RALPH BAKKER: JEWELLERY - 04 Dec 2008 - 09 Jan 2009
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Ralph Bakker: Jewellery
Klimt02 | Gallery presents in Barcelona on a solo show the Dutch artist Ralph Bakker  where he will present a selection of necklaces, rings and earrings. Bakker, for whom a jeweller’s work is a question of attitude and mindset, takes his inspiration from "the material, the symbolism of traditional form or the beauty of a technique".


About the work:
Bakker, for whom a jeweller’s work is a question of attitude and mindset, takes his inspiration from "the material, the symbolism of traditional form or the beauty of a technique". Specifically, “archetypical forms of jewellery are of great importance; I can be fascinated by a plain link chain: mere circles creating a picture and function that cannot be improved weher form and function intertwine”. His aim is to “cherish and keep up the tradition of the age-old craft”, with which he is highly familiar. In fact, “this knowledge enables me to let my pieces of jewellery arise from controlled experiments; pieces of jewellery that carry within them the inificance of the goldsmith tradition”. His was an unusual criterion in Holland at a time (end of the 80s and start of the 90s) when critics were more interested in the conceptual aspects of the ornament.
His jewellery is the be all and end all: new creations “answer questions for which I could find no answers”. However, “intellectual themes, which are often used by my colleagues, are not in my sphere of interest and represent a dead-end for me”.

About the pieces:
For women and easy to wear, they are the result of the concatenation of elements. They are produced in gold, silver, minerals such as quartz and aquamarine, glass and enamel. The powerful presence of these rings and necklaces enhances this place of transit on the body, the sensual area between the neck and chest. 

JEWELS by RALPH BAKKER: JEWELLERY

 Crow  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Necklace: Crow, 2007.
Gold, Tantalum.
ΓΈ 19 cm.
Serial number: 3.
 Dubbelschakel  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Necklace: Dubbelschakel, 2008.
Gold, silver, enamel.
 ScalesRing G&T  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Ring: ScalesRing G&T, 2008.
Gold and Gold & Tantalum.
 Marble III  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Ring: Marble III, 2008.
Gold, glass.
 A.L.E.X  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Ring: A.L.E.X, 2008.
Gold, silver, enamel.
 Roseballs  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Necklace: Roseballs, 2008.
Gold, silver, niello, rose quartz.
 Solitaire 4  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Ring: Solitaire 4, 2008.
Gold, silver, enamel, lemon quartz.
 Solitaire 2  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Ring: Solitaire 2, 2008.
Gold, silver, enamel, smoke quartz.
 Acer  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Earrings: Acer, 2008.
Gold, silver, enamel.
 Krokodil  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Necklace: Krokodil, 2008.
Gold, silver, enamel.
 Air  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Earrings: Air, 2008.
Gold, silver, enamel.
 Pearl Balls  by Ralph Bakker
Ralph Bakker.
Necklace: Pearl Balls, 2008.
Gold, silver, niello, pearls.