CELINE CÉSAR COMPRESSION PROJECT

July 11, 2020

CELINE CÉSAR COMPRESSION PROJECT IS THE FIRST ACT OF THE CELINE ARTIST JEWELLERY PROGRAM. A LONG LIST OF EXCLUSIVE EDITIONS AND CREATIONS OF ARTIST JEWELLERY TO BE REVEALED.

A  NUMBERED  AND  LIMITED  EDITION  OF  100  VERMEIL  AND  100  SILVER  PIECES,  EDITED  BY  CELINE  IN COLLABORATION  WITH  THE  FONDATION CÉSAR. THE FIRST “DIRECTED COMPRESSIONS” WERE CREATED BY THE SCULPTOR CÉSAR IN 1959.

THE JEWELLERY IS PRESENTED IN A SIMPLE AND ARTISANAL PINE BOX, HOT-STAMPED WITH THE ARTIST’S SIGNATURE. THE COMPRESSION HAS A DUAL IDENTITY AS A PIECE OF JEWELLERY AND AN OBJECT OF ART; EQUALLY ITS CONTAINER, BOTH A UTILITARIAN BOX AND A PEDESTAL FOR ITS CONTENTS. LIMITED-EDITION SERIES OF JEWELLERY PIECES IN SILVER AND VERMEIL.

BEGINNING WITH SMALL-SCALE FORMS, THE SCULPTURES WERE INITIALLY MADE FROM SOLDERED AND WELDED METALLIC OBJECTS AND SCRAP METALS SUCH AS PIPING AND LICENSE PLATES. HE OFTEN COLLECTED AND USED FOUND OBJECTS AND MATERIALS TO MAKE HIS SCULPTURES. THE IDEA OF COMPRESSING FORM CAME TO CÉSAR THE YEAR BEFORE WHILST VISITING A SCRAP MERCHANT IN SEARCH OF METAL. HERE HE SAW A LARGE-SCALE HYDRAULIC CRUSHING MACHINE IN ACTION AND DECIDED TO EXPERIMENT WITH IT FOR SCULPTURES.

RECYCLING WAS ALWAYS USED WITHIN HIS COMPRESSION WORK. VERY QUICKLY, THESE SCULPTURES TOOK ON LARGE SCALE PROPORTIONS. THE HYDRAULIC PRESS ENABLED CESAR TO CREATE HIS NOW RENOWNED CAR COMPRESSIONS, TRANSFORMING AN EVERYDAY OBJECT INTO A MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE. THIS MECHANICAL ACTION, AN ALMOST INDUSTRIAL PROCESS, PLAYS UPON THE PERCEIVED FUNCTION OF THE OBJECT, A NEW ERA OF “READY-MADE”. THIS TECHNIQUE, WHICH CÉSAR CALLED “DEMYSTIFICATION”, TAKES ON A NEW FORM WHEN HE STARTS TO COMPRESS JEWELLERY.IN 1971, CÉSAR S TARTED TO COLLECT OLD JEWELLERY FROM HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY – PIECES OF SENTIMENTAL VALUE, FAMILY HEIRLOOMS. COMPRESSED, THESE TAKE ON A TOTEMIC FORM, BECOMING A SYMBOLIC PENDANT HUNG ON A LEATHER CORD OR CHAIN.

A RETRACTABLE HOOK ENABLES THE PENDANT TO BE PERCEIVED AS NOT ONLY A PIECE OF JEWELLERY BUT ALSO A STAND-ALONE SCULPTURE.

FOR THE COLLABORATION; THE JEWELLERY IS PRESENTED IN A SIMPLE AND ARTISANAL PINE BOX, HOT-STAMPED WITH THE ARTIST’S SIGNATURE. THE COMPRESSION HAS A DUAL IDENTITY AS A PIECE OF JEWELLERY AND AN OBJECT OF ART; EQUALLY ITS CONTAINER, BOTH A UTILITARIAN BOX AND A PEDESTAL FOR ITS CONTENTS.

IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE HELD AND RENDERED PERSONAL BY ITS EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL WEIGHT. THROUGH THIS TACTILE MANIPULATION, IT BECOMES A TALISMAN OF STRENGTH AND REASSURANCE, REGARDLESS OF GENDER.

THIS SPIRIT IS REFLECTED IN THE ORIGINAL CELINE WOMAN, WHOSE SILHOUETTE AND ATTITUDE STEMMED FRO M PARIS IN THE 1970S. BOTH CELINE AND CÉSAR’S STORIES PAY HOMAGE TO THE MEMORY AND THE FAMILIARITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL.

THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE MAISON CELINE AND THE FONDATION CÉSAR OFFERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECONNECT WITH THIS ARTISTIC JOURNEY VIA THE FABRICATION OF A LIMITED-EDITION SERIES OF JEWELLERY PIECES IN SILVER AND VERMEIL. EACH IS INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED AND PRESENTED IN A BOX STAMPED WITH THE SIGNATURE OF THE ARTIST.

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AVAILABLE FOR WOMEN AND MEN IN SELECTED STORES FROM JULY 3RD :

PARIS MONTAIGNE

MILAN VIA MONTENAPOLEONE

LONDON NEW BOND STREET

NEW YORK MADISON

BEVERLY HILLS RODEO DRIVE

TOKYO OMOTESANDO

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