I meet Alexander Blank at the Hnoss gallery and I really like him and his art, the fantastic animal was really light weight and I have the opportunity to hold one of them in my hand, just to feel it, they was a little bite bigger then I expect but that makes them even better.
If I had the money I had absolutely bought one of this amazing black animal heads, they are so filled with attitude and it had been nice to be the owner of one of these creatures, also very funny to wear it and hear the comments from others, this is absolutely “talk about” jewellery.
The plastic shield was also amazing, they change look depending the fabrics you add them at, it’s done very clever.
I’m weak for animal in art, may be that is one of all the reasons I use animal by myself in art?! It’s booth very funny, double and serious to tell a story using animals in art.
The German jewellery artist Alexander Blanks duplicitous jewellery is humorous with a serious undertone, and highlights various phenomena of our times. On Gallery Hnoss we have the honour to show three series of brooches: Evil Ed & Friends, Shields, and Tank.
Evil Ed & Friends consists of 13 personal fantasies in the form of animal heads carved out of rigid foam. These animals that to their nature is considered to be relatively harmless have an hidden agenda that is anything but pleasant. They are all individuals and exude different emotions, but the frog Evil Ed is the only one who has eyes to see. He is the obvious protagonist of this collection of mischievous trophies.
Shields are a commentary on the relationship between lifestyles and brands. The brooches are formed as transparent shields, and allude to a common type of family arms, dating back to medieval times. Based on these emblems Alexander Blank wants to highlight the problems behind the commercialization of the modern human identity. The lifestyle you can buy and the brands you can hide behind.
Tank series consists of tanks in miniature, dressed in a floral cotton fabric. The fabric is typical for a certain type of bed linen and symbolizes the security of home in contrast to the obvious symbol of war that is the tank. The brooches illustrate the ambiguity in the fact that the privileged world today primarily experiences war in a sofa in front of the TV.