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(Ex) Alchimia. Graduates of The Alchimia School, Florence, Italy

Exhibition  /  22 May 2008  -  22 Jun 2008
Published: 22.05.2008
Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h
Yu-Chun Chen. Brooch: Flowerness of the bird II, 2007. Iron, paint, horn, steel. Yu-Chun Chen
Brooch: Flowerness of the bird II, 2007
Iron, paint, horn, steel
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Intro
Much more than simple decorative objects, the jewellery presented here is the result of an exploration of both form and content. As in all authentic art, a piece of jewellery can move, seduce, disturb, or provoke reflection.
The artists participating in this exhibition all received their training at Alchimia, a school of contemporary jewellery based in Florence, Italy. The diversity of the work selected for this exhibition attests to the quality of the training offered by teachers of international repute.

Alchemy is the art of making gold, once practiced by medieval mystics. Inspired by this discipline, the school’s founders, Doris Maninger and Lucia Massei, wanted to offer a traditional form of teaching with the emphasis on contemporary creation, to produce new work using noble and unusual materials.
Founded in 1998, the school soon achieved international recognition. Students come from all over the world to study at Alchimia. Among the teachers are talented and acclaimed European artists such as Manfred Bishoff, Bettina Dittlman, Stefano Marchetti and David Bielander.

The selection criteria for this exhibition were easily identified: originality of ideas, choice of materials, and technical expertise. Suzanne Beautyman (United States) uses Shibuichi, a Japanese alloy technique, to create work which features irregular shapes, reminiscent of timeworn found objects. In refined pieces with a contemporary touch, Yu-Chun Chen (Taiwan) is inspired by and pays homage to her culture of origin. The poetic creations of Rudee Tancharoen (Thailand) evoke a child’s vision of the world. Martina Mühlfellner (Germany) creates whimsical characters by layering paper then adding a protective synthetic resin. Using hammered, oxidized silver, Elisa Deval (Italy) makes jewellery resembling vessels which contain secrets. Marzia Rossi (Italy) plays with the transparency of mica and the opacity of stone to create her unstructured necklaces. Flora Vagi (Hungary) works with wood in surprising and original ways. The figurative brooches Meiri Ishida (Japan) makes in felt are an explosion of colour.

Much more than simple decorative objects, the jewellery presented here is the result of an exploration of both form and content. As in all authentic art, a piece of jewellery can move, seduce, disturb, or provoke reflection. Audacious and engaged, the creations of these jewellers testify to a diversity of discourse and ideas, which characterizes the art of our time.

Meiri Ishida. Brooch: Director, 2007. Felt, silver. Meiri Ishida
Brooch: Director, 2007
Felt, silver
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Flora Vagi. Necklace: Untitled, 2007. Wood, silk. Flora Vagi
Necklace: Untitled, 2007
Wood, silk
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Marie Bonfils. Necklace: Untitled, 2007. Silver, wood, silk. Marie Bonfils
Necklace: Untitled, 2007
Silver, wood, silk
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Marzia Rossi. Brooch: Untitled, 2007. Silver, mica. Marzia Rossi
Brooch: Untitled, 2007
Silver, mica
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Suzanne Beautyman. Necklace: Untitled, 2007. Silver, textile. Suzanne Beautyman
Necklace: Untitled, 2007
Silver, textile
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Rudee Tancharoen. Pendant: It’s full moon tonight, 2007. Silver, cotton thread, tint rope. Rudee Tancharoen
Pendant: It’s full moon tonight, 2007
Silver, cotton thread, tint rope
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Martina Mühlfellner. Brooch: Runrunrun, 2007. Paper, resin, silver. Martina Mühlfellner
Brooch: Runrunrun, 2007
Paper, resin, silver
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Elisa Deval. Necklace: Untitled, 2007. Silver, shibuishi lacquer. Elisa Deval
Necklace: Untitled, 2007
Silver, shibuishi lacquer
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