April 18, 2015 – May 31, 2015
Martin Spreng in his workshop
Yellow gold, silver, ebony, Tahitian pearls
From top to bottom:
Lune Aux Saphires Bleu - White gold, sapphires
Décale - Yellow gold
Lune Printemps - White gold, tsavorites
Voie Lactée Grise - White and yellow gold, agate, diamonds
Soleil Automne - Yellow gold, sapphires
White gold, yellow gold, Ethiopian opal, fire opal, rubber cord
Petits Ronds Jaune Rouge, Earrings
Yellow gold, sapphires
Lébène, Cuff Bracelet
Silver, gold, ebony
Photo: Philippe Laurent
Rua Huta, Necklace
Yellow gold, ebony, Tahitian pearls
A formally trained woodworker, Martin Spreng began his career making extraordinary sculptural studio furniture, often using wood with elaborate mechanisms. His furniture group, Xylos, received special commissions from many prestigious institutions, including Cartier, Paris City Hall and the Stuttgart Liederhalle Cultural & Congress Center among others.
Making a decision to work on a more intimate level, Spreng studied metalsmithing at the École Boulle in France. His technical skills and background in furniture making are evident in his highly textured, elegant forms, which often combine wood with metal. These sculptural works are often inlaid with ebony, silver, different color golds, and embellished with semi precious stones.
Spreng chooses stones for their brilliant color; he paints with stones and sculpts with gold and wood. His work is dedicated to fabricating jewelry so it can be worn, transforming itself on the body to become a personal form of expression, hammered, forged, carved or sculpted by hand.