Exhibitions14 09 2019 — 26 10 2019
FrontRoom: BETTINA SPECKNER Carousel
Click, the picture is made. All previous occurrences and conversations captured in an image, frozen in time. It is called a snapshot and that is exactly what it is, just that moment when progression momentarily snapped; for the people in the picture live on, the city will change, the trees continue to grow. Developments go on and the merry-go-round of time will gradually make the image loose its topicality.
Bettina Speckner exploits this phenomenon by directly engaging in the process by adding painted markings, gem stones or fragments to a photographic print. In doing so an erstwhile slightly orphaned image gets a new, often surprising meaning; no longer solely for some individual person, but available to everybody's own interpretation. The way things go with photography, is also how it is for objects, jewellery included. Preparations for their conception may take lots of time, but at a given moment ideas and materials come together and, presto, the art work has come into being. Also here the carousel starts to spin: first of all the work is up for adoption; in search for somebody who recognizes something, who could be moved, fall in love. It is an elusive, subtle process, one that may take time. Once there will come a moment, after that first owner, the piece will come back in circulation, waiting for its next admirer. And in that way its meaning will change time and again.
When a gallery presents a new work for the first time, the chances of recognition are relatively high, though there is little logic in the system: every now and then stunning work is left unsold... Even with Bettina Speckners jewellery. Some of those pieces will now travel to Amsterdam from all over the world, which gives us the opportunity to show - next to several brand new pieces! - outstanding work that didn't yet find a lover elsewhere. It is the eternal carousel of beauty craving recognition, of a message waiting to be heard.
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)