A festival of Silver
Wolfgang Gessl
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. Pyrami’s. 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 1970’s 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 one’s 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.


Celebratory!