As a modern day silversmith, Hiroshi Suzuki creates
silver vessels using only a hammer and his significant muscles.
Sheets of silver are given waves, creases, rivulets, ripples and curves to
create a “fluent expression of nature”. As if formed out of air, an
effortless, almost organic impression is given. No mean feat – given the
nature of the material.
The 80 pieces
in the show at Goldsmiths Hall are created with a sensitive spontaneity as
Suzuki believes planning to be utterly restrictive. Indeed, the world of silversmiths
has never seen anything like the skill and enormity of these remarkable vessels
made by hand. Born
in Japan, Suzuki studied silver-smithing at Tokyo University, before moving to
London to complete an MA at the Royal College of Art in 1999. His student days indicated a taste of
things to come. Pieces with the occasional
ripple and wave that have now become to define his latter day work.
Whilst appearing remarkably fluid in design, his work invokes a
sense of timelessness and beauty.
It is clear
that the elements play on Suzuki’s sub-conscious: pieces with names
such as “Aqua-Poesy VII”, and “Ayawind II”, (both featuring in the
Goldsmiths’ Company’s collection), as well as “M-Fire IV” and “Earth II”
divulge his inspiration.
befits a collectors dream. Such is his prominence that he has works
in 27 major public collections across the world – including the
V&A in London and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Rosemary
Ransome Wallis, Curator Collections at Goldsmiths’ Hall, confirms his
reputation: “I was immediately struck by the dynamic presence of
his work. His subsequent success and considerable contribution
to contemporary silver is that ultimately it is Hiroshi’s poetry which
defines his work. Working within the Japanese tradition of the
spirituality of natural elements such as wind, fire and water, Hiroshi makes
these abstractions accessible to Western eyes through his
sculptural approach to his vessels.”
exhibition, which is open to the public free of charge, runs from Monday
February 8 to Saturday March 6, 2010 at the Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane,
London EC2V 6BN.
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