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Michael Becker: The architecture of light

Exhibition  /  22 Sep 2011  -  15 Oct 2011
Published: 20.09.2011
Alternatives Gallery
Management:
Rita Marcangelo
Michael Becker. Brooch: Untitled, 2005. Gold 750, hematite. 6,2 x 2,5 cm. Michael Becker
Brooch: Untitled, 2005
Gold 750, hematite
6,2 x 2,5 cm
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(...) Michael Becker research brings him to analyze the construction of form through an in-depth study of light. The result is jewellery conceived as rigorous architecture, that reacts in a dynamic form to continuous stimulus from light, whereby the colour of gold combined to that of stones, creates an almost mystical atmosphere. (...)

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Michael Becker
Michael Becker`s works resemble small architectural worlds. The German artist is fascinated by structures forming the basis of things and by the hidden networks of these structures. In addition to creating the "anatomy" of a piece, he is also interested in its sculptural and spatial quality. At a first glimpse, the jewellery appears to us as very simple and geometric, but it is only at a second look that the complex construction comes through. 

He studies architectural plans, especially those of the Italian Renaissance and 20th century. His emphasis in doing so is on architecture with relatively clean, geometric designs. He develops his jewellery by studying floor plans, systems of proportions and rhythms that can be found in works of Alberti and Palladio or Mies van der Rohe. 

Becker predominantly uses gold in his works as he is drawn by the ambiguous nature of this material. On one hand, its bright, monochrome yellow colour makes it distinctly perceptible as a three-dimensional material and on the other, the play of light makes it almost dematerialize to a point that it becomes intangible. His research brings him to analyze the construction of form through an in-depth study of light. The result is jewellery conceived as rigorous architecture, that reacts in a dynamic form to continuous stimulus from light, whereby the colour of gold combined to that of stones, creates an almost mystical atmosphere.
The Architecture of Light by Michael Becker
Alternatives Gallery
2011
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Michael Becker. Bracelet: Untitled, 2009. Gold 750, lapis lazuli. 17,6 x 1,9 cm. Michael Becker
Bracelet: Untitled, 2009
Gold 750, lapis lazuli
17,6 x 1,9 cm
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Michael Becker. Bracelet: Untitled, 2007. Gold 750, dolomith. Michael Becker
Bracelet: Untitled, 2007
Gold 750, dolomith
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Michael Becker. Bracelet: Untitled, 2011. Gold, titanium. Michael Becker
Bracelet: Untitled, 2011
Gold, titanium
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Michael Becker. Brooch: Untitled, 2008. Yellow gold. 4,2 x 4,2 x 0,9 cm. Michael Becker
Brooch: Untitled, 2008
Yellow gold
4,2 x 4,2 x 0,9 cm
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Michael Becker. Necklace: Untitled, 2011. Gold 750, pigment. Michael Becker
Necklace: Untitled, 2011
Gold 750, pigment
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Michael Becker. Brooch: Untitled, 2003. Gold 750. 5 x 5 cm. Michael Becker
Brooch: Untitled, 2003
Gold 750
5 x 5 cm
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