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?).
These kind of ideas originate in the imagination of the maker. To be able to produce new work, Gianocca will return to that source time and again. The latest jewellery pieces he is now showing in the gallery, touch precisely on this phenomenon: the fact that each person can call upon his or her inner self. The results are lightweight brooches - made of anodised aluminium - with concentric circles engraved on their surface; not displaying rigid, mechanical perfection, but with the liveliness of a process executed by hand. These circular patterns give an effect of depth. The intention is to depict the invisible core each individual possesses, like a secret inner world, the univers that all artists draw from.
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)