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Bettina Speckner at the FrontRoom

Exhibition  /  10 Jan 2015  -  21 Feb 2015
Published: 07.01.2015
Galerie Rob Koudijs
Management:
Rob Koudijs
Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2010. Photoetching in zinc, diamonds, silver. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2010
Photoetching in zinc, diamonds, silver
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Intro
Bettina Speckner is now artist of the gallery and her work is presented with a solo exhibition at the frontroom space. The exhibition features a range of works by the artist which focus on imagery and photography to create a visual narrative.

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Bettina Speckner
We all have computers containing thousands of photographs; we know where they were taken and who is laughing at us. More then a hundred years ago many pictures were taken as well, at that time it was an exciting new medium. Having your photo taken was serious business though: under the guidance of a professional photographer, people stared with solemn faces into eternity. They were all reaching for immortality, but irrevocably their names and existences dissolved over time. Their portraits present to our twentyfirst century eyes an inaccessible, elusive past.

These are the photographs, often ferrotypes, that serve Bettina Speckner as the starting point for her jewellery. In a delicate, tentative way, she develops associations and suggestions, making use of the rich means available to the jeweller. Sometimes the print receives just a subtle comment, sometimes she decides on resolute interventions like cropping, piercing or monumental additions. Her initial choice at the art academy to study the fine arts, can still be perceived in it. But where a painting or drawing is above all else focused on the image, it is in jewellery that Speckner can enrich a picture with materiality and three dimensionality.

Speckner does not limit herself to the melancholy silence of vintage photographs. Remarkably enough, she manages to evoke a similar mood in the pictures she takes herself. Her subjects range from land- and townscapes to still lifes. She etches these on zinc, or has them transferred to enamel - there is just one workshop in Portugal left, that is still familiar with this technique. But, whichever medium she chooses, her pieces always incite reflection on the illusions of life.

Ward Schrijver 
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Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2011. Ferrotype, silver, seedpearls. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2011
Ferrotype, silver, seedpearls
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Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2010. Photo in Enamel, pearls, silver. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2010
Photo in Enamel, pearls, silver
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Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2011. Tourmalin, beryl, gold. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2011
Tourmalin, beryl, gold
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Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2009. Ferrotype, silver, ruby, ammonite, tigereye. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2009
Ferrotype, silver, ruby, ammonite, tigereye
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Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2009. Zinc, silver, diamonds. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2009
Zinc, silver, diamonds
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Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2010. Photo in Enamel, andasin, silver. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2010
Photo in Enamel, andasin, silver
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Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2013. Ferrotype, silver, lapis lazuli, coral. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2013
Ferrotype, silver, lapis lazuli, coral
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