Exhibitions02 11 2019 — 21 12 2019
FrontRoom: KIKO GIANOCCA Well Deep Well
The career of Kiko Gianocca as a jewellery designer started when he was still a little boy sitting at the kitchen table. To pass the time he crumpled aluminum foil into all kinds of forms. Later, after the educations he attended in Florence, Barcelona and Melbourne, his skills in metalworking have substantially increased, nevertheless, that simple, straightforward approach from his early childhood never quite lost its charm.
He recently rolled out silver so thin that it became akin to kitchen foil, and, once again, he started crumpling it. The almost casual processing contrasts splendidly with the classic appearance of the earrings that were the result. On top of that, the pieces are very easy to wear because they are so light. To preserve their shape and sparkle each finished work was rhodium plated.
Equally intriguing is Gianocca’s Who am I? ring. They are basically traditional signet rings, each cast from its own wax model. In the artists hands they are not linked to somebody through the addition of a family crest, he just fitted the front of the ring with two holes, and presto, a face appears! In the most recent version of the design a more or less Freudian twist is introduced: the outside world sees the ‘large face’ visible on the front, while on the inside there is also a tiny, hidden portrait (with the real expression of the wearer?).
A brand new group of work will be coming to the exhibition! As is clear from the jewellery mentioned above, Gianocca is an artist with surprising ideas. This time it is his intention to give, regular, everyday objects an unexpected, renewed meaning. What that will look like is as much a mystery to you as it is to us… The secrets have yet to be revealed – so do drop in at the gallery to have a look!
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)