary, handcrafted works made in close proximity miraculously result in two distinguishing apogees of design, guided by the distinct clarity and precision of two master metalsmiths.

Artist list

Gitta Pielcke, Erich Zimmermann
Together in art jewelry, the artists build a multifaceted marriage of nature and creativity. Expressions are imagined in an incubation of craft, spurred by their separate and united drive to enhance the handmade. Culminating into a pairing of dedicated spirit and passion, one can understand the necessity for both closeness and solitary in such resonant works of art.

Zimmermann’s signature works found at Patina include those in his Cocoon and Cleopatra collections and are celebrated with multiple awards and in many exhibitions from Europe to the United States. He is a three-time winner of the Modern Jewelry Collection with Art Aurea, the recipient of the 2007 Town & Country Design Award in gold, and the recipient of the coveted Red Dot Design Award for his unique Cleopatra collection.

Composing his Cocoon Collection, Zimmermann utilizes an anticlastic technique to forge hollow, three-dimensional pieces of precious metal. Pieces are cut into flat, leaf-like shapes that are then hammered onto a mold, thereby fondly alluding to seashells or seed pods. Elements are assembled with hidden clasps and wires to structure a pleasing fixation for the eye. Zimmermann’s Cleopatra Collection also utilizes multiple pieces to assemble the larger whole. The artist is revered for his sophisticated attention to detail. With exacting pieces, composed of many measured elements in shape and form, he makes and imagines jewelry that eloquently pairs with the body. 

Allison and I began working together 12 years ago, and since then, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Santa Fe four times, and have welcomed Allison and Ivan to our atelier in 2019. Gitta and I work together side by side and deeply appreciate Allison and Ivan’s understanding of artists working in a year of challenges and uncertainty, being artists themselves. This year, I have more time in the studio, largely with the materials I already had. I found I could do a lot of things I wanted to do before. I could feel inside that it is here that I find peace of mind.
/Erich Zimmermann

Pielcke’s organic themes have evolved into a significant part of her work, born from the interaction, abilities, and constraints of sterling silver and high karat gold. To their smooth surfaces, she adheres miniature forms, carved and shaped into the likeness of blossoming roses, the elongated, elegant curves in strands of grass, or the subtle, yet whimsical swirls in a snail’s shell. 
 
The artist has exhibited worldwide, from Germany to the U.S. to Tokyo and Hong Kong. She is the winner of the 2011 Modern Jewelry Collection from Art Aurea and has works in many well-known jewelry publications, including Schmuck-Design der Moderne (Modern Jewelry Design), among others.

For many years, irrespective of any design ideologies, I have been studying the plant and animal worlds to illustrate that life, which is inherent in nature, is infused into my jewelry creations… I am inspired by nature’s structures. Its organic design allows me to create irregular strip reliefs, which restore the original aura of the gold and silver that I use…
/ Gitta Pielcke
Erich Zimmerman. Set: Cleopatra, 2020. 18ct yellow gold, onyx.. Necklace: 44 cm. Photo by: Patina Gallery. From series: Cleopatra. Necklace and bracelet.. Erich Zimmerman
Set: Cleopatra, 2020
18ct yellow gold, onyx.
Necklace: 44 cm
Photo by: Patina Gallery
From series: Cleopatra
Necklace and bracelet.
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Erich Zimmermann. Necklace: Cleopatra Oxidized Silver Collier with Rock Crystal together with Cleopatra Oxidized Silver Collier with Amethyst, 2016. Oxidized sterling silver and rock crystal and amethyst beads.. 4.4cm long, 0.8 cm in diameter. Photo by: Patina Gallery. From series: Cleopatra. Erich Zimmermann
Necklace: Cleopatra Oxidized Silver Collier with Rock Crystal together with Cleopatra Oxidized Silver Collier with Amethyst, 2016
Oxidized sterling silver and rock crystal and amethyst beads.
4.4cm long, 0.8 cm in diameter
Photo by: Patina Gallery
From series: Cleopatra
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Erich Zimmerman. Earrings: Cocoon, 2020. Sterling silver, gold wire.. 6.2 cm. Photo by: Patina Gallery. From series: Cocoon. Erich Zimmerman
Earrings: Cocoon, 2020
Sterling silver, gold wire.
6.2 cm
Photo by: Patina Gallery
From series: Cocoon
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Erich Zimmermann. Necklace: Cocoon Collier, 2016. Oxidized sterling silver, 18K yellow gold.. 43 cm long. Photo by: Patina Gallery. From series: Cocoon Collection. Erich Zimmermann
Necklace: Cocoon Collier, 2016
Oxidized sterling silver, 18K yellow gold.
43 cm long
Photo by: Patina Gallery
From series: Cocoon Collection
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Gitta Pielcke. Ring: Silver Faces, 2020. Sterling silver.. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Gitta Pielcke
Ring: Silver Faces, 2020
Sterling silver.
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Gitta Pielcke. Ring: Snail, 2020. 18K yellow gold.. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Gitta Pielcke
Ring: Snail, 2020
18K yellow gold.
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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Gitta Pielcke. Ring: Double Calyxes, 2020. 18K yellow gold.. Photo by: Patina Gallery. Gitta Pielcke
Ring: Double Calyxes, 2020
18K yellow gold.
Photo by: Patina Gallery
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