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Hearts & Holes by Peter Bauhuis

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The necklaces and brooches remind of pebbles found on the beach. Yet we learn: their title is hearts. Peter Bauhuis plays with our expectations and he gives a hint to look closer. If you turn the pieces you will discover a whole little world on the back. A system of veins and a multitude of possibilities how to connect inside and outside is unveiled.


orifice |ˈôrəfis| noun, an opening, as of a pipe or tube, or one in the body, such as a nostril or the anus. ORIGIN: late Middle English : from French, from late Latin orificium, from os,or- ‘mouth’ + facere ‘make.’
orifice, Brooches 2010/2011 by Peter Bauhuis, cast in the lost wax method

orefice {m} jeweller, goldsmith , from latin gold + make
Synonyms (italian) for "orefice": gioielliere, negoziante di preziosi, orafo, orologiaio


"The strangest thing about a hole is its edge. It's still part of the Something, but it constantly overlooks the Nothing -- a border guard of matter. Nothingness has no such guard; while the molecules at the edge of a hole get dizzy because they are staring into a hole, the molecules of the hole get... firmy? There's no word for it. For our language was created by the Something people; the Hole people speak a language of their own."

                                                                                                                                                          Kurt Tucholsky, "The Social Psychology of Holes," 1931

Holes are crucial. We live from, through, out of holes, holes to breath, holes to spit, holes to look out, holes to peep in, holes to pour in and out, pin holes, peep holes, black holes. In

his work Peter Bauhuis examines topological questions. Hollow shapes need at least one hole. It is the threshold between inside and outside. What happens on its edge? What is surface? what is content?



***Peter Bauhuis was born in Germany and lives and works in Munich. Being trained as a jeweller, Peter studied at the Munich Academy for Fine Arts and finished with the prestigious title “Meisterschüler”. Since 1999 he showed his work in exhibitions worldwide and won numerous awards and prizes, ultimately in 2013 the highly esteemed prize of International Silver Triennial in Hanau, Germany. His work can been seen in public collections in Europe, the USA and Australia. For 10 years Peter taught at Alchimia, Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy. He is a much sought-after guest professor and lecturer in universities and institutions around the world.

His work consists of jewellery and objects. But a lot of his oeuvre is not limited to these genres. He conceives exhibitions challenging the beholder as both exhibit and exhibition concept are autonomous art work. Also his numerous books must be seen as independent art productions and are part of a network of making and its perception.