WALKING TREASURES IV
Tesori da Passaggio
ESH Gallery is pleased to present the 4th Walking Treasures. Tesori da Passeggio edition, the annual event dedicated to art jewelry.
The exhibition wants to bring the public closer to the contemporary jewel’s world, through international artists who express themselves with different materials and techniques, highlighting the technical experimentation.
Questioning the boundrais between art and craft, ESH Gallery focuses one time again on the sculptures, in this case on the little scale and wearable one. The ones presented are little artworks, which people can bring everyday with themselves. The walking treasures are handmade or limited edition, created through techniques exploring the thin line between art and design, innovation and craftmanship.
Even this year ESH Gallery wants to highlight the artists who are closer to its soul, such as the ones who investigate the space and nature’s concepts. Those are the main source of inspiration for the Walking Treasures’ objects indeed: used for giving form to the personal artist research, that is the case for bronze and silver Laura Volpi’s and Eleonora Ghilardi’s collections. The concepts of space and nature can also be presented as a concrete element in the object, in order to investigate the conceptual and aesthetic chances.
Carlo Lucidi, graduated at Accademia d’Arte in Rome and in fashion and scenography, is now dedicating to contemporary jewels. His tiny and wearable sculptures, created by lost-wax casting technique, sums up the strength of the metal with the daintiness of petals, putting the main focus for his poetic research
on the tactile and visual contrast.
His unrepeatable and unique jewels are meant to put everyday a new flower, an element that lives and perishes during the day.
Sara Barbanti, the young Joya Prize 2018 winner, takes inspiration from the landscape around her. The artist is interested in researching the contrast between poor materials and precious metals, transforming raw materials in elegant and sophisticated elements.
Carbonizing the wood that she picks, the artist puts together gold or silver in order to give birth to a jewel that talks about the relationship between light and shadow, recalling nature and geometry.
Chiara Scarpitti, graduated in Industrial Design and in Fashion Design at Politecnico in Milano, is experimenting some techniques that put together the traditional side of craftsmanship and the digital production.
On Anthropocene’ series, collecting extincted flowers, plants, and lost landscapes, the artist creates a series of collages making think about the human impact on the environment.
The same interest for environmental concerns is in the Argentine Agostina Laurenzano’s works, in which she sums up her experience in Clothing and Textile Design with applied arts. Her jewels are made with eco-friendly and biodegradable materials. Some natural elements, like pine leaves, are crystalized in resins and in eco-friendly materials. These frozen in time objects want to bring the attention on the consumerist society always in need of new materials and new resources.
Geometry and spatial research are the main source of creativity for some artists presented at Walking Treasures 4.
Is the case of the Dutch artist Karen Vanmol with her modular-designed jewels, in which architectural forms become earrings, necklaces, and bracelets and where chromatic sequences follow the human body movements.
Urbanism concept turns into jewels in the case of young Giulia Savino, picking the maps of the cities for her pieces. Gold or silver chains take the place of streets and city centres, presenting the chance to wear a jewel that reflects your own city.
The Italian designer Letizia Maggio is interested in experimenting the jewel possibilities. She researches the dialogue between different materials and techniques, creating forms in evolution, as her one-of-a-kind fabric and metal necklaces, related with the owner and the space around.
As a demonstration of ESH Gallery’s interest for Eastern cultures, there are presented the jewels made by the Chinese artist Angie Wu and the ones made by the Japanese Yukie Shirakawa, selected from Artistar Jewels Prize 2019, in occasion of the first edition of Milano Jewelry Week.
Artists presented: Sara Barbanti, Sofia Eriksson, Eleonora Ghilardi, Jil Koehn, Agostina Laurenzano, Carlo Lucidi, Letizia Maggio, Ōki Izumi, Anna Santinello, Daniella Saraya, Giulia Savino, Chiara Scarpitti, Karen VanMol, Laura Volpi, Yukie Shirakawa, Angie Wu.