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Vessels: Mind, Soul and Senses

Exhibition  /  14 Nov 2009  -  16 Dec 2009
Published: 24.10.2009
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Intro
(...) It is about creating a form but also about the details, surface treatment and skin. A heavy accent was on traditional skills: folding, hammering, chasing and enamelling. Techniques and processes that seem no longer of our time. But in fact the opposite is true! (...)
In 2007 I organised the exhibition ‘Australian Vessels’ for Galerie Ra, featuring work in various styles and materials from ten Australian artists. I would describe ‘vessels’ as objects with an interior and exterior space, like dishes, vases, boxes and so forth.
My passion for this subject is now the reason for a sequence to this earlier exhibition entitled ‘Vessels: Mind, Soul and Senses’ by Maike Dahl, Christine Graf, Chien-Wei Chang, Michael Haas and Eva Reidel.
Now, however, a specific country is not the binding factor but the material, especially silver, partly coupled with technique. Important to me this time when choosing work was the consummate skill in handling the material and an extraordinary insight into its expressive possibilities. It is about creating a form but also about the details, surface treatment and skin. A heavy accent was on traditional skills: folding, hammering, chasing and enamelling. Techniques and processes that seem no longer of our time. But in fact the
opposite is true!
The insight, understanding and ability of these artists form the basis for the quality of their work. Creating quality and experiencing quality is a timeless luxury...

Paul Derrez

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