We can say that the work of Peter Bauhuis, teacher at Alchimia since 2008, fits perfectly in the concept of the gallery.
“At Platina you will find gossiping jewellery that tells truths and untruths, gorgeous jewellery that fascinates, annoys and tickles, protesting jewellery, storytelling, chanting and enchanting jewellery.”
Peter Bauhuis’ jewellery tells truths and untruths and tickles.
“Outis”, ancient greek word meaning “nobody”, could be easily mixed up with “outies”, contemporary slang word with a totally different meaning, and maybe it is exactly this tickle that Peter is searching for.
Many artists, writers have used the name Outis as their pseudonym, and the word appears often in contemporary music or theater. In Luciano Berio’s music drama “Outis” tells the following lines:
hör dich ein
mit dem Mund.
Nobody, no man
What kind of name is that for a line of brooches? Is this modesty to the point of self-denial? Or is it an answer? It was certainly the perfect rejoinder in the Iliad, when the monstrous Polyphemos, one-eyed and clueless, asked who goes there in his cave. “Outis,” said Odysseus, cunningly punning on his name, which happened to sound so much like the ancient Greek word for nobody. Or does it mean the brooch makes its wearer a nobody? Or somebody unlike anybody else? An utterly unique individual? When Polyphemos devoured Odysseus’ comrades, Odysseus put out the giant’s eye. “Nobody, my friends, is trying to kill me,” cried the terrible mouth that had eaten the men. Odysseus had just shown him what a nobody could do. My parents had a shop. Customers and strangers usually entered it with a greeting. To distinguish family members and employees, they were required to call out “it’s nobody” loud and clear when setting foot into the door. Somebody is behind every Outis. All the more so when that somebody pins on Outis.
Opening 11th of October
Open hours Tuesday – Friday 11-18, Saturday 11-15
In conjunction with the exhibition “Outis” at Platina, Peter Bauhuis shows corpus work “Simultanea” in Nutida Svenskt Silver, Arsenalsgatan 3, Stockholm, with the opening Saturday, 15th October, 12-16