A festival of Silver
10th -28th November 2001
To be able to re- introduce a festive spirit
at the table. To create hollowware in silver, rock crystal, blue
sodolite and acrylic. To paint a surface with a protective gold
coat where the uneven gold edge meets the border of the plate. To
work with the geometric shapes - triangle, square and circle - that
is a treat for Wolfgang Gessl. And it is high time for us to take
part in a festival of his work.
A pastry, a cake rising to an apex or a tapering form, just as the
nose, points straight ahead. Pyramis. The gold and silver
smith, artist Wolfgang Gessl has found inspiration for his theme
in an ancient construction, the Egyptian pyramid, inspired by the
year of architecture 2001, and the word itself from antique Greece.
The exhibition is meant for those festive occasions,
which we celebrate together, and is now on display at the gallery
Nutida Svenskt Silver for some three weeks in November. The starting
point for Wolfgang Gessl is the strict jug Standpunkt that, with
its spout and jointed lid in the shape of a pyramid, and its round
acrylic handle indicates the way to the table. It is possible that
we can recognise the earlier work of Wolfgang Gessl in his choice
of combining precious metals with a modern synthetic material such
as acrylic. Another of his starting points is the warm matt silver
surface and the soft round shape of the plates. He is the master
smith who allows for experimentation. He can put a silver jug in
the freezer until frosty, or design a vase, which can be used both
vertically and horizontally.
Wolfgang Gessl has been inspired by his many
foreign trips and the wide ranging expressions of the Vienna of
his youth. He became a Swedish silversmith during the 1970s
after having discovered the simple, clean and even sparse style
of expression in our traditions. He has married this style with
his impressions of Japan.
Consequently, there are no large glittering silver surfaces now,
rather matt, so that one is not tempted to mirror oneself in ones
own glory. His objective is to break free from a hard and metallic
surface, however retaining a strict idiom. The dialogue in the candlesticks
between a misty silver lustre and the shimmer of the rock crystal
creates a frozen pre-historic moment, the deep clang of the age-old
crystal and the scent of a million years of fused cracks.