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Karl Fritsch: Disco

Exhibition  /  16 Sep 2012  -  11 Nov 2012
Published: 16.08.2012
The Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus
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Intro
Karl Fritsch is a passionate goldsmith. He values the classic materials but at the same time, he is continually challenging the common understanding of jewelry by using unconventional procedures, integrating alternative materials and found items into his rings.

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Karl Fritsch
Karl Fritsch was born in 1963 in the Allgäu, he studied in Munich, and is presently living in New Zeeland. He learned the goldsmith’s craft from scratch, and it is his passion; he values the classic materials: gold, silver, and precious stones. At the same time, he is continually tempted to challenge the common understanding of jewelry, to utilize unconventional procedures, and to integrate alternative materials and found items into his rings.

The artist seeks and finds the notable and the peculiar – with great success. He loves to draw on lavish resources, “Above all, I would like to carve a ring out of a 2-3 kilo lump of gold with a chisel” (Karl Fritsch, February 2011), to utilize an abundance of material, to react spontaneously, to provocatively break rules, “To whatever extent, the result throws over every category of convention” (Gerd Rothmann, Munich). Karl Fritsch loves theatrical staging and is simultaneously convincing in his authenticity, “… Karl invites us to view things in a new way, to throw off the ballast that has become an obstacle, and to see and appreciate things as they are” (Daniel Kruger, Halle). Already today, Karl Fritsch is counted among the elite of international art jewelry (Professor Florian Hufnagl, Neue Sammlung, Munich).

Last summer, the artist worked for several weeks in Hanau as the fourth City Goldsmith Laureate, and this year he will show his newest treasures in the Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus: bizarre clunkers for the hand as well as dishes hammered out of gold and silver.

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Young Hares: Dürer’s and Karl’s
First you have to imagine one kilogram of pure 24 carat gold: its weight; its golden yellow lustre; its softness. Merchants used to bite on gold coins, testing if the gold was genuine on the basis of the indentation made by their teeth.
Out of this bar of gold Karl Fritsch has wrought, using a heavy hammer in a somewhat disrespectful (if not brutal, or in any case quite unsubtle) way, a somewhat misshapen looking bowl. It would seem that he went about doing this with the express desire to shatter any professional notion of aesthetics: the manner in which he mistreated the precious and venerated material was admirably cheeky. His workmanship indicated an attitude, or better, a thrumming inner disquiet: there was certainly nothing disingenuous or ingratiating in his approach. Work and person are identical. The final result bursts the constraints of all convention: this is what makes this artwork so new.

When I saw the bowl for the first time and held it in my hands I recognised immediately that it has a strong archetypal force of expression: shifts and changes have always occurred in art when familiar paradigms are challenged and rules are provocatively broken. 

Gerd Rothmann
Karl Fritsch. Spoon: Untitled, 2011. Copper. Karl Fritsch
Spoon: Untitled, 2011
Copper
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Karl Fritsch. Object: Untitled, 2011. 0,5 kg fine silver. Karl Fritsch
Object: Untitled, 2011
0,5 kg fine silver
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Karl Fritsch. Object: Untitled, 2011. Copper. Karl Fritsch
Object: Untitled, 2011
Copper
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Karl Fritsch. Object: Untitled, 2011. Fine silver. Karl Fritsch
Object: Untitled, 2011
Fine silver
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Karl Fritsch. Object: Untitled, 2011. 1 kg fine gold. Karl Fritsch
Object: Untitled, 2011
1 kg fine gold
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Karl Fritsch. Brooch: Untitled, 2011. 0,5 kg fine silver. Karl Fritsch
Brooch: Untitled, 2011
0,5 kg fine silver
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Karl Fritsch. 
. Work from 1992-2011.
Karl Fritsch. 
Work from 1992-2011

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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 1995-2004. Silver. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 1995-2004
Silver
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Karl Fritsch. Brooch: Untitled, 1993. Gold , silver, brass, various stones, pearls. Karl Fritsch
Brooch: Untitled, 1993
Gold , silver, brass, various stones, pearls
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Karl Fritsch. Brooch: Untitled, 1993-1995. Gold , silver ,ruby. Karl Fritsch
Brooch: Untitled, 1993-1995
Gold , silver ,ruby
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 2005-2008. Gold, silver, copper, iron. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 2005-2008
Gold, silver, copper, iron
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Karl Fritsch.
. Test pieces, silver, copper , 1984-1985.
Karl Fritsch.
Test pieces, silver, copper , 1984-1985

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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 1993-1995. Gold , silver , various precious stones. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 1993-1995
Gold , silver , various precious stones
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Karl Fritsch. Ring: Untitled, 1995-2006. Gold , silver , various stones. Karl Fritsch
Ring: Untitled, 1995-2006
Gold , silver , various stones
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Karl Fritsch. Brooch: Untitled, 1998. Silver , copper, brass. Karl Fritsch
Brooch: Untitled, 1998
Silver , copper, brass
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