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Hardened Tears

Exhibition  /  30 Apr 2013  -  30 Jun 2013
Published: 10.05.2013
Legnica Cultural Centre
Christiane, Förster.

Christiane, Förster

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Intro
"We have invited well-known European artists, of whom the substantial majority have never worked with amber before. All told 20 persons, whose task was to look at the gemstone with as much of an “uncontaminated eye” as possible and be inspired by it."

Artist list

Sławomir Fijałkowski, Christiane Förster, Karl Fritsch, Sophie Hanagarth, Herman Hermsen, Daniel Kruger, Stefano Marchettti, Wilhelm Tasso Mattar, Pavel Opočenský, Annelies Planteijdt, Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Wolfgang Rahs, Ulrich Reithofer, Philip Sajet, Adolfas Šaulys, Gisbert Stach, Manuel Vilhena, Arek Wolski, Petra Zimmermann
Hardened Tears
The title of the exhibition Hardened tears - include a reference to the myth of Jurata crying over the death of her beloved and the myth of the Heliades turned into poplars and weeping amber tears over their brother Phateon – however for the organizers of the exhibition, these “hardened tears” are likned first and foremost, to Gdańsk and to Poland and a typical Polish material that is amber .

The idea emerged in May 2012 in Gdańsk during the conversation between Wim Vandekerckhove – the owner of the Villa De Bondt Gallery in Ghent (Belgium) and Sławomir Fijałkowski – professor at the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts, well-known Polish jewellery designer.

We have invited well-known European artists, of whom the substantial majority have never worked with amber before. All told 20 persons, whose task was to look at the gemstone with as much of an “uncontaminated eye” as possible and be inspired by it. It was, of course, a very risky move from our point of view because we did not know what the end result would be. But, at the same time, that was what made it incredibly fascinating: this uncertainty and anticipation how the artists would rise up to the challenge. I admit that I breathed a sigh of relief only when I saw the pieces. I think that the lion’s share of them is really good. Our objective has been met: new creations and ideas have been developed, but also a new artistic sensitivity has been expressed.
Wim Vandekerckhove


From the very beginning, the idea behind the exhibition was about the need to artistically interpret the natural properties of Baltic amber, but also about its deep, historical symbolism, expressed in the exhibition’s very title which was borrowed from the ancient myth of Phateon. We hoped that no one would be able better than artists to uncover what was not always a conscious point of reference for the answers to the most simple and yet the most difficult questions about the nature of the concept of value ( by no means in the economic sense of the world). They have succeeded brilliantly and as a co-originator of the project it gives me personal satisfaction that the exhibition has become a reason to discover the avant-garde quality of the Gold of the North and has helped to create a unique collection of contemporary amber are pieces. The entire project was a success thanks to many persons involved in the International Amber Association, whose aim is to promote scientific and artistic activities which deepen the understanding of amber.
Sławomir Fijałkowski-2016-2016

Remarks

Open:
Tue – Fri: 11.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m
Sat: 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Curated by:
Wim Vandekerckhove (Villa De Bondt) and Slawomir Fijalkowski
Sławomir Fijałkowski. Pendant: Bloody cherry. baltic amber, stainless steel. Sławomir, FijałkowskiPendant: Bloody cherrybaltic amber, stainless steel
. Rectangular amber? (minimally framed). Function as inclusion. Color as title. Object / Product / Context. Yes. I’m a designer. But I always look for exceptions to the rule. . Sławomir Fijałkowski
Pendant: Bloody cherry
baltic amber, stainless steel


Sławomir, Fijałkowski
Pendant: Bloody cherry
baltic amber, stainless steel

Rectangular amber? (minimally framed). Function as inclusion. Color as title. Object / Product / Context. Yes. I’m a designer. But I always look for exceptions to the rule.

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Christiane Förster. Brooch: Untitled. Baltic amber, mother of pearl, copper, plastic. Christiane, FörsterBrooch: No titleBaltic amber, mother of pearl, copper, plastic
. I loved the smell of amber.. Christiane Förster
Brooch: Untitled
Baltic amber, mother of pearl, copper, plastic


Christiane, Förster
Brooch: No title
Baltic amber, mother of pearl, copper, plastic

I loved the smell of amber.

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Karl Fritsch. Pendant: Untitled. Baltic amber, oxidized silver. Karl, FritschPendant: No titleBaltic amber, oxidized silver. Karl Fritsch
Pendant: Untitled
Baltic amber, oxidized silver


Karl, Fritsch
Pendant: No title
Baltic amber, oxidized silver

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Sophie Hanagarth. Necklace: Neptun eyes in Goldwasser. Baltic amber, iron. Sophie, HanagarthNecklace: Neptun eyes in GoldwasserBaltic amber, iron
. The piece of amber that was given to me looked like a cut of dried meat or bacon. Its surface gave the impression of wrinkled skin and under this crust there were thin sheets of different colours: creamy opaque and transparent honey. l tried to preserve the skin which covered this torn flesh and l was also interested to discover the depth of this piece of amber. So I created an oculus to look through this material. The idea was to create a polished window in the shape of an eye. At the same time, l went looking on the internet for some wrought iron (which happens to be a great interest of mine at the moment) in Gdańsk and l found an image of the beautiful gate which protects the Fountain of Neptune. Neptune, usually represented as an old man, inspired the eyes and, at the same time, a Gdańsk legend : the origin of the famous Goldwasser liqueur that reminded me of another form of Baltic gold: amber. The amber was sliced length-wise, so l had two identical drop-shaped parts. l engraved one eye on each part one was creamy and the other golden. They are bound by hook-shaped chain links, an echo of the heavy chains lying in a harbour. Every iron hook was forged to form a worm for this sea god, originally a Chthonian god connected to the underground world.
. . Sophie Hanagarth
Necklace: Neptun eyes in Goldwasser
Baltic amber, iron


Sophie, Hanagarth
Necklace: Neptun eyes in Goldwasser
Baltic amber, iron

The piece of amber that was given to me looked like a cut of dried meat or bacon. Its surface gave the impression of wrinkled skin and under this crust there were thin sheets of different colours: creamy opaque and transparent honey. l tried to preserve the skin which covered this torn flesh and l was also interested to discover the depth of this piece of amber. So I created an oculus to look through this material. The idea was to create a polished window in the shape of an eye. At the same time, l went looking on the internet for some wrought iron (which happens to be a great interest of mine at the moment) in Gdańsk and l found an image of the beautiful gate which protects the Fountain of Neptune. Neptune, usually represented as an old man, inspired the eyes and, at the same time, a Gdańsk legend : the origin of the famous Goldwasser liqueur that reminded me of another form of Baltic gold: amber. The amber was sliced length-wise, so l had two identical drop-shaped parts. l engraved one eye on each part one was creamy and the other golden. They are bound by hook-shaped chain links, an echo of the heavy chains lying in a harbour. Every iron hook was forged to form a worm for this sea god, originally a Chthonian god connected to the underground world.

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Herman Hermsen. Necklace: A mysterious character. Baltic amber, gold. Herman, HermsenNecklace: A mysterious characterBaltic amber, gold
. While working with the piece of raw material I discovered that this pre-historic treasure extorts respect by discovering its beauty.  . Herman Hermsen
Necklace: A mysterious character
Baltic amber, gold


Herman, Hermsen
Necklace: A mysterious character
Baltic amber, gold

While working with the piece of raw material I discovered that this pre-historic treasure extorts respect by discovering its beauty.

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Petra Zimmermann. Ring: Untitled. Baltic amber, polymethyl methacrylate, gold. Petra, ZimmermannRings: No titleBaltic amber, polymethyl methacrylate, gold
. The natural fossilised tree resin is combined with a material of our times, polymethyl methacrylate, a synthetic polymer. I was surprised how many material properties they have in common. . Petra Zimmermann
Ring: Untitled
Baltic amber, polymethyl methacrylate, gold


Petra, Zimmermann
Rings: No title
Baltic amber, polymethyl methacrylate, gold

The natural fossilised tree resin is combined with a material of our times, polymethyl methacrylate, a synthetic polymer. I was surprised how many material properties they have in common.

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