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 ossidazioni. Queste 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:

1983 Apprenticeship by a Goldsmith ‘s laboratory
1985 Opened his own studio in Modena
2001/02 Seminar on diamond grading, Chamber of Commerce – Modena
2001 Since 2001 collaboration with the Archaeological Museum –Modena
2009 Workshop with Graziano Visintin e MariaRosa Franzin | Enrolment AGC| Co- founder Artifizio group
2011 Granulation Workshop with G.Corvaja, Alchimia, Florence | Member Klimt02 | Member Crafthaus | Workshop mokume gane with G.Corvaja, Todi italia
2012 Curator with H.Herb – International jewelry Competition “……vices or lifestyle” | Member of Gesellschaft fur Goldschmiedekunst, Hanau, Germany
2013 Vice Chairman AGC Italy (Association Contemporary jewelry)

Awards

2015 Guest Artist for 2015 Edition of Joya art Jewellery Fair /Alliages Choise – The legacy award
2014 First Prize Joya 2014, Barcelona, Spain || Selected for the Herbert Hofmann 2015 Award, Schmuck 2015 (Munich)
2013 First prize Cominelli Foundation 2013 Award
2012 Premi Joid’art, Enjoia’t 2012, Barcellona
2011 Exhibition Gioielli in fermento, Torre Fornello (PC) / | First prize ONOFF Spazio Aperto Award 150°, Padua, Italy

Collections

Museo degli Argenti, Florence, Italy
Cominelli Foundation, Salo’, Italy
Olnick-Spanu Collection, NY, 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

Selected exhibitions:

2018 The Alchemical egg , Galerie La Joaillerie par Mazlo –Paris
2018 Short stories, Art gallery Putti, Riga, Latvia
2018 Influences, Galerie Benjamin Eck, Munich, Germany
2018 Like a rolling Stone , Museum Reich der Kristalle, Munich , Germany
2018 Chaos, Alliages, MJW, Munich, Germany
2018 Segni nella Materia, solo exhibition, Oratorio San Rocco, Padua, Italy

2017 Gold on the tracks, solo exhibition,Galerie Isabella Hund, Munich, Germany
2017 AJW2017, Popeye love Olive, Athens, Greece
2017 25 years Gallery Orfèo, Luxemburg, Luxemburg
2017 Summer symphony..,Putti art gallery , Riga, Latvia
2017 Natura praetiosa, Museo del Mediterraneo, Livorno, Italy
2017 Italian Jewellery Art, Galerie Slavik, Wien, Austria
2017 The Alchemical Egg, Hannah Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2017 Beijing International Jewelry Exhibition, Beijing , Chin

Interview

Arterritory – Interview

Klimt02 – Interview

Gigi Mariani – Video interview

Galleries

Gallerie Isabelle Hund, Munich, Germany
Putti Art Gallery, Riga, Latvia
Alternatives Gallery, Rome, Italy
Galerie Slavik, Vienna, Austria
Charon Kransen Arts, NY, Usa
Friends of Carlotta, Zurich,CH
Elise Geers E juweelier, Gent, Be
Galerie Orfeo, Luxemburg