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Goldmuseum Taipei - Metal Crafts Competition 2018.
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Cranbrook.

Signs of Life by Beppe Kessler

Exhibition  /  28 Oct 2017  -  23 Dec 2017
Published: 16.10.2017
Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Happening, Gebeurtenis, 2017. Aluminium, wood, acrylic paint, acrylic, textile, leather and photograph.. 8 x 8 x 1.2 cm. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Happening, Gebeurtenis, 2017
Aluminium, wood, acrylic paint, acrylic, textile, leather and photograph.
8 x 8 x 1.2 cm
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Intro
The seeds of the creation of these brooches lie in the awareness of the finality of life and the transience and vulnerability of the things around us. They are signs, pattern-cards of memory, evoked by the texture and color of the different materials.

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Beppe Kessler
This is the first time I use metal (aluminium, brass, copper, silver) in my jewelry, as a ‘canvas’ to draw and paint on. As if the metal is an unwritten piece of paper or an empty piece of linen.
In the paint, I draw lines with an etching needle. Scratching deep into the aluminium, the needle leaves traces in the paint and causes the metal to shimmer and shine.
By drawing with the etching needle, the painted image becomes spatial, making it float as if it is three dimensional.
 
Apart from drawing on metal, I use a variety of thin strips of material and bundles of threads. They are attached to each other in a rhythmic way, as messengers from another world, as if the sharp scratches in metal ask for some sort of softness as a counterbalance.
Textile, the material I know better than any other kind and that I reach for again and again in my work (always in different shapes and forms), takes 
center stage in this process. I also incorporate wood, leather, sand mixed in the paint, scratched slate and acrylic. In a range of exuberant, clashing and understated colors, they enter a rhythmic line play together.
They are signs, pattern-cards of memory, evoked by the texture and 
color of the different materials.
 
The brooches usually present an abstract image. Just horizontal stripes, thick and thin aligned next to one another; with your eyes occasionally resting on a larger surface, making it seem like you are looking in the distance.
Sometimes the image I want to depict is vast and all-encompassing - like water, air or fire. I then turn to photographs, from which I extract a little piece of reality, which I then cover with a piece of spherically sculpted acrylic.
On the one hand, it is a constant searching for the most minimal form, and on the other, a feast of bringing different materials together that call out for the viewer to touch them.
Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Terra Incognita, 2017. Aluminium, acrylic paint, sand and textile.. 8 x 8 x 0.8 cm. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Terra Incognita, 2017
Aluminium, acrylic paint, sand and textile.
8 x 8 x 0.8 cm
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Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Once in a blue moon, 2017. Aluminium, acrylic paint, sand, textile, felt and slate.. 8 x 8 x 0.8 cm. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Once in a blue moon, 2017
Aluminium, acrylic paint, sand, textile, felt and slate.
8 x 8 x 0.8 cm
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Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Niente di niente, 2017. Wood, acrylic, cd, seaweed and textile.. 8 x 5.3 x 3.2 cm. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Niente di niente, 2017
Wood, acrylic, cd, seaweed and textile.
8 x 5.3 x 3.2 cm
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Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Encounters 3, 2017. Wood, Acrylic, Resin, Brass, Gold Leaf, Textile. 5.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Encounters 3, 2017
Wood, Acrylic, Resin, Brass, Gold Leaf, Textile
5.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm
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Beppe Kessler. Brooch: Encounters 4, 2017. Wood, acrylic, resin, acrylic paint, aluminium, vanadinite and gold leaf.. 6 x 5 x 2.5 cm. Beppe Kessler
Brooch: Encounters 4, 2017
Wood, acrylic, resin, acrylic paint, aluminium, vanadinite and gold leaf.
6 x 5 x 2.5 cm
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