Solo Exhibition Robert Baines

Baines, R 2004, Solo Exhibition Robert Baines, (Creative Work : Visual art).

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Title Solo Exhibition Robert Baines
Author(s) Baines, R
Year 2004
Type of work Visual art
Outlet Entdecker der antiken Goldschmiedetechnik, Munich, Germany
Dates 22 April - 13 June, 2004
Medium gold research samples, one contemporary jewellery piece.
Size/Duration 14 gold samples, 30 photographs
Summary "1. In correspondence to the Fulbright Review committee on this subject Dr. Barbara Deppert-Lippitz wrote, ""His (Baines) articles on the gold cylinders from Praeneste, published in 1992 and 1993, have set a completely new standard in the scientific as well as in the art historical analysis of ancient jewellery. For about 30 years most of the research on ancient goldsmithing techniques has been quite repetitive. Mr. Baines' work was the only remarkable exception. His approach lead to the discovery that in ancient goldwork stylistic features are often the result of technical necessities""(05-09-1995). Dr. Joan Mertens, curator of the Greek and Roman Department of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, wrote ""To my knowledge, Mr. Baines is the only person who is focussing specifically on the process of construction of ancient jewellery and the degree to which technical factors determine the appearance of the finished object.

Exhibition of Robert Baines scientific research was in three parts: Historical, Research, Contemporary:
1. Historical - works from Antikensammlung Etruscan and Greek gold collection.
2.Scientific research - gold research samples (mainly from Greek and Roman, and Egyptian Departments from the MMA in NY), SEM photography, qualitative analysis of surface and sub surface, Drawings.
3.Contemporary interpretation of antique jewellery.
The bracelet with the red wire boxes was acquired in athe highly prestigious collection of the Schmuckmuseum Pfozheim, Germany

The dating of ancient jewellery is given by the archaeological context. Technology applied by the ancient goldsmith is traceable through archaeometallurgy.

Following selection of jewellery types predominantly from the Classical era, observation is made with the microscope to compile working drawings for developing strategies of analysis. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) further identifies manufacturing idiosyncrasies and surface and sub surface analyses of alloys. Endtecker represents Baines' research position as a goldsmith, artist and archaeometallurgist, as he analyses goldsmithing techniques from antiquity, demonstrates amazing craftsmanship in replicating these and contextualises his research to create new contemporary pieces of ornament in the 21st century.

This exhibition, shown in the galleries of ancient Greek and Etruscan gold jewellery was without precedent in showing a living artist researcher in one of the foremost antiquities museums. It brought together three period of intensive research undertaken as part of Senior Research Fellowships at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), (1996 Senior Fulbright Award; 1998 and 2002 Andrew Mellon Conservation Fellowships). The research saw Baines, a practical goldsmith investigate the MMOA collections from an archaeometallurgy perspective using scientific methods to better understand how ancient craftsmen had worked and the materials they had used. This threw new light not only on their work but on the cultural context of historical locations.

In researching jewellery from antiquity Baines studies works at the microscopic level, identifying composition as well with a scanning electron microscope, photography and qualitative analysis of surface and sub-surface. He has adapted what he has found from past masters into his own works giving a contemporary interpretation of antique jewellery forms and materiality.

Dr Joan Mertens, curator,Greek and Roman Department, Metropolitan Museum, New York,""To my knowledge, Mr Baines is the only person who is focussing specifically on the process of construction of ancient jewellery and the degree to which technical factors determine the appearance of the finished object."" (1792 ch)"
Subject Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified
Additional Notes Photographs by Jeremy Dillon.
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