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Akis Goumas

Jeweller
Published: 02.04.2020

Intro
Akis Goumas is a Greek artist with an extensive experience in the jewellery field. The artist is a regular presence in international exhibitions and fairs, such as JOYA, and his work can be found in several publications. Besides this Akis is interested on natural structures and in the study of prehistoric findings from the Aegean region, Greece.

Statement

…Layers lie upon layers of time and history, half hidden and half revealed. Like a myth’s internal structure of layers, folding and winding in on themselves, exploring some parts while keeping others in the shadow…

The process of designing a piece of jewelry or an object is a journey in time. I follow a path through emotions, concepts and images. It is an ensemble of elements, powered by memories, experiences and myths. My work is a medium, through which I aim to communicate with other people. I enjoy observing natural structures and studying prehistoric findings from the Aegean region with a group of archaeologists.

An elaborately braided bird nest, a delicate embroidered by vasculars flower capsule, the growth lines on a mollusk shell, the nettings formed by capillary vessels inside the body, are all parts of a world in which I like to lose myself in. I admire the resourcefulness and the intelligence of the anonymous prehistoric metal workers, who with only a few tools created masterpieces. They teach me how to decode ancient tool traces and techniques. The small findings and jewelry fragments that I study these last years have deeply influenced, my approach to jewellery creation. The pieces that I make are three-dimensional compositions-objects designed to be worn.


Techniques, materials, colors and textures are the language through which I express myself during these journeys of creating.

A project based on a rare Mycenaean technique:
During the last 3 years, I am focused on a project which is based on some rare findings from Mycenaean Greece (16th -15th century BC), decorated with an unknown goldsmithing technique. The technique is described and named by the excavator professor Tsountas as “gold embroidery (1889) and was used to decorate bronze weapons with minute gold particles Thousands of these particles were made out of striped gold wires (dimensions 1.5-2 mm long and 0.2-0.3 thick )covered the surfaces of hilts of daggers or swords. The technique is very difficult to be detected with the naked eye and much more difficult to be understood the way it was made.

In order to feel the Mycenaean craftsman, the last two years I have launched an experimental project. During this period, I try to work on a very small scale with tiny pieces of wire, similar to the original and cover surfaces in my personal way. My aim is not to copy his work but to feel what is happening when you work on a very small scale. I have learned that it is an inner journey which needs a lot of concentration and time. After a period of practice, I realized that I didn’t care because of the small size and technical difficulties. The information we( archaeologists and me) gained from this project helps us to minimize the distance between us and the old master and understand why some craftsmen are addicted to the small scale of work.It is interesting to know that, there are not more than ten artefacts found  during a period of almost two centuries

Work Untitled 1,2 and 3 (2020)are experimental fragments which will be assembled to jewels.

 

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2021:
2019:
Exhibition  23 May 2019 - 27 May 2019  Materio Talk 2019.
2018:
Exhibition  04 Oct 2018 - 07 Oct 2018  Gioielli in Fermento at JOYA Barcelona 2018.
Exhibition  01 Oct 2018 - 05 Oct 2018  Materio-Talk 2018.
2017:
Exhibition  09 Nov 2017 - 09 Dec 2017  Materio Talk.
Exhibition  04 Oct 2017 - 07 Oct 2017  Gioielli in Fermento 2017 Master Collection at JOYA 2017.
Exhibition  20 May 2017 - 25 Jun 2017  Ithaca. Contemporary jewellery exhibition.
Fair  18 May 2017 - 21 May 2017  Athens Jewelry Week 2017.
Exhibition  18 May 2017 - 21 May 2017  Art + Jewelry. Intersecting Spaces.
Exhibition  07 May 2017 - 17 May 2017  Gioielli in Fermento 2017 Master Collection.
2016:
Exhibition  28 Oct 2016 - 13 Nov 2016  Evremata by Akis Goumas and Vivi Touloumidi.
Exhibition  20 Oct 2016 - 27 Nov 2016  Highlights from Gioielli in Fermento in New York.
Exhibition  28 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016  Revolutions.
Fair  29 Jun 2016 - 03 Jul 2016  Athens Jewelry Week 2016.
Exhibition  08 May 2016 - 22 May 2016  Gioielli In ...Fermento 2016.
Workshop  24 Apr 2016 - 24 Apr 2016  Jewellery Experience by Akis Goumas and José Marín.
Exhibition  21 Apr 2016 - 24 Apr 2016  A Common Language by José Marín and Akis Goumas.
Meeting  21 Apr 2016 - 24 Apr 2016  Melting Point 2016.
Exhibition  21 Apr 2016 - 24 Apr 2016  The Legacy Collection at The Melting Point 2016.
Exhibition  16 Apr 2016 - 07 May 2016  Ithaca at Livorno.
2015:
Exhibition  12 Dec 2015 - 30 Jan 2016  A Dark Spark of Light.
Exhibition  20 Oct 2015 - 12 Dec 2015  Transmission.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015  The Legacy Award by Alliages at Joya Barcelona.
Exhibition  07 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015  Ithaca.
Exhibition  06 Oct 2015 - 10 Oct 2015  Gioielli in Fermento #gallery 2015.
Exhibition  13 Jun 2015 - 19 Jul 2015  Gioielli in Fermento 2015 at Museo del Bijou.

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Book:  Ausgezeichnet! most excellent!. Bruhn, InesArnoldsche Art Publishers:  Germany,  2016
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Book:  Bijoux en Jeu. 2014
Collections du mudac et de la Confédération suisse, mudac Lausanne, ISBN 978-2-88244-027-3
Book:  La Bibliothèque des Arts. 2014
Lausanne, ISBN 978-2-88453-189-4
Book:  Multiple Exposures. 2014
The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, ISBN 978-1-890385-28-6
Book:  On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets. Susan RamlijakSchiffer Publishing:  Atglen,  2014
Magazine:  Urban Coco. Leeds,  2013
Issue 8, June 2013
Magazine:  Susanne Hammer, FAULT LINES. 2012
Schmuckmagazin online
Magazine:  Ketten. Susanne Hammer. 2011
Nevertheless, Vienna, S.124 - 131
Book:  De Omkering. 2003
Numbered edition, 500 copies, 35 euro shipping included
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