current Day and Night by Otto Künzli and Therese Hilbert

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Exhibition dates: 14.11.18 – 12.12.18

What is unclear and ambiguous, lying between offer and refusal, what is oscillating between nature and technology is translated into the abstraction of a piece of jewellery.Therese Hilbert

Therese Hilbert. Brooch: Untitled, 2018. Silver blackened. 7.8 x 6.7 x 4.7 cm

The meticulous geometry which defines the physical object itself as well as its surface, suddenly reveals something that goes beyond the nature of the piece itself: a dimension of depth and force.
Depth and force bubbling from Therese Hilbert’s pieces inspired by the volcanoes, always interested and influenced by their great nature and by their uncontrollable force, the telluric energy and their unpredictable yet fascinating masses.
The depth of an inner dimension emerging from the pieces by Otto Künzli shaped in form of an eye:  looking quietly, never judging, asking the viewer “Who are you?”, as the Caterpillar asked once to Alice…

Surfaces for both Otto and Therese are a medium to slip ourselves elsewhere: this movement, from the plane to the depth is due by the tension of the surface; by the essentiality of the form, by the pureness of lines and geometry and, above all, by the conscious choice of using few materials.
So let’s pretend to be all Alice and, by looking “beyond the mirror”, through the skin of the pieces, we wonder at the works and we wonder about who and what we are.

Text by Nichka Marobin (read full)

It is my freedom to use what every material, technic and fabrication process appropriate to express what is on my mind. I do what I want to do. It is indeed also my risk and my responsibility.  I try to answer ‘why jewellery’ by making good jewellery.Otto Künzli

Otto Künzli. Brooch: Quidam XIV, 2018. Mango pit, moon stone, corian. 5.5 x 8.4 x 1.9 cm

 

Otto and Therese

The artists:

Therese Hilbert was born on the 19th of July 1948 in Zurich. Otto Künzli was born on the 22nd of July 1948 in the same city.
In the year 1966 they met for the first time. Therese Hilbert was already in the second year in the metal department of the Kunstgewerbeschule Zurich (today Hochschule für Gestaltung Zurich) when Otto Künzli entered the same course. In the year 1972 they got married, moved to Munich and studied for the next 6 years under Hermann Jünger at the Art Academie. In 1975 they opened their own studio. In 1976 daughter Miriam was born. From 1991 until 2014 Otto Künzli was appointed as professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. Hilbert and Künzli work and live in Munich.

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