想像的維度 - 國際當代金工與手稿
[im-mà-gi-nà] -The jewellery artists' works and their notebooks
想像的維度 [im-mà-gi-nà] - 國際當代金工與手稿展，展出24位國際當代金工創作者難得一見的創作手稿供翻閱，並與對應的作品相互對照觀看。
[im-mà-gi-nà] showcases the jewelleries/objects made by
contemporary jewellery artists along with their rarely seen notebooks.
The Italian word "Immagina" means "imagine",
coming from Latin imago. By imagination, we mean that particular form of
thought, which does not follow fixed rules or logical links but presents itself
as a free reproduction and processing of the content of sensory experience,
linked to a certain affective state and, often, oriented around a specific
theme. The power of imagination is the driving force behind all creative works.
As Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
When the imagination unfolds in dimensions, artworks start to take shape. Through creators giving materials and forms to the imagination, many great artworks and designs were born. As artists create mental images in their mind, the pens and notebooks at hand become the most intuitive and immediate tool to express on paper in sync with the brain. German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys said, "Drawing is the first visible form in my works... the changing point from the invisible powers to the visible thing." On these manuscripts, we could find a range of ideas, notes, choices, annotations, inspirations, and languages that are depositories of the design process: an ideational phase, the refinement of the concept, the verification, and correction during the course of work. The manuscript records the imagination, and also allows the viewer to read the hands and brain at work. The quality of authenticity, readability, privateness, randomness of the manuscript protrudes its special value in this era of digital copy paste and image overflow.
[im-mà-gi-nà] takes the audience "behind the scene," some steps before the finished/polished work, to understand not only the way of working of the artists but even more important, of thinking. Just as looking at a marble sculpture before it is smoothed off gives us the opportunity to see how and where the chisel has been used. Seeing the notebooks/sketchbooks together with the finished works allow us to understand the why and how of the artists' imagination.
"Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School", the co-organizer of the event, was established in 1998 in Florence, Italy. Over the 22 years, Alchimia has developed into one of the leading contemporary jewellery school in Europe. By inheriting the Italian tradition of craftsmanship and working closely with many contemporary masters, the school has guided many international artists to create outstanding innovative works. The 24 creators in this exhibition include the school's prominent international teachers and graduates. By bringing the otherwise private manuscripts under the spotlight displayed in parallel with the works, we hope to bring a better appreciation of the ins and outs of the creative process: from invisible to tangible, abstract to concrete, concept to practice and to highlight the multi-faceted creative approaches of contemporary jewellery and metalworking.