Gallery Loupe is proud to present A Fine Line, comprising jewelry and drawings by German artist Doris Betz. In addition to new works, A Fine Line will include pieces from Doris Betz: Jewellery and Drawings, her recent solo exhibition at the Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein München.
Betz’s organic oeuvre is informed by vegetation – flowers, fruits, plants, and pods. Clusters of tiny blackened silver, quartz or ceramic beads recall seeds in several of her elongated pendants; small buds festoon a necklace of tombac, silver, and gold. Moths and butterflies appear to have flown onto stick pins, their wings formed from cast off bits of silver that Betz had formerly rejected but infused with new life by squeezing them through a press.
Billowing lines underpin all of Betz’s work. Whether derived from hanging tendrils, interlacing foliage or undulating scrolls, the graceful rhythm of the arabesque permeates all she makes. Her jewelry may, in fact, be viewed as drawings rendered in three dimensions – lines forged from thin wire or narrow ribbons of silver – often chemically patinated or colored with lacquer. Minute metal spirals form loops, nests, and knots that result in curvilinear bracelets and necklaces; calligraphic twists of silver form rings. Though they possess a strong theoretical foundation, Betz’s jewels, nonetheless, adorn the body with élan.
Betz holds a graduate degree (1996) from the famed Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, where she studied with both Hermann Jünger and Otto Künzli. From 2006-2009 she was Otto Künzli’s assistant in the program. She has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, most recently Schmuck und Zeichnung (Jewellery and drawings), Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein München, Germany (2017), and participated in numerous group shows including Private Confessions: Drawing and Jewellery, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands (2016) and Villa Stuck, Munich (2017). Other Munich exhibitions include Lack, Galerie Handwerk (2015); Schmuck, Internationale Handwerksmesse (2012, 2010 and 1996); and Micromegas, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein (2001).
Betz received the prestigious Bayerischer Staatspreis in 2010 and Herbert Hofmann-preiss in 1996. Her work is in the collections of Die Neue Sammlung (The Design Museum), Munich; MUDAC (Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains), Lausanne, Switzerland; Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; The Mint Museum of Art and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina; and Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. She is the subject of a 2017 monograph published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart, Germany.