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Johannes KUHNEN

Essen, Germany born 1952

  • to Australia 1981

Centrepiece/Tray 1998 Description: Tray
Place made: Michelago, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, trays, anodised aluminium, silver, monel: fabricated

Dimensions: 5.0 h x 32.0 w x 48.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.8

In his work as a jeweller, object maker and photographer, Johannes Kuhnen is engaged with the interpretation and manipulation of a precise visual language of forms. The dramatic curvilinear shape of this centrepiece has been designed to emphasise the particular visual qualities of its materials and to fulfil its role as a low, but commanding central presence on a table. The vivid, iridescent colour of its anodised aluminium rim is designed to interact with differing light conditions, while the technical and precious qualities of its monel and silver elements play against each other. This orchestration of metals is underpinned with an unseen but precise and ingenious inner structure, giving this object weight and functional strength.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra