contemporary
jewellery & ceramics
Oct 29 - Dec 17 2016
Mia & Mariko

Ubi Gallery is proud to present the exhibition with new work of Mia Kwon(KR/DE) and Mariko Sumioka(JP). Those two artists are both able to connect with materials and themes of the past and create those into wearable contemporary jewellery. With a repetition of shapes, love for material and an eye for details both make their own jewellery. Mia’s work is bold, colourful with a nice reference to fabric and fashion. Mariko’s pieces are more modest, with subtle links to Japanese unique architectural elements. We love to see both of their new work together in one exhibition and invite all of you to join us at the opening or visit us during the weeks to come.

Mariko Sumioka is from Japan and had her education in Scotland, Japan and the United States. Mariko feels inspired by the Japanese unique architectural characteristics; the linear forms and the natural materials and colours. By using patinated copper and enamel, and working with different layers of material, she is able to create the natural materials and textures found in architecture. The fact that people live in buildings and connect with the environment and the construction in a very personal way, is something the artist explores in her own pieces. This interaction is also found in people wearing and others viewing her jewellery. Both are similarly intimate.

Porcelain is often associated with precious tableware and tea sets. With her jewellery Mia Kwon wants to bring this unique elegance of porcelain closer to the people. One important element of her work is to make this precious, care requiring feeling of porcelain wearable. To preserve the unique feel of porcelain, she often use pure white, polished Mont-Blanc porcelain paired with minimal shapes.

In the work she wants to merge this traditional elegance of porcelain with the dynamic characteristics of fabric. Many of the pieces resemble clothing parts like collars and hems and also follow the flexible character of fabric. By attaching these fabric features to porcelain and adding clothing features into jewellery pieces, she aims to blur the borders between these elements and concepts to create an uncommon, contemporary perspective towards porcelain jewellery.

Oct 30 - Dec 30 2016
Henk Wolvers

Henk Wolvers' first solo show in Shanghai will open at AroundSpace Living on October 30, 2016. Henk Wolvers is a ceramicist from the Netherlands with over 30 years of experience working with porcelain. His pieces are characterized by fine lines, elegant graphic shapes and gentle brush strokes. His vessels evoke a strong sense of movement and fluidity.

The exhibition is organized by AroundSpace Living Shanghai and Ubi Gallery Beijing. The show will include signature pieces made by Wolvers in recent years, and offer a comprehensive presentation of the artist's artistic style and trajectory.

AroundSpace Living - Julu Lu crossing Fumin Lu Shanghai

Sept 26 - Oct 21 2016
In the Clouds - Beijing Design Week 2016

At Ubi Gallery you will always find the latest trends in contemporary jewellery and ceramics. For this year’s Beijing Design Week, the gallery will present colourful pieces by a mix of renowned designers from Europe and Asia. Inspired by the photo-sharing culture, Ubi selected designers who work with lenses, photo filters, light and endless clouds and scenes full of inspiration, hope and dreams. They play around with panels of colours, soap bubbles, shades and transparency to ignite your creativity.

In cooperation with: Atelier Murmur (CN), CHP..? (NL), Daisuke Motogi (JP), House of Thol (NL), Jiro Kamata (JP/DE), Kana Umeda (JP), Petite Friture (FR), Phenomena (JP), Talia Radford (AU), Studio Oddness (NL)

July 28 - Sept 4
Ubi Topyoung 2016

From over 50 Asian jewellery graduates a jury selected the 10 best submissions. A range of innovative and elegant pieces and personal stories expressed in jewellery. The artists worked with concrete, brass, leather, textile, acrylic, horsehair and more.

Jewellery designers are famous for their innovative use of material and their ability to make small wearable sculptures. If you want to see what is going on in this new discipline, you can find a nice and fresh overview in Ubi Gallery. The top 3 of this award exhibition is accredited to Yenim Park, Muhua Chen, Wei Zhou. Congratulations!

Hansek Tai | Jong Seol Lim | Muhua Chen | Ruoyan Wang | Suel Ki Lee | Ting Chun Chen | Wei Zhou | Xiaoning Lin | Ye Jia | Yenim Park

Deadline June 22nd - exhibition July 28th - Sept 4th 2016
Ubi Topyoung 2016 - Award exhibition for Asian Jewellery graduates

For the 4th year in a row Ubi Gallery will organize the Ubi Topyoung graduation exhibition. The most visited exhibition of the year for young Asian jewellery talents. Are you graduating this year and do you want to know more - drop us an email on topyoung@ubigallery.com 

March 26 - May 7 2016
TRACKS: THE PERSONAL STORY OF HENG LEE, LI JING, FRANK CHAI

Frank Chai, Heng Lee and Li Jing all want one thing – to tell a story, to make sure, some things are not forgotten. Heng Lee reveals the hidden beauty of Taiwanese nature and craft. Li Jing can’t stop herself sharing the fun lead figures in all kinds of stories you can imagine yourself. And Frank Chai impresses with colourful statements, full of objects and references to the story of daily life.

The work is different in technique, material and personality. But they all invite us to enjoy our imagination and cherish hidden stories and keep memories alive.

Heng Lee is educated as a jewellery artist in Taiwan. He is inspired by Chinese traditional crafts, as embroidery from the many ethnic minorities. He enlarges the colourful embroidery pattern and attaches this to the laser cut stainless steel. In this specific series of works, he used flowers that only grow in Taiwan, hence the title of the collection ‘Floral print of Formosa.’ His works shows you the pixel structure of the enlargement and the details and texture of the flower embroidery. He is literally building a bridge between traditional and contemporary crafts.

On one hand images on the internet give you the opportunity to see details of nature, that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. On the other hand, you can see so many pictures online, that you might forget where they really come from. This tension inspired Heng Lee to use natural images, traditional crafts and digital technology all in one. He reveals hidden beauty into beautiful patterns. For the first time we will show his new, smaller sized work.