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Jewelry. The Genetics of the Ancient / Gioielli. La Genetica Dell'antico

Exhibition  /  18 Jun 2013  -  23 Jun 2013
Published: 10.06.2013
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Intro
Antiquity and modernity are opposites that have ultimately coincided in works of both Ulderico G. Pettorossi and Kellie Riggs. This exhibition demonstrates how research, study and restoration of the old have been a strongly connected activity to the creation of the new for both artists/makers.

Artist list

Kellie Riggs, Ulderico Giuseppe Pettorossi
Jewelry. The Genetics of the Ancient / Gioielli. La Genetica Dell'antico
Styles and techniques: an inquiry into the past / Indagini di stile sulle strutture e le tecniche del passato


Antiquity and modernity are opposites that have ultimately coincided in works of both Ulderico G. Pettorossi and Kellie Riggs. This exhibition demonstrates how research, study and restoration of the old have been a strongly connected activity to the creation of the new for both artists/makers. The confluence of the visual past and the present are demonstrated through two similar but aesthetically different approaches, seen through Pettorossi’s immaculate Etruscan gold jewels alongside Riggs’ classical architecture adaptations for the body.

Archeology as well as the rediscovery and preservation of centuries-lost techniques have long been inspiring the creation of Pettorossi’s jewelry. Born into a family where the combination of art and artigianato have always been their trade, Pettorossi eventually founded Oro degli Etruschi, a goldsmith’s atelier from which springs immaculate reproductions and contemporary interpretations of ancient Etruscan jewels that utilize traditional techniques like granulation.

I consider jewelry to be archaeological -says Pettorossi- a crucial bridge between what we once were and what we will eventually be.

Riggs’ approach mutually respects historical artistic precedents but a bit more theoretically. On the surface her work is fragmented pieces of a visual vocabulary taken from classic architectural fundamentals of adornment. The majority of her neckpieces in this exhibition are from the series ARCHITETTONICO and translate the decorative and at times structural articulation of interior architectural spaces to the scale of the body; time has honored the idea that the human body deserves parallel exaltation.

The wall-sized projections of her pieces on the body help rationalize their existence. Detailed shots seen large and up-close synthesize the site and surface (body as architecture) with object and form, articulating the very areas each piece adorns, as would architectural adornment from interior spaces of Italian churches or palazzi from the Quattrocento through the Cinquecento.

Together, the works presented by both Pettorossi and Riggs question what it means to contemporize our own visual history by asking how the past has the potential to also be the present.


Ulderico Giuseppe Pettorossi (b. 1970, Perugia, Italy) graduated with a Master of Arts in 1987 in metals and goldsmithing from the Istituto d’Arte di Sansepolcro, specializing in ancient goldsmithing practices. He soon became devoted to rediscovering ancient Etruscan techniques and initiated an 18 month independent research project to learn their method of granulation. In 1991 he opened his “bottega”, Oro degli Etruschi, located in the center of Torgiano, a small town distant only few kilometers from Perugia. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in worldwide museums including the Louvre in Paris, Palazzo Grassi in Venice among others in New York and Los Angeles.

www.orodeglietruschi.com 


Kellie Riggs (b. 1986, Whidbey Island, Washington, USA) received a BFA with honors in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, during which she participated in the school's European Honors Program in Rome, in 2010. In 2011 Riggs was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Rome and Florence with a project entitled, Past and Present: Italian Contemporary Jewelry as Art. Riggs is still in Italy continuing her research, studio practice and writing projects for her blog, “Greater Than or Equal To”, as well as writing freelance for “Art Jewelry Forum” and “Current Obsession Magazine”. Riggs is also beginning to exhibit internationally as well as lecturing at various academies. 

www.kellieriggs.com
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Remarks

Opening: Tuesday June 18, 6:00 Pm

Up for one week only: Monday 17 - Saturday 23 

This exhibition is in association with the Rhode Island School of Design and takes place at the site of the school's European Honors Program.

Hours: 
10:00-12:00, 5:30-7:30, sunday: 10:00-12:00 noon
or by appointment, call 06 6880 2490

address:
Piazza dei Cenci 56, Roma Italia
Gallery is in Palazzo Cenci, 2nd floor 
Kellie Riggs. Necklace: Concave/Convex. Porcelain, handmade rope. Kellie, RiggsNecklace: Concave/ConvexPorcelain, handmade rope. Kellie Riggs
Necklace: Concave/Convex
Porcelain, handmade rope


Kellie, Riggs
Necklace: Concave/Convex
Porcelain, handmade rope

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Ulderico Giuseppe Pettorossi. Pendant: Ulisse. 22 carat gold, enamel, carved jade. Ulderico Giuseppe, PettorossiPendant: Ulisse22 carat gold, enamel, carved jade. Ulderico Giuseppe Pettorossi
Pendant: Ulisse
22 carat gold, enamel, carved jade


Ulderico Giuseppe, Pettorossi
Pendant: Ulisse
22 carat gold, enamel, carved jade

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