Admiring: Friedlich and Kessler

12 07 2013

A long time ago – when I wrote my ‘Admiring: Speckner and Britton‘ post – I thought another two makers whose aesthetic (in my mind) connects and in some ways sympathizes with each other.

The two: Donald Friedlich and Beppe Kessler.

I was introduced to Friedlich‘s work many years ago, and made him the subject of one of my university assignments. What resonates most with me is the simplicity of the forms, and cleanness of the lines – I’m not one for fussy. There is an allowance for organic lines and materials, though there is restraint and a quietness, and a firm imposition of linearity.

Donald Friedlich; Aqua Series; photograph used with artist permission; click to go through to original source

Donald Friedlich; Aqua Series; photograph used with artist permission

Beppe Kessler; Brooch: Ocan of Time 2008; image from Klimt02, used with permission; click on image for source

Beppe Kessler; Brooch: Ocan of Time 2008; image from Klimt02, used with permission; click on image for source

I first saw Kessler‘s pieces in the “Schmuck” exhibition that was in Melbourne in 2009 [see my many stories; but she’s mentioned in this one]. In much of her work I see the linear elements I love, the order and quietness and restraint. In fact, it’s not just the linearity, but their presence within (often) non-linear forms.

Beppe Kessler, Brooch: what time-2 2008; image from Klimt02, used with permission, click on image for source

Beppe Kessler, Brooch: what time-2 2008; image from Klimt02, used with permission, click on image for source

Donald Friedlich, Erosion Series; image used with artist permission; not to be reproduced without artist permission

Donald Friedlich, Erosion Series; image used with artist permission; not to be reproduced without artist permission

For more Donald Friedlich’s work, see his website.
For more Beppe Kessler, see her website and Klimt02 page.

Donald Friedlich, Erosion Series; image used with artist permission; click to see original source

Donald Friedlich, Erosion Series; image used with artist permission

Beppe Kessler; Brooch: Up and down 2007; image from Klimt02, used with permission; click on image for source

Beppe Kessler; Brooch: Up and down 2007; image from Klimt02, used with permission; click on image for source

Do you see similarities in their work? What do you think?


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