• Springsnow

    brooch 2019

    Springsnow

    alpaca, wood, elmseed, foil, acrylic

    sold

  • Plenty of Nothing

    necklace 2019

    Plenty of Nothing

    wood, acrylic, elmseed, felt, textile

    sold

  • Couple

    earrings 2019

    Couple

    gold, elmseed, acrylic

    sold out

  • Bag and Bagage

    brooch 2019

    Bag and Bagage

    alpaca, wood, textile, aluminium, pencil, acrylic

    € 1950,00

  • Cycle of Life

    necklace 2019

    Cycle of Life

    € 4250,00

  • Plenty of Nothing

    brooch 2019

    Plenty of Nothing

    alpaca, wood, elmseed, acrylic

    sold

  • Stapel

    pendant 2019

    Stapel

    gold, elmseed, sand, textile, stone, acrylic

    sold

  • Wir War

    brooch 2019

    Wir War

    alpaca, aluminium, acrylic, wood, textile, graphite

    € 1950,00

  • Stapel

    brooch 2019

    Stapel

    silver, wood, acrylic, elmseed, cd, arkansa, paper, cork, paint

    € 1675,00

  • Elm

    brooch 2019

    Elm

    elmseed, arylic

    sold out

Exhibitions

06 04 2019 — 25 05 2019

FrontRoom: BEPPE KESSLER Plenty of Nothing

The earth is barren, the trees are empty; everything seems to have come to a standstill. Yet, irrespective of our destructive dealings with nature, when the sun starts to get warmer at the beginning of the year, some crackling and brewing can be detected in the ground, and it starts to buzz and flow inside the wood.

Plenty of Nothing

Amidst the abundance of the spring flowers, the modest blossoms of the elm tree hardly get noticed. But later on, once summer can be detected in the air, the elms can't be missed. They are the cause of what might truly be called 'spring snow': millions of seeds take to the skies to prolong the species existence. Especially in Amsterdam it is a phenomenon, since the city holds - unique in the world - tens of thousands of elm trees and the city centre is flooded with their nearly weightless seeds. They are whirling in the wind and form a springy carpet covering both sidewalks and streets; even making successful efforts to gain a footing far behind front doors. They are also responsible for clogged drains and gutters, deteriorating into a slippery mass once it begins to rain...

The elm is as much part of Amsterdam as the artist Beppe Kessler, who lives and works here; she thought it was high time for a tribute. With her keen eye for detail and visual effects, she became intrigued by the range of shapes - there are over forty different types of elms in the city! - and the divergence between young, mature and the shriveling seeds. 

In addition to a group of fifty brooches, each containing only one seed, she also made more complex, associative pieces, which for instance incorporate leafs, grass and wood. Once again Kessler succeeds in transforming seemingly humble, usually unnoticed material into objects that shall once grace a future wearer, and will continue to fascinate and delight the eye.
(The project is supported by the AFK Amsterdam Art Fund).

Ward Schrijver 
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)