Exhibitions12 01 2019 — 14 02 2019
FrontRoom: SAMIRA GOETZ Reversed Arches
The arch is an essential part of the architects toolbox, it is a supporting shape which allows a closed wall to open: it facilitates access. Simultaneously the passage - or the person moving through it - gets extra emphasis, is newly framed. From the semicircular Romanesque structures or Gothic pointed arches, to contemporary grand gestures: the arch is a multifaceted shape incorporating many guises.semicircular Romanesque structures or Gothic pointed arches, to contemporary grand gestures: the arch is a multifaceted shape incorporating many guises.
Of the biggest piece of jewellery - the one meant to be worn around the neck - you could say that you enter it while putting your head through it. A necklace supports with it's curved shape the appearance of the wearer. Putting such a piece on is not to be taken lightheartedly: the gesture is connected with a change in the expression and status of the user, it redefines his or her position in the world.
The jewellery artist Samira Goetz, who graduated last year from the Academy in Munich, took up the challenge to investigate the intersections between architecture and jewellery. The most remarkable aspect, and a direct consequence of her starting point, is the application of concrete. Fortunately she made the elements in her necklaces hollow by a ingenious use of dovetailing. In spite of their visually heavy appearance, they are actually very light; the addition of a synthetic component to the concrete takes care of their strength. Though it is hardly visible, all the shapes are traditionally threaded - like an archaic string of beads - granting each necklace a astonishing flexibility. With Samira Goetz pieces the future wearers will build on a new image of themselves that is as non-conformistic as it is esthetically daring.
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)