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Maria Rosa Franzin - Brooch. Photo from http://www.alternatives.it

Maria Rosa Franzin - Brooch. Photo from http://www.alternatives.it

The Unbearable Lightness of Gold is the name of the new exhibition held at Alternatives Gallery in Rome, Italy.

Kazumi Nagano from Japan and Maria Rosa Franzin from Italy will be featured in the up-coming exhibition and I can only say “Damn! Why can’t I be in Italy for a few days?”

Anyway… Both artists work with gold and manage to present very delicate and “light” objects of art. I think the gallery’s description says it better than I ever could.

Kazumi Nagano from Tokyo weaves strands of gold thread into voluminous three-dimensional structures. The artist uses different colours of gold to achieve light and shade effects, giving depth to the pieces. The gold thread is combined with nylon thread to create suppleness, rendering her works soft to touch and facilitating interrelation with the human body. Interesting and unexpected results are attained. The different shades of colour refer back to her years of training as an artist, in which time she used the ancient Japanese Nihonga technique in her paintings.

Maria Rosa Franzin from Padua uses tiny specks of fine gold on the surface of white or oxidised silver, and by doing so uses gold as if it were paint that she applies to the surface of the metal in the form of brush strokes or tiny dots. This pictorial approach stems from her background at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice where she trained as a painter. Since the early days, Franzin has made use of gold in a very light, airy and insubstantial manner, almost wanting us to forget the heavy nature of the metal. The gold specks almost become intangible, but at the same time are able to capture the light and show us the beauty of its warm natural colour in contrast to that of the dark or white silver it is lying on.

Maria Rosa Franzin - Photo from http://www.alternatives.it

Maria Rosa Franzin - Photo from http://www.alternatives.it

Maria Rosa Franzin - Brooch. Photo from http://bijoucontemporain.unblog.fr

Maria Rosa Franzin - Brooch. Photo from http://bijoucontemporain.unblog.fr

Maria Rosa Franzin - Brooch. Photo from http://www.agc-it.org

Maria Rosa Franzin - Brooch. Photo from http://www.agc-it.org

Kazumi Nagano - Bracelets. Golden thread. Photo from http://yufuku.exblog.jp

Kazumi Nagano - Bracelets. Golden thread. Photo from http://yufuku.exblog.jp

Kazumi Nagano - Bracelet. Gold, silver, nylon. Photo from http://pinterest.com

Kazumi Nagano - Bracelet. Gold, silver, nylon. Photo from http://pinterest.com

Kazumi Nagano - Bracelets. Gold, silver, nylon. Photo from http://mmrepo.exblog.jp

Kazumi Nagano - Bracelets. Gold, silver, nylon. Photo from http://mmrepo.exblog.jp

Kazumi Nagano - Bracelet. Golden thread. Photo from http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk

Kazumi Nagano - Bracelet. Golden thread. Photo from http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk

Kazumi Nagano - Necklace. Gold, silver. Photo from http://mmrepo.exblog.jp

Kazumi Nagano - Necklace. Gold, silver. Photo from http://mmrepo.exblog.jp

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