David Huycke, ‘Silent Piece #1 and Silent Piece #2’, Caroline Van Hoek

Right side: 24 cm h x 25 cm diameter; left side: 28 cm h x 16 cm diameter

David Huycke recently started with a new project called ‘The Silent Object’, where he investigates the possibilities on how to materialize the intangible and immaterial concept of silence. The project was kicked of with the creation of two new objects Silent Piece #1 and Silent Piece #2, two empty silver containers closed with a lid. Both the lids have the shape and surface tension as if they are liquids and apparently fill the container until the edge. Breaking the silence would give the impulse to the liquid to move and run over the edge. The metaphor where the content is the lid and the lid is the content evokes reflections on functionality and shows the contemporary relevance of polished silver.

About David Huycke

Known for his granulated vessels, Belgian silversmith David Huycke appropriates a Bronze Age process and uses it to hyper-contemporary effect. Granulation, the ancient technique of invisibly soldering minute metal balls to a base, has been used as decoration for centuries. But in Huycke’s hands—and with industrial finishes—the surface treatment becomes the form itself, and in turn looks less baroque than it does biological. His tiny, bead-like spheres appear like cells under a microscope, regenerating fractally. Historically, granulation has been considered one of the hardest goldsmithing methods to master; and indeed it took Huycke half a decade to perfect.

Belgian, b. 1967, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, based in Hasselt/Genk, Belgium