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Benjamin Lignel: How do you like me now?

Exhibition  /  01 Feb 2013  -  20 Apr 2013
Published: 01.04.2013
NextLevel Galerie
Place
8 rue Charlot
75003 -  Paris
FRANCE
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Phone:
+33 1 44 54 90 88
Management:
Isabelle Mesnil
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Intro
NextLevel Galerie is pleased to announce its new collaboration with the artist Benjamin Lignel. Lignel is one of the artists who truly reflects on jewellery, where the concept takes precedence over pure ornamentation of traditional jewellery.

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Benjamin Lignel, Kiko Gianocca
Just like contemporary art, contemporary jewellery is a field of unlimited experimentation and rich artistic possibilities. Benjamin Lignel is one of the artists who truly reflects on jewellery, where the concept takes precedence over pure ornamentation of traditional jewellery. Practitioner, theorist but also curator Benjamin Lignel invites another artist who works in a complementary reflection of contemporary jewellery: Kiko Gianocca. 


How do you like me now? prolongs previous research on the way our perception of the body has changed, as new practices in medicine, body adornment and corporeal aesthetics influence, and sometimes contradict, more traditional views of the body, and the way we interact with it.

I am curious, in particular, about the sometimes paradoxical outcome of body modification: while plastic surgery (and its injected alternatives) presupposes an ideal body type and strives to emulate it, it in fact establishes a completely new aesthetic genre. This effect is never as strong as when it somehow misses the ‘natural effect’ (a contradiction in terms, some would say) and hits upon a super-natural effect: forms that are both excessive and idiosyncratic, common and strange.

Likewise, the self-conscious bodily add-ons presented here are less concerned with beauty than beautification, in all its silly, wishful, and heroic forms: they intend to provide you, the augmented wearer, with a means to shine in society, and connect with your inner royal eagle (batteries not included).

The transformation alluded to by the exhibition’s title also points to the various mediation strategies used by contemporary practitioners - such as me - to disengage jewellery from a value system traditionally indexed on weight, skill or - God forbid - beauty. Like the body modifications mentioned above, these easily recognizable artistic protocoles (installation, photography; the book, the caption) meant to give this ‘old craft’ a face lift threaten to trans- form it beyond recognition.
This, and the ensuing damage done to my reputation as an honest jeweller, is the subject of this show. 

B.L


Guest: Kiko Gianocca
Kiko Gianocca’s recent series of work - “With other eyes”, “to Hold”, “Who am I”- hope to tease out our emotional investment with objects that offer minuscule emotional pur- chase - anonymous pictures, truncated se- cond-hand tools, diminutive short-hand faces.
The objects’ tenuous link to you paradoxically works in their favour: unclaimed and suspended in temporal drift, but clearly meant to be held and adopted, they are objects in waiting. This is all the more effective as it is insidious: as I pause before the brooch / pendant / ring, moments away from taking hold of it, my body has already accepted what my mind refuses to acknowledge: I have just reclaimed these incomplete stories for my own.
Gianocca’s work illustrates the elasticity of what we choose to document identity. Something other than real evidence presides over (self-) representation: a decision, maybe, but certainly not a DNA test. Which brings to mind Robert Rauschenberg’s iconoclastic telegram, sent in 1961 to his gallerist, which read: “This is a portrait of Iris Clert if I say so”.

Remarks

Opening reception Thursday 31 January 2013, 6 - 9 pm


Press contact
Claire Gallagher - press@nextlevelgalerie.com
Press images are available on request 

Opening hours
Tues - Sat 11 am - 1 pm / 2 pm - 7 pm and by appointment
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Benjamin Lignel. Installation: Priape, 2013. Tin, copper, silver, gold, steel, made-up mannequin.. Edition of 3
. photo: F.Kleinefenn Courtesy Next Level Galerie.. Benjamin Lignel
Installation: Priape, 2013
Tin, copper, silver, gold, steel, made-up mannequin.
Edition of 3
photo: F.Kleinefenn Courtesy Next Level Galerie.

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Elene Usdin. Photograph: Getting old sucks (Isabelle), 2006. Lambda print laminated on aluminum, framed. Edition of 5 
. photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie. Elene Usdin
Photograph: Getting old sucks (Isabelle), 2006
Lambda print laminated on aluminum, framed
Edition of 5
photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie

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Benjamin Lignel. Print: Généalogie, 2013. Laser printing on offset paper. Edition of 25 
. photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie. Benjamin Lignel
Print: Généalogie, 2013
Laser printing on offset paper
Edition of 25
photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie

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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Supplément (gonades 5), Supplément (couillades 1), 2012. Tin, copper, silver, gold, air, steel. photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie. Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Supplément (gonades 5), Supplément (couillades 1), 2012
Tin, copper, silver, gold, air, steel
photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie
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Benjamin Lignel. Piece: Lingam, the tall and thick version, Yoni, 2010 & 2013. photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie. Benjamin Lignel
Piece: Lingam, the tall and thick version, Yoni, 2010 & 2013
photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie
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Benjamin Lignel. Piece: Yoni, 2013. Gold, cultured pearls, gold-plated steel. Edition of 3 
. photo: F.Kleinefenn Courtesy Next Level Galerie. Benjamin Lignel
Piece: Yoni, 2013
Gold, cultured pearls, gold-plated steel
Edition of 3
photo: F.Kleinefenn Courtesy Next Level Galerie

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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Reflecteurs, 2012-2013. Tin, copper, silver, gold, steel, gold-embossed fake leather box. photo: Baptiste Lignel. Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Reflecteurs, 2012-2013
Tin, copper, silver, gold, steel, gold-embossed fake leather box
photo: Baptiste Lignel
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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Reflecteurs, 2012-2013. Tin, copper, silver, gold, steel, gold-embossed fake leather box. Detail
. photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie . Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Reflecteurs, 2012-2013
Tin, copper, silver, gold, steel, gold-embossed fake leather box
Detail
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Benjamin Lignel. Brooch: Queue, 2012. Tin, copper, silver, gold, steel, squirrel hair. Edition of 12 
. photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie. Benjamin Lignel
Brooch: Queue, 2012
Tin, copper, silver, gold, steel, squirrel hair
Edition of 12
photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie

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Kiko Gianocca. Ring: Who am I?, 2010-2012. Silver, white gold, yellow gold, polyurethane. photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie. Kiko Gianocca
Ring: Who am I?, 2010-2012
Silver, white gold, yellow gold, polyurethane
photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie
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Kiko Gianocca. Necklace: Turning Into, 2012. aluminum, gold, silver. photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie. Kiko Gianocca
Necklace: Turning Into, 2012
aluminum, gold, silver
photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie
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Kiko Gianocca. Brooch: With Other Eyes, 2012. Anonymous pictures, silver, polyurethane resin. Front
. photo: Kiko Gianocca. Kiko Gianocca
Brooch: With Other Eyes, 2012
Anonymous pictures, silver, polyurethane resin
Front
photo: Kiko Gianocca

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Kiko Gianocca. Brooch: With Other Eyes, 2012. Anonymous pictures, silver, polyurethane resin. Back
. photo: Kiko Gianocca. Kiko Gianocca
Brooch: With Other Eyes, 2012
Anonymous pictures, silver, polyurethane resin
Back
photo: Kiko Gianocca

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Kiko Gianocca. Pendant: To Hold, 2012. Burnt wood, resin. photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie. Kiko Gianocca
Pendant: To Hold, 2012
Burnt wood, resin
photo: L. Gustave courtesy Next Level Galerie
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