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Title: Untitled Portrait
PerformerPerformer : HUYCKE, David
Keywords: granulation
contemporary craft
silver
Issue Date: 2013
Start Date: 2013
Review Discipline: beeldende kunsten
Research Context: 1/ The object is created within a Universiteit Hasselt researchproject 'Silent Objects'. 2/ The object 'Untitled Portrait' is a further development within the research towards the expressive potential of traditional techniques and media, more specific the contemporary relevance of granulation, considered one of the most magical ornamental techniques in the history of goldsmithing. (cf. doctoral thesis 'Huycke, D., 2010, The Metamorphic Ornament: Re-Thinking Granulation. Een onderzoek naar de transformatiemogelijkheden van granulatie naar sculpturaal zilverwerk. Doctoraat in de Beeldende Kunst, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universiteit Hasselt, 2005-2010 (defense 24/09/2010, Z33 Hasselt)) Abstract: Rather than the actual technique of granulation itself, which is the starting point and source of inspiration, the main content of research is the process of transformation, whereby techniques and concepts from one discipline, the art of goldsmithing are implemented in another discipline, sculptural silversmithing. Since the moment of its conception granulation has been found in jewelry as a surface application and has rarely been used for structural purposes. From this knowledge the first point of departure emerged, which explores the possibilities of structural granulation in sculptural silverwork. From this perspective the granule - the original ornament - loses its primary, decorative function of pure visual pleasure and shifts into the essential building material of the object. Granulation becomes the texture, the structure as well as the architectural support of the work. Alongside this rather technical inquiry, a second, more conceptual starting point arose in which the expressive potential of granulation was explored. In this context granulation evolves from a decorative or constructive technique into subject matter and concept, reaching beyond the technical applications of the process towards a more poetic dimension.
Description: 'Untitled Portrait' is a sculptural object build up with more than 30.000 silver granules. Granulation is in this object not used as a decorative technique, instead the granules are used to build the object. The antropomorphic form of the object and the chaotic configuration by which the granules are fused, enhances the relations with nature and the human body.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/20171
Category: AOR
Type: Artistic/designerly creation
Appears in Collections: Artistic/designerly creations

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