Sevan Biçakçi presents Fossils of Tomorrow by Ali Alizadeh
Iranian sculptor Ali Alizadeh’s Curio installation reveals glimpses of rusted craft tools, highlighting the growing irrelevance of manmade objects in today’s ever-increasingly technological world. The work features a concrete “fossil” atop a base. The lower section of the fossil block reveals dozens of jewelry making tools, while several of Sevan Biçakçi’s most elaborate and intricate pieces are displayed on top of the block behind magnifying glasses that protrude from the fossil itself. A protective glass top completes the installation.
In a similar fashion to the monoliths of Stanley Kubrick’s fi lm 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alizadeh’s fossil blocks are meant to inspire humankind toward progress. Ironically, this progress may give way to a time when artists will no longer be the creators of sophisticated jewelry, and may actually result in the artist and his craft becoming entombed like the tools in Alizadeh’s blocks. A time may come when the promise of a “better” world may actually render humans obsolete. Biçakçi’s outstanding jewels and Alizadeh’s concept seek to draw connections among craft, technological advancement, and the inevitable.
Sevan Biçakçi stands out for his extremely labor-intensive approach to jewelry making. He is known for his bold and unique designs, which can only be created by using a number of challenging and ancient craft techniques; many of his pieces take more than one year to complete. A portion of Biçakçi’s Istanbul workshop is dedicated to the exploration and development of new craft techniques, and he creates his jeweled masterpieces through collaboration with a group of exceptionally skilled artisans, including painters, sculptors, glass makers, mosaicists, and calligraphers.