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Klaus Bürgel: The restive line

Exhibition  /  14 Nov 2011  -  12 Dec 2011
Published: 02.12.2011
Klaus Bürgel: The restive line.
Gallery Loupe
Management:
Patti Bleicher and Eileen David
Klaus Bürgel. Brooch: loop #28, 2011. Oxidised silver. 10.73x5.63x2.6 cm. Klaus Bürgel
Brooch: loop #28, 2011
Oxidised silver
10.73x5.63x2.6 cm
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Intro
(...) Loop Series brooches bring craft to the realm of fine art, venture into the sculptural, and initiate a dialogue with the series of line drawings that both elucidate the brooches and exist as accomplished works on their own.

Artist list

Klaus Bürgel
Klaus Bürgel is a rigorous craftsperson whose jewelry both disguises and flaunts it's technical virtuosity. While Bürgel's brooches are clearly meant to be worn they also seek to be more than ornaments. Simultaneously forceful and delicate, they twist both outward and back in on themselves, restless and yet never aggressive. Their fluidity is an escape while reconfirming a sense of measured containment.

Given that the Loop Series began in 2004 and is still ongoing, the wide range of shapes--and their corresponding set of ideas and emotions-is not surprising. The dynamics play out in gold, silver, and a darkened finish of oxidized silver which hints at Richard Serra's monumental sculptural steel torques and ellipses that similarly emphasize movement without restraint. Each brooch in the Loop Series begins with an automatic drawing-which Bürgel scans into a computer and compresses before using the resulting image to cut into thin strips of metal he then begins to shape. A sculptural component enters the process as Bürgel adds layers of metal, rounding and blunting the edges of each loop so they too, become another set of surfaces and lines.

To be shown along with the jewelry are an aghaei-sharareh-pandikow-wiebke-untitled-2015-2014 series of drawings the artist began a year or more before the brooches, which although they never served as preliminary sketches for the jewelry, work to inform each other across media, with the drawings telling the mute brooches' story, and the brooches partially operating as solidified line drawings. Both the drawings and brooches appear quite smooth from a distance, yet their surfaces become more complicated when viewed from close up.

Loop Series brooches bring craft to the realm of fine art, venture into the sculptural, and initiate a dialogue with the series of line drawings that both elucidate the brooches and exist as accomplished works on their own.

Remarks

An opening reception with the artist will take place on November 19 from 7-9 p.m.

Bürgel's work will be shown at Gallery Loupe from November 14-December 12.
Klaus Bürgel. Drawing: Untitled, 2011. Graphite on paper. 23x31 cm. Klaus Bürgel
Drawing: Untitled, 2011
Graphite on paper
23x31 cm
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Klaus Bürgel. Brooch: Loop #30, 2011. Silver. 8x4.91x5.5 cm. Klaus Bürgel
Brooch: Loop #30, 2011
Silver
8x4.91x5.5 cm
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Klaus Bürgel. Brooch: Loop #27, 2011. 18k gold. 8x8.43x2.3 cm. Klaus Bürgel
Brooch: Loop #27, 2011
18k gold
8x8.43x2.3 cm
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