Statement

I have always been fascinated by the infinite potential that metals offer and the opportunity of transforming their original properties and aspect in order to stretch the scope of what can be achieved.

I avail myself of antique goldsmith techniques that have almost fallen into disuse, such as niello and granulation, personalizing them in order to give my work a distinctive character. I work with precious metals, combining them with other metals such as iron, copper and brass.
I apply niello to the surface of the metal so that it is completely covered. In this way, the preciousness of the metal disappears leaving way to a dark, rough surface. Through the use of heat, I achieve cracks and clots resulting in surfaces that seem battered and ill-treated, resembling ancient relics.
My work is based on spontaneity and instinct. I try to transfer everyday emotions into my jewellery in an impulsive way. This method allows me to develop works that are unique and sculptural. I endeavor to use the same sort of approach as I do when painting and often treat the surface of the metal as a canvas. This instinctive approach is counteracted by the precise, geometric forms that I use, whereby everything seems to be brought back into place.

Statement

Il mio lavoro si può suddividere in due momenti, uno progettuale e quindi una base di lavoro classica, dove sono presenti alcuni aspetti ricorrenti nel lavoro di oreficeria, come la costruzione con lastre quindi la saldatura, le cerniere e le chiusure a scatto. Un lavoro lento e pensato tipico dei lavori dell’oreficeria. E una seconda parte, quella più informale, che dà spessore all’oggetto e lo caratterizza, utilizzando antiche tecniche come l’applicazione  in modo materico del Niello o la Granulazione oppure le ossidazioniQueste texture nascondono la preziosità del gioiello (preziosità perché io solitamente  utilizzo metalli preziosi). Diciamo che la base, ossia il gioiello, la utilizzo come un pittore utilizza la tela per esprimere propri concetti ed emozioni.
Negli anni ho coltivato la passione per la pittura, informale segnica, materica, dove il colore o un segno rappresentano un’emozione o particolare stato d’animo. Ecco cercavo qualcosa di analogo anche in oreficeria e l’ho trovato utilizzando le tecniche del Niello, la Granulazione o le ossidazioni in modo pittorico, informale. Un utilizzo che cambia l’aspetto dei gioielli  e li rende unici. Quindi un aspetto tecnico e un aspetto artistico, un mix che credo possa rendere riconoscibili i miei pezzi. Alla fine saranno pezzi unici, perché, anche se ripetibili, essendo costruiti tutti a mano non saranno mai uguali uno all’altro, a causa di piccole differenze di rifinitura e per l’uso del Niello, pensato in questo caso come colore e dal risultato finale sempre differente.

GIGI MARIANI, 1957 – Modena – Italy

Education:

2013 Vice Chairman AGC Italy( Association Contemporary jewelry)
2012 Curator with H.Herb – International jewelry Competition “…vices or lifestyle ?”(Jury G.Corvaja,Barbara Schmidt) | Member of Gesellschaft fur Goldschmiedekunst, Hanau, DE

2011 Granulation Workshop with G.Corvaja–Alchimia – Florence | Member Klimt02 | Member Crafthaus | Workshop mokume gane with G.Corvaja, Todi, I
2009 Enrolment AGC| Co- founder Artifizio group | Workshop with Graziano Visintin e MariaRosa Franzin
2001 Since 2001 collaboration with the Archaeological Museum Modena
2001/02 Seminar on diamond grading, Camera di Commercio Modena
1985 Opened his own studio in Modena
1983 Apprenticeship by a Goldsmith ‘s laboratory

Awards:

2014 First Price Joya 2014, Barcellona, E
2013
First prize Cominelli Foundation 2013 Award
2012 Premi Joid’art- Enjoia’t 2012 Barcellona
2011 Exhibition Gioielli in fermento, Torre Fornello (PC), I
2011 First prize ONOFF Spazio Aperto Award 150°, Padua, I

Collections:

Museo degli Argenti, Florence, I
Cominelli Foundation, Salò, I
Olnick-Spanu Collection, New York­­­, USA

Lecture /workshop:

2016 Like a rolling stones – workshop, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
2016 3 Italian Jewellers talks at Eca, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
2016 Creo – Dipartimento Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche, Unimore, Italy

Magazines

2014 Art Aurea nr 1
2014 Catalogue Le Bijou mis a prix – A U DA P & M I R A B A U D, Paris, FR
2014 Amber in Contemporary Jeweelery, Riga, LV
2013 L’OFFICIEL nr 45, Riga, LV
2013  Art Aurea nr 4
2012  Art Aurea nr 3
2011 L’orafo italiano ART AUREA nr3 | Vogue gioiello nr 116

Catalogue

2014 Contemporay Jewelry Design
2014 Gigi Mariani Catalogue – Emotions in Matter
2014 http://beautifulpeopleliveart.com/gigi-mariani-emotions-in-matter/
2014 Catalogue Le Bijou mis a prix – A U DA P & M I R A B A U D, Paris, FR
2014 Amber in Contemporary Jeweelery, Riga, LV
2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition
2013 Cominelli  Award 2013
2012 International Annual of Contemporary jewel art “ Jewel Book 2012/2013
2012 Anuario Yearbook Contemporary Jewellery 2012/2013
2012 Catalogue Amberif Design Award

Contact – info@gigimariani.it    gigimarianimo@virgilio.it  www.gigimariani.it

Gigi Mariani - Work in progress

Exhibitions:

Selected exhibition 2016

Les Confluences, Museo del Modernismo Catalan, Barcelona,Spain | Selected Stories, Ohmayblue gallery, Venezia, Italy | Past present, Alternatives Gallery , Roma, Italy | Conversation with a cloud , Putti Galleri, Riga, Latvia | Joya , Barcelona, Spain | 25 Year’s Galerie Slavik, Wien, A | ‘Jewel: the inspiration in the past’ -The Museum of Human Evolution, Burgos, E | Permanent 2016 – Alliages, Lille, FR | R/evolution – 66 Mistral Gallery, Barcelona, E | After Joya Effect III, Athens, GR | Dialoghi Agc/JJDA, Livorno, I | La Roma del Bernini –  Roma, I

Selected exhibition 2015
Selected for the Herbert Hofmann 2015 Award, Schmuck 2015, Munich, DE | Impressions – Alliages, Lille, FR | La matiere du bijou-Galerie Maitre Albert, Paris, FR |  International Price Mario Pinton, Padua, I | Dialogues AGC/JJDA Italy/Japan /  6000 Fragments–Popeye love Olive Gallery, Athens, GR | Gioielli in fermento – Museo del Bijou, Casalmaggiore, I | White horse in a green medow – Putti Art Gallery, Riga, LV |  Joya 2015, Barcelona, E

Interview

Arterritory – Interview

Klimt02 – Interview

Gigi Mariani – Video interview

Galleries

Putti Art Gallery, Riga, LV
Gallerie Isabelle Hund, Munich, DE
Charon Kransen Arts
, New York, Usa
Alternatives Gallery, Rome, I
Galerie Slavik, Wien, A
Elise Geers E juweelie, Gent, BE
Alliages, Lille, FR
Friends of Carlotta, Zurich, CH
Ohmyblue, Venezia, Italy