ALEXANDRA BAHLMANN – FELIX LINDNER
ALEXANDRA BAHLMANN The necklace and the earrings have oval bodies in common, which are made of gray and white glittering moonstone beads. Above, below, and in the middle they are held and divided by delicate silver oval frames. The frames of the necklace float movably on sheet metal strips; the ones of the earrings hang under larger oval bodies with light purple and orange transverse sides.
Both works deal with volume, lightness, and transparency.
“My jewelry is always modular. Often the resulting elements or complexes are repeated and rhythmized, whereby their meaning can be emphasized or relativized. Sometimes signs are created that are symbolically charged, sometimes just shapes that serve the function, e.g., mobility, sometimes shapes become signs. Sometimes they are covered with colors, e.g., gemstone beads, which reinforce associations, sometimes just decorate. In the ambiguity of my work there is a commitment to reflected superficiality.”
Born in 1961 in Düsseldorf. Goldsmith apprenticeship in Düsseldorf. Studied at the art academies in Amsterdam and Munich. For several years guest lecturer at universities in Germany and abroad. Lives in Munich.
Felix Lindner A work about materials and surfaces. Starting point for the bracelets home sweet home are finds, parts of toys, all of which imitate a material structure and have a smooth, colored side. The sequence of sections of these plastic surfaces make up a bracelet. A filing structure alienates the material from its original purpose. In this way, the front is experienced as a rhythm of abstract, colored surfaces. On the inside one can see imitations of structures such as roof tiles, stonework, or wooden planks. This depiction amuses me and makes me grin – a winking I want to share with the person who wears the bracelet. Matching the origin of the materials, the segments are connected with oversized silver hinges. Plastic pins allow the parts to fit and move perfectly. Plastic isn’t just problematic. Plastic is also a fabric with amazing qualities and color possibilities!
“Felix Lindner’s work is determined by an uncompromising approach to materials and their possible combinations. Often an already existing object – searched for or found – is the starting point for a new piece. Technical ingenuity for art is used by Felix Lindner to achieve the desired result.” Ward Schrijver.
Comic strips of the 20th century, industrial design and the virtuosity of old masters are among Felix Lindner’s numerous sources of inspiration. With clearly defined shapes and colors, he creates jewelry that does not reveal its secrets at first glance. In a complex process, everyday objects are integrated into a minimalist design language: they are turned into pieces of jewelry.
Born 1973 in Erfurt, Goldsmith apprenticeship with R. Lindner, then internship with a goldsmith in France, from 1995 studies in Amsterdam, Rietveld Academie, from 1998 to 2003 Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Prof. Otto Künzli.