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Beppe Kessler: Paintings & jewellery

Exhibition  /  28 Oct 2010  -  22 Dec 2010
Published: 27.10.2010
Studio GR·20
Management:
Graziella Folchini Grassetto
Beppe Kessler. Painting: Embroidery with cross, 1980. Paper, cotton, thread. Beppe Kessler
Painting: Embroidery with cross, 1980
Paper, cotton, thread
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Intro
(...) In her works of the last ten years, Kessler has been experimenting with precious materials, using gold and gem stones - mainly transparent ones such as alabaster, rock crystal and agate, but also acrylic fibre. (...)

Artist list

Beppe Kessler
The particular training of the Dutch artist Beppe Kessler in the sector of visual arts, as well as in weaving and, later, in experimental jewellery, reveals a language which is identified totally with these different disciplines. Proof of this is to be seen in her works of the ten-year period 1990-2000, when her canvases, already supports to paintings, became the same main material she used to create jewellery. In her brooches – among her favorites – the surfaces, on which often monochrome paint is spread or distinguished by swirling evolutions of signs, undergo alterations: the jutting parts are sometimes distributed in abstract spectra, sometimes torn or ripped by holes, from which colored magma erupts, at others, they are tiny groups of minerals, pebbles or gemstones. Her attention focuses on the spatial pressure which surges from within the canvas and changes it into a visual whole, existing between the depths of the paint and the movements of the surface, from which unexpected forms proliferate, freed from the coercion of an obscure force.
In her works of the last ten years, Kessler has been experimenting with precious materials, using gold and gem stones - mainly transparent ones such as alabaster, rock crystal and agate, but also acrylic fibre. This new phase of her work is dominated by a different application of weaving techniques. Now she uses gold thread to penetrate translucent materials, creating arabesques inside them, or defining lines linking very different and contrasting elements in elaborate, complex necklaces. Her painting, rich in colors, supports and interacts with irregularities in the surfaces, treated with holes, cracks and cavities, through which golden threads lead in and out, weaving abstract tangles. It is an apparently joyful vision, mainly visible in its entirety, although the concept of constriction is not totally abandoned: in the brooch “Vale of tears”, the artist uses tiny, brightly colored spheres of Swarovski crystal, restrained by tight threads and massed together in a confused, chaotic way in boxes of quartz or Plexiglas, oppressed by their involuntary confinement.

Graziella Folchini Grassetto

Publications

A catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition.

BEPPE KESSLER PAINTINGS-JEWELS Padova. Studio GR•20 - Graziella Folchini GrassettoVia dei Soncin, 27 28 ottobre – 22 dicembre 2010 Ideation and programming exhibition: Graziella Folchini GrassettoStudio GR•20 Via dei Soncin, 27 - 35122 Padova  Tel. 049.8756820 e-mail: gfg@gr20.it Exhibition secretary: Irene Salce Text: Graziella Folchini Grassetto English translation: Gabriel Walton Photographs: Beppe Kessler, Thijs Quispel Limited edition. Price: € 10,00 order the catalogue: gfg@gr20.it  > download here the pdf version

Remarks

Opening:
Thursday, October 28 2010 – 6.00 p.m.

Opening hours:
16.00-19.30


Event supported by Comune di Padova Assessorato alla Cultura.
Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Pin brooch, 1993. Acrylic on textile, pins. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Pin brooch, 1993
Acrylic on textile, pins
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Beppe Kessler. Painting: Down to Earth, 1997. Acrylic on cotton, stones. Beppe Kessler
Painting: Down to Earth, 1997
Acrylic on cotton, stones
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Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Dioptaas brooch, 1998. Acrylic on cotton, wood, graphite. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Dioptaas brooch, 1998
Acrylic on cotton, wood, graphite
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Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Pleat brooch, 1998. Acrylic on cotton, wood, graphite. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Pleat brooch, 1998
Acrylic on cotton, wood, graphite
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Beppe Kessler. Necklace: Black light, 2010. >Gold, pierced alabaster, jet. Beppe Kessler
Necklace: Black light, 2010
>Gold, pierced alabaster, jet
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Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Red fake movement, 2010. Alabaster, colour. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Red fake movement, 2010
Alabaster, colour
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Beppe Kessler. Painting: Wind, 2010. Acrylic on pierced canvas. Beppe Kessler
Painting: Wind, 2010
Acrylic on pierced canvas
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