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Two-Folder Project VII by Daniel Kruger and Paola Gandolfi

Exhibition  /  12 Sep 2020  -  11 Oct 2020
Published: 06.09.2020
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Intro
Offering a diverse, twofold experience of art is the basic aim of the Two-fold Project, a format in which “necessarily two” important artists, one of whose work is an expression of contemporary jewelry design, generate a new and original ‘conversation’ with their art.
The protagonists of this latest encounter, curated by Marco Bazzini, are Paola Gandolfi and Daniel Kruger.
 

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Paola Gandolfi, Daniel Kruger
Going beyond the commonplace and drawing the spectator into intimate, original stories, or indicating a path towards discovery of the inner self, seem to be two of the points of contact between these two very different artists: Gandolfi, a refined, uncompromising painter and Kruger, one of the most inventive and productive artists in contemporary jewelry. In their work, the two artists take cues from myths and rites, not to ritualize or reinterpret them, nor to controvert them, but to find triggers that spark new and different narrations.

The exhibition includes around ten of Gandolfi’s portraits of women, most of which were created for this occasion, while Kruger presents a new series of sculptures in the form of pendants inspired by the most traditional of good-luck charms: amulets. The artist makes no attempt to hide their magical nature, in fact he makes it explicit, using it as the title of this recent group of works, which are accompanied by short texts that illustrate in detail each necklace’s possible powers of protection against evil and danger.

Radiating strong and assertive feminine personalities – a major theme of all her work for more than forty years -, Gandolfi’s women need no outward symbols to declare their identity or their place in society. They are contemporary women presented to the spectator without accessories, contrary to the tenets of traditional portraiture like ancient Fayum imagery, in which subjects are presented adorned with jewels. In fact, immersed in a timeless space, they could be credited with the realization of these ‘magical sculpture’ necklaces, were we not sure that their minute detail, inventiveness and hidden irony are characteristics that point clearly to Daniel Kruger: pendants created with small, highly symbolic ritual objects and gems that suggest alchemical and curative capacities, like amber, malachite and coral, set in constructions with an ancient-yet-contemporary essence. This master craftsman of jewelry does not intend to evoke magic spells; what inspires him is the desire to play with obscure, mysterious aspects, and with the personal and societal taboos that too much of contemporary art ignores preferring to follow the latest trends.

These same themes, a unifying thread between the two artists, are the focus of a video and a few small sculptures by Gandolfi, and some of Kruger’s ceramic pieces on display.


Opening: September 12th from 12 am.
 
Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Gourd, copper, gold.. 6.5 x 4 x 4 cm. 
. Gourds are used as medicine or snuff bottle, they are symbols of longevity and good health, but also of release. They represented fertility, new life, the arousal of God (whose emblem was the sun), and the rising of the sun in the east.. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Gourd, copper, gold.
6.5 x 4 x 4 cm

Gourds are used as medicine or snuff bottle, they are symbols of longevity and good health, but also of release. They represented fertility, new life, the arousal of God (whose emblem was the sun), and the rising of the sun in the east.

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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Gold, synthetic corundum boule, two rubies.. 10.5 x 10 x 1.5 cm. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Gold, synthetic corundum boule, two rubies.
10.5 x 10 x 1.5 cm
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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Gold, Malachite stalactite, 3 rubies.. 7 x 3 x 2.5 cm. 
. Malachite is a protection stone, absorbing negative energies and pollutants from the atmosphere and from the body. It guards against radiation of all kinds, clears electromagnetic pollution and heals earth energies.. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Gold, Malachite stalactite, 3 rubies.
7 x 3 x 2.5 cm

Malachite is a protection stone, absorbing negative energies and pollutants from the atmosphere and from the body. It guards against radiation of all kinds, clears electromagnetic pollution and heals earth energies.

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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Gold, vintage bottle, aluminum foil, bone, pigment.. 9.5 x 2 x 2 cm. 
. Contains the ghost of a Witch.. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Gold, vintage bottle, aluminum foil, bone, pigment.
9.5 x 2 x 2 cm

Contains the ghost of a Witch.

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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Gold, natural amber.. 45 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm. Amber is a natural purifier, esteemed for its ability to draw pain and disease from the physical body, as well as the mind and spirit, by absorbing negative or stagnant energies and transforming them into clear, positive energy.. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Gold, natural amber.
45 x 3.5 x 2.5 cm
Amber is a natural purifier, esteemed for its ability to draw pain and disease from the physical body, as well as the mind and spirit, by absorbing negative or stagnant energies and transforming them into clear, positive energy.

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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Cut and polished stone, silver.. 10 x 4 x 2 cm. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Cut and polished stone, silver.
10 x 4 x 2 cm
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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Silver gilt, quartz, iron-meteorite filings, magnet, glass.. 10.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm. Meteors can awaken your subconscious talents and skills, they can bring you into contact with other dimensions. Quartz manifest transcendence and the light of the heavens and symbolized purity, faith and perfection. . Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Silver gilt, quartz, iron-meteorite filings, magnet, glass.
10.5 x 4.5 x 3 cm
Meteors can awaken your subconscious talents and skills, they can bring you into contact with other dimensions. Quartz manifest transcendence and the light of the heavens and symbolized purity, faith and perfection.

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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Silver gilt, peach pip, quartz, glass.. 8 x 3 x 3 cm. The peach tree is considered to be the tree of life and peaches are symbols of immortality and unity. Quartz manifest transcendence and the light of the heavens and symbolized purity, faith and perfection. . Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Silver gilt, peach pip, quartz, glass.
8 x 3 x 3 cm
The peach tree is considered to be the tree of life and peaches are symbols of immortality and unity. Quartz manifest transcendence and the light of the heavens and symbolized purity, faith and perfection.

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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Silver, dried flower, glass.. 6.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm. Petals are modified leaves that surround the reproductive parts of flowers.. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Silver, dried flower, glass.
6.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
Petals are modified leaves that surround the reproductive parts of flowers.

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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Silver, beach pebble with worm holes.. 9 x 6.5 x 1.5 cm. Front and back.. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Silver, beach pebble with worm holes.
9 x 6.5 x 1.5 cm
Front and back.

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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Silver, gold, quartz.. 8 x 5.8 x 2 cm. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Silver, gold, quartz.
8 x 5.8 x 2 cm
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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Silver, porcelain votive figure, glass.. 8 x 5 x 5 cm. The Virgin Mary and the Virgin Birth as beginning anew without taking along the sins and transgressions of foregoing generations.. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Silver, porcelain votive figure, glass.
8 x 5 x 5 cm
The Virgin Mary and the Virgin Birth as beginning anew without taking along the sins and transgressions of foregoing generations.

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Daniel Kruger. Pendant: Untitled, 2020. Silver, glass, Buddha’s Hand (citrus fruit), rock crystal.. 12 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm. The Buddha's hand fruit is a symbol of happiness, longevity and good fortune.. Daniel Kruger
Pendant: Untitled, 2020
Silver, glass, Buddha’s Hand (citrus fruit), rock crystal.
12 x 4.5 x 2.5 cm
The Buddha's hand fruit is a symbol of happiness, longevity and good fortune.

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