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Pensieri Preziosi 9: Contemporary Australian Jewellery

Exhibition  /  30 Nov 2013  -  23 Feb 2014
Published: 02.12.2013
Oratorio di San Rocco
Place
Via S. Lucia
35139 -  Padova
ITALY
Mail:
serviziomostreE-mailcomune.padova.it
Phone:
049 820 4527
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Intro
This exhibition allows visitors to get to know, appreciate and examine highly original works created by eight specially chosen artists who have studied at the most important University of Design on the continent of Australia, under the guidance of Prof. Robert Baines”, notes Andrea Colasio, the Municipal Councillor for Culture.

Artist list

Robert Baines, Nicholas Bastin, Simon Cottrell, Kirsten Haydon, Linda Hughes, Christopher Milbourne, Nicole Polentas, Katherine Wheeler
For decades the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Padua has been involved in promoting and enhancing the evolution and development of contemporary research jewellery from a historical-critical point of view, not just Italian jewellery but also international pieces, opening up debates and discussions on artists from different Schools and cultural environments. This year the Pensieri Preziosi exhibition, which has been designed and curated by Mirella Cisotto Nalon now reaching its ninth year, presents the Australian Goldsmithing School that trained at the RMIT University of Melbourne.

“This exhibition allows visitors to get to know, appreciate and examine highly original works created by eight specially chosen artists who have studied at the most important University of Design on the continent of Australia, under the guidance of Prof. Robert Baines”, notes Andrea Colasio, the Municipal Councillor for Culture.

Robert Baines is Emeritus Professor at the RMIT University of Melbourne, and together with Nicholas Bastin, Simon Cottrell, Kirsten Haydon, Linda Hughes, Christopher Milbourne, Nicole Polentas and Katherine Wheeler, they have created an exhibition with about one hundred works that will give the Italian public the chance to get to know and appreciate the styles of Australian research goldsmithing.
The works selected for this exhibition use poor materials alongside precious gold, with original and unusual working techniques that combine tradition and innovation: they are conceptually complicated pieces which aim to express each individual artist’s thoughts, feelings and artistic reflection of both the past and the present.
According to Baines, the “poetry of making” needs a tòpos, a real and metaphorical “place” where you can create jewellery. In this search for the tòpos, the artist identifies and indicates four major areas for his students to focus on in order to design and create contemporary jewellery. The tòpos of the “found object”, namely remnants of industrial materials, discarded objects from everyday life, collected and reused by offering them a new dimension and new life; the tòpos of intimate space, personal and private, one’s own body, the home, individual and subjective memories; the tòpos of public space, streets, exteriors and architecture; and the tòpos of history and culture which is inevitably linked to history and personal thoughts.
Australian contemporary jewellery is mainly conceptual, displaying skilful technical experimentation in its use of materials, with a keen focus on personal and collective history, as well as elegant forms with echoes linked to the past but also to modern daily life. At times this produces abstract, fantastical and poetic results which often have a veil of nostalgic irony.
This conceptual process often leads to interpretations that unwind like true stories, real or surreal tales where the works of art are the main characters within a careful and well-thought-out procedure of research and planning.


This exhibition is curated by Mirella Cisotto Nalon, with texts written by Luisa Bazzanella Dal Piaz, Mirella Cisotto Nalon, Alessandra Possamai Vita and Alessandra Zabbeo.
Robert Baines. Brooch: The Oz Brooch, 2003. Silver powder coat. 2.0 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm. Broaching it Diplomatically: A Tribute to Madeleine K. Albright.
. Property of the artist. 
. Photo by Garry Sommerfeld. Robert Baines
Brooch: The Oz Brooch, 2003
Silver powder coat
2.0 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm
Broaching it Diplomatically: A Tribute to Madeleine K. Albright.
Property of the artist.
Photo by Garry Sommerfeld

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Robert Baines. Brooch: Redder than Green, 2009. Silver, powder coat, paint, electroplate. 6.3 x 12.3 x 9.3 cm. Property of the artist
. Photo by Jeremy Dillon. Robert Baines
Brooch: Redder than Green, 2009
Silver, powder coat, paint, electroplate
6.3 x 12.3 x 9.3 cm
Property of the artist
Photo by Jeremy Dillon

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Nicholas Bastin. Brooch: Small snowy galaxy, 2012. Stainless, bioresin, imitation gem stone. 3.0 x 5.5 x 2.0 cm. Property of the artist
. Photo by Jeremy Dillon. Nicholas Bastin
Brooch: Small snowy galaxy, 2012
Stainless, bioresin, imitation gem stone
3.0 x 5.5 x 2.0 cm
Property of the artist
Photo by Jeremy Dillon

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Simon Cottrell. Brooch: Blobs and white tubes, 2006. Monel alloy, powdercoat, phosphorescent pigment, stainless steel. 4.0 x 7.0 x 6.0 cm. Private collection
. Photo by Mark Ashkanasy. Simon Cottrell
Brooch: Blobs and white tubes, 2006
Monel alloy, powdercoat, phosphorescent pigment, stainless steel
4.0 x 7.0 x 6.0 cm
Private collection
Photo by Mark Ashkanasy

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Kirsten Haydon. Brooch: Ice valleys, 2009. Enamel, photo, copper, reflector beads, silver, steel. 9.0 x 13.0 x 1.5 cm. Property of the artist
. Photo by Jeremy Dillon. Kirsten Haydon
Brooch: Ice valleys, 2009
Enamel, photo, copper, reflector beads, silver, steel
9.0 x 13.0 x 1.5 cm
Property of the artist
Photo by Jeremy Dillon

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Linda Hughes. Brooch: Nicholas 2 pendant (after Giotto), 2013. Laminate, wood, silk, silver. 9.0 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm. Property of the artist
. Photo by Argonaut Design. Linda Hughes
Brooch: Nicholas 2 pendant (after Giotto), 2013
Laminate, wood, silk, silver
9.0 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm
Property of the artist
Photo by Argonaut Design

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Christopher Earl Milbourne. Brooch: Trinity Aquarium with Outdoor Exhibit, 2013. Sterling silver, silver alloys, pearl, paint, epoxy resin. 7.0 x 8.0 x 6.0 cm. Property of the artist
. Photo by Jeremy Dillon. Christopher Earl Milbourne
Brooch: Trinity Aquarium with Outdoor Exhibit, 2013
Sterling silver, silver alloys, pearl, paint, epoxy resin
7.0 x 8.0 x 6.0 cm
Property of the artist
Photo by Jeremy Dillon

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Nicole Polentas. Brooch: The Dunes of Orthi Ammos and The Drosoulites, 2011. Sterling silver, coral, paint, photo, plastic, poly-putty, stainless steel. 8.0 x 11.0 x 5.5 cm. Property of the artist
. Photo by Jeremy Dillon. Nicole Polentas
Brooch: The Dunes of Orthi Ammos and The Drosoulites, 2011
Sterling silver, coral, paint, photo, plastic, poly-putty, stainless steel
8.0 x 11.0 x 5.5 cm
Property of the artist
Photo by Jeremy Dillon

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Katherine Wheeler. Ring: Flightless, 2013. Porcelain, fine silver, paper, thread, polyvinyl acetate, paint. 8.5 x 9.5 x 6.0 cm. Property of the artist 
. Photo by Katherine Wheeler  . Katherine Wheeler
Ring: Flightless, 2013
Porcelain, fine silver, paper, thread, polyvinyl acetate, paint
8.5 x 9.5 x 6.0 cm
Property of the artist
Photo by Katherine Wheeler

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