contemporary
jewellery & ceramics
The Matter Myth - May 23-June 21 (part 2)

The Matter Myth follows the path of nine young Hong Kong talents and their education over the years. They are unafraid to tackle philosophical matters and are accustomed to taking an academic approach to find words to describe or place their work in a historical or broader context. Each views their jewellery as art objects and hopes to convince others likewise. The title Matter Myth refers to the amazing balance every artist tries to find between the concept and the material used to tell the story. They reach beyond the small things of daily life, and find the myth inside events. The grounded skills you need to be able to use the best selection of materials and techniques to express your myth and meaning  that balance shows your talent and ability to be an artist.

Wong Ka Yee - Circulation
Silver, Procelain, stainless steel  

Harmony and peace are crucial cultural essences of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The ceremony is not held only for pleasure obtaining, but also for relaxing. In addition, the Japanese Tea Ceremony embodies the telepathy between the host and the guests. For the host, they have the motion to provide the very best to the guests by emphasising on every step of the ceremony. In return, the turning half of tea bowl showed the guests' respect, thanksgiving and gratitude to the host. Simultaneously, the guests could appreciate the beauty of wabi-sabi of the tea bowl. All the above demonstrate how they value the whole ceremony.

Wong Tsz Wai - Pinch
Mixed clay

Battle Fish blows air bubbles inside the water to construct bubble nests, inspired by this, I pinched clay to create a collection of rings that belonged to myself. The series of ‘Pinch’ is an experimental project of constructing unique forms by the action of pinching. I also mixed different types of clay to give various textures and colours to the final pieces.

Yu Tin Oi - Mind of child
Sterling silver, rice paper, cotton (the small pieces without cotton)

‘I always prospect of a childhood life. Especially, when I came across in this society, it is sheer hypocrisy for adult who pretend to have better moral principles than they actually do. Therefore, most of adult is losing their human nature but child is totally opposite, they are with complete personality, so that can be referring to “Real Human Being”.’Mr.Feung ZikAi said. Appreciating children’s mind as distinct as a white paper sheet. They embrace boundless imagination with enthusiasm and curiosity. They would not restricted by natural world and human society.

The Matter Myth - May 23-June 21 (part 1)

The Matter Myth follows the path of nine young Hong Kong talents and their education over the years. They are unafraid to tackle philosophical matters and are accustomed to taking an academic approach to find words to describe or place their work in a historical or broader context. Each views their jewellery as art objects and hopes to convince others likewise. The title Matter Myth refers to the amazing balance every artist tries to find between the concept and the material used to tell the story. They reach beyond the small things of daily life, and find the myth inside events. The grounded skills you need to be able to use the best selection of materials and techniques to express your myth and meaning that balance shows your talent and ability to be an artist.

Chan Yin Ni janet - De-
Silver , Charcoal

Chinese tea ceremony value the essence of virtue as well as humanity. It is regarded to leisure and comfort, more importantly, spiritual enlightenment. The procedures of the ceremony leads the audiences to calm down - with combination of the fragrance and the hands’ movement, people would abandon all of the confusion and worldly things, and return to the state of simplicity. Savouring tea is not only about drinking, but also ritual of life, and spiritual need.

Cheng Nga Man - Moon
Silver, pearls

The collection of rings is inspired by the moon. Information regarding to its reflection, lunar eclipse and photographs of moon using time-lapse technique are the focus of researching. The common ground of the above is they all rely on light changes, and have dynamic movements. It is the guidance of the following design process. Pearls are used to imitate the luster of moon and each ring has its own movement path which is the reproduction of the moon’s movement.

Hui Pek U - Wax & Wane
Ceramic, silver, stainless steel

Defect is not a symbol of imperfection, it just depends on whether we appreciate the beauty of it. Things with defect are more realistic, and they are the inspiration and motivation for human to pursue perfection so defect has a deeper positive meaning compared to perfection. There are possibilities to make the defect become attractive. I would not cover flaws up, and hope the viewers could appreciate the beauty of imperfection.

Kan Shuk Yan - Commitment
Silver, stainless steel / copper,lacquer, stainless steel

Every gesture has different meaning. It plays an important role in communication as it can replace words. It even has the power of encouragement. The gesture of commitment (pinky promise) is two people holding their little finger together and pressing the thumbs against each other. It is an expression of love, even without saying so, which is very meaningful. Therefore, a collection of brooches inspired by this commitment gesture is designed, reminding people to cherish every opportunity getting along with people they love.

KoNgaChing - In(ter)-dependence
Silver, acrylic  

In Chinese society, the whole family sits together and share food while dining. Dishes with fish are often served. Intendedly, the softest and tasty flesh is always given to elderly or children, while spiny parts, tail or head of the fish are for oneself. It fully embodies the Chinese famous phrase ‘respect for the old, cherish for the young’. The action of caring, respecting as well as protecting connected the family members.

Pang Sze Man - Attached
Stainless steel

Feathers of birds formed a insulating layer to maintain body temperature and protected the skin. They are also being the important structural parts of the birds' flight. In addition, its colors and markings is protective coloration.

Yet feathers are much more than functional parts, with its various colors, patterns and textures, feathers happened to be clothing and ornament at the same time. For bird it is matter of pride; for me it is matter of aesthetics. Refer to the technique of paper sculpting; I have obtained inspiration to reproduce the feathers’ layering. Those small components are meaningless individuals until I linked them together. The repetition created rhythm, as well as convenience for adjustment.

 

 

Ubi Topyoung15

Open Call

graduation show for contemporary Asian jewellery

deadline 26 June 2015

exhibition 22 Aug  - 22 Sept 2015

 

more info:

www.ubigallery/news

topyoung@ubigallery.com

 

Sang Hyuk Yoon

Sang Hyuk Yoon is awarded as one of the big upcoming talents in the ceramic field of Korea. His work is presented in the Museum of Modern Art and attracted a lot of attention. He works with mixed clay and reduction fired process, that means with less oxygen in the kiln, to affect the clay and glaze. Working on the texture of the clay is his main focus. By stacking layers of clay and tearing small pieces out he plays with the landscape of the texture. The composition has a certain spontaneity, but the harmony and beautiful touch is intentionally. He creates sets of bowls and cups in beautiful earth tones, with mysteriously inlay patterns. The pieces are glazed from the inside and matt at the outside. The weight and size are practical and elegant at the same time. All pieces are microwave, dishwasher and oven safe.

We have just recently added his work to the Ubi Collection and you can find the unique and handmade pieces not only in the gallery, but also online in our Weshop and Taobao shop.

March 28 - April 26 2015
Momentum

Spring season in Ubi Gallery starts with an exhibition of three jewellery artists from Beijing. Song Xinzi, Lu Yi and Zhao XiaoMu are all alumni from the jewellery department of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. This institute is known for its focus on exploration of material and the interaction between art and technology.

Song Xinzi works mainly with silicone and has been trying to get to know the ins and outs of this material. She has been successful in creating innovative forms and textures with this material. By the repetition of simple elements she turns complex patterns and structures into colourful jewellery, bowls, vases and objects.

Her new series of jewellery evolves from the traditional Chinese knot. She attempts to give this very well known traditional symbol a contemporary approach by using industrial silicone tubes and appealing colour mixtures, which are created with liquid silicone. This also offers a fascinating extra touch to her work. For her new series of tableware she was inspired by deep-sea creatures while trying to resemble their boneless body structures. She knows exactly how to capture the liquid material into the right shape creating just the right balance between form and function.

Lu Yi is part of the first generation of jewellery artists graduating from BIFT. She uses the traditional Chinese technique of cloisonné and applies traditional material. She solders thin silver strips on a silver base, to confine space, ready to be filled with the most amazing colours of glass powder that create the enamel. Lu Yi is a master in design beautiful objects with a perfect choice of colours while using the difficult technique of enamelling. Her bird series brings out the best optical effects and long lasting colours. The objects present birds in general, not specific species. She is able to capture animals in a resting position, before they fly out or start their songs.

Zhao XiaoMu grew up in a traditional Beijing setting, in a hutong, surrounded by family and extended family members. As an adult she adjusted to the contemporary housing setting and now has been evaluating her own upbringing in her work. To her the house itself reflects the vivid memories of her family and their connection and interaction. For this new series of work, Zhao XiaoMu asked female friends to reflect on their valuation of home. She translated these answers into beautiful spiritual statements, like ‘Home is the place where I can embrace my shadow’. The other part of her new collection is called ‘Moments’. These are Xiaomu’s own reflections on the special moments in life.

2-22 of March 2015 | 48 Liangmaqiao Road Beijing
Dutch Design Pop Up at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Dutch design is world famous. Known for its design with a twist; it is adventurous, singular and well thought-out. In the temporary retail space Dutch Design, set at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing you will have an opportunity to engage with Dutch Design in different facets; stylish footwear, refined home accessories and refreshing furniture!

During the month of March you will find a great selection of the exclusive and creative shoes of O’Quirey. O’Quirey is synonymous with style, quality, comfort and creativity. It is not without a reason that O’Quirey is the first brand in the world selling quality dress shoes in all imaginable colours, including matching belts. O’Quirey shoes are designed by the Dutch brand founder Jan Palmen and are made by hand, using the finest European leathers.

To celebrate the start of the new season, Ubi Gallery has put together a selection of the best Dutch designs to highlight creative flower arrangements. On the different tables you will find stylish handmade glasses, bowls, vases and cups. For this exhibition Ubi Gallery collaborated with the famous brand Droog Design.

The pop-up will also present the Mazha folding stools by Studio Henny van Nistelrooy. Based on the traditional Chinese folding stool they have made a contemporary version in a vibrant exploration of pattern and color. Combining traditional furniture with contemporary design makes for an attractive interior accessory.