Exhibition of Contemporary Jewellery
Three Men
Georg Dobler (Berin)  Michael Becker (Munchen) Stefano Marchetti
from 25th of september toe 10 th of October
at Villa De Bondt

Stefano Marchetti (Padua)

Stefano Marchetti, 1970, born in Padova, Italy. Graduated at Istituto Statale d’Arte “Pietro Selvatico” in Padova, Department of Metals and Jewellery Design. He lives and works in Padova and his works are preserved at the following collections:Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Museum of Art & Design, New York, Marzee Collection, Nijmegen, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Pforzheim, The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Basel, Museo degli Argenti, Firenze,  Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middelsbrough, RMIT University, Melbourne, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CODA museum, Apeldoorn, The Olnick Spanu Collection, New York, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Die Neue Sammlung, Muenchen,  Museo de Arte Virreinal de Santa Teresa, Arequipa, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, Swiss National Museum, Zurich.

Statement

Marchetti describes himself as a combination of goldsmith, sculptor, technical processes developerand teacher. He has revisited a number of themes over the course of his career, like the mosaics, or pieces created through chemical corrosion, obtaining a golden skeleton of a piece originally made by silver and gold – As with photography you cannot see the result until the end… I had to work like a blind sculptor – or again, he worked on floating structures, frozen in a limited space, or on plastic gold – it is neither gold nor plastic, but it is, well… both of them – . Right now he is researching the possibilities of drawing on silver with palladium.

As much an alchemist as a jeweller, Stefano Marchetti has always loved metal, fire, chemistry, computers. He creates an archaic visual language of precious, ruptured fragments handled with a painterly sensitivity to colour and form. ‘Materials, metals in particular,’ he says, ‘with their potential to hold and transmit meaning, occupy the centre of my research‘. Unafraid to challenge his passion for jewellery and the experience of making, in his material explorations he finds both beauty and nightmares. It is not the material that creates the result, he says, but our ability to fertilise it with ideas.

Michael Becker ( Munchen )

Michael Becker or the Beauty of Geometry
Cornelie Ueding and Jürgen Wertheimer
Gold plates, titanium discs, dolomite rocks, severe, ascetic shapes, distinct lines: seldom is a first glance more deceptive than a casual observer seeing Michael Becker’s jewelry. Concealed behind the geometric severity and aesthetic perfection are poetry and passion, indeed a desire for beauty bordering on obsession. You could also say that the visible severity is a consequence of a passionate urge to capture a cosmic disorder, while at the same time trying to tame this chaos, halting every movement while setting everything imaginable in motion. Static and dynamic are hardly opposites in the work of Michael Becker, no more than artificiality and nature.                         read more >>>

Georg Dobler (Berlin)

Born in Creusen, Deutschland  in 1952. Master’s certificate as goldsmith, Pforzheim. Has his studio in Berlin. Professor at the university of applied sciences and arts, Hildesheim

In 1985, after an early deconstructivist phase, Georg Dobler started complementing his jewelry with organic elements in blackened silver. In the late 1990s, he experimented with the opulence of gemstones, creating pieces characterized by an innovative combination of naturalism and artificiality. Around the turn of the millennium, he introduced minimalist compositions featuring polished amethyst or quartz slices set in blackened silver frames. His Beetle Brooches created since 2005 under the title à la Lalique clearly reveal he was inspired by this great Art Nouveau master. Dobler, who counts among the most important contemporary jewelry artists of today, recently started designing abstract, geometrical and technology-inspired pieces again.