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Michael Becker

The architecture of light
22.9-15.10.2011

Michael Becker's works resemble small architectural worlds. The German artist is fascinated by structures forming the basis of things and by the hidden networks of these structures. In addition to creating the "anatomy" of a piece, he is also interested in its sculptural and spatial quality.

At a first glimpse, the jewellery appears to us as very simple and geometric, but it is only at a second look that the complex construction comes through. He studies architectural plans, especially those of the Italian Renaissance and 20th century. His emphasis in doing so is on architecture with relatively clean, geometric designs. He develops his jewellery by studying floor plans, systems of proportions and rhythms that can be found in works of Alberti and Palladio or Mies van der Rohe.

Becker predominantly uses gold in his works as he is drawn by the ambiguous nature of this material. On one hand, its bright, monochrome yellow colour makes it distinctly perceptible as a three-dimensional material and on the other, the play of light makes it almost dematerialize to a point that it becomes intangible. His research brings him to analyze the construction of form through an in-depth study of light. The result is jewellery conceived as rigorous architecture, that reacts in a dynamic form to continuous stimulus from light, whereby the colour of gold combined to that of stones, creates an almost mystical atmosphere.


I lavori di Michael Becker si presentano come piccoli mondi architettonici. L'artista tedesco è affascinato dalle strutture che formano le basi degli oggetti e dai sistemi nascosti delle stesse strutture. Oltre a creare l'anatomia del pezzo, Becker è interessato alle sue qualità scultoree e spaziali.

A prima vista, appaiono gioielli semplici e geometrici, ma è solo dopo averli esaminati meglio che si apprezzano le strutture complesse.

L'artista ha uno spiccato interesse per progetti architettonici, specialmente quelli rinascimentali e del XX secolo. Da questo ne deriva un fascino per le architetture apparentemente semplici, dalle linee geometriche pulite, da cui poi sviluppa le forme dei suoi gioielli. Di particolare interesse sono per l'artista il sistema delle proporzioni e dei ritmi che si possono trovare nei progetti di Alberti e Palladio o Mies van der Rohe.

Becker usa prevalente l'oro, in quanto è attratto dall'ambiguità del materiale. Da un lato, il colore giallo intenso lo rende percettibile come materiale tridimensionale e dall'altro, i giochi di luce fanno sì che quasi si smaterializzi fino a diventare intangibile.

La sua ricerca lo porta ad analizzare la costruzione della forma attraverso uno studio approfondito della luce. Gioielli concepiti come architetture rigorose che reagiscono dinamicamente alle continue sollecitazioni luminose, dove il colore dell'oro unito a quello delle pietre ne determina un carattere quasi mistico.

Statement
"I am fascinated by what structures are underlying things and the not immediately recognisable orders behind these structures. In this context, I also concern myself with architectural plans, especially with those of the Italian Renaissance and 20th century. My emphasis in doing so was on architecture with relatively simple geometric designs. From floor plans, systems of proportions and rhythms that can be found in works of Alberti and Palladio or Mies van der Rohe for example, I developed jewellery".