contemporary
jewellery & ceramics
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.

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.

Frank Chai started with fashion design and switched to jewellery design, which he studied in Shanghai and Birmhingham. His work is narrative, due to the found objects that play a central role in his pieces. Those objects reflect on his daily life and dream world. They are part of his environment and don’t conceal hidden meanings. For him art is a way of recording, keep things alive, that otherwise might be forgotten. His objects are not selected because of its material, but he is interested in the way the object can communicate and tell a story. His work is quite dramatic in size, colour and esthetics. He likes that his work catches people’s eyes and are statements and most of all good looking pieces in every sense.

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.

Li Jing is educated in printmaking and engraving. She developed her taste for storytelling and creating her own animations and figures. When she made some copperplate engravings of her humorous animal stories, she noticed that the audience was as interested in the sparkling copperplates as in the final prints. That made her wonder if she could use the copperplates in a more profound way. She continued her education at the jewellery department of Tsinghua University and worked on her series of copper engraved brooches and necklaces. She uses copper, brass, Japanese pure gold and silver foil. The coloring ink is commonly used for printing RMB notes, which gives a special shine and depths to the pieces. The metal surface is coated with an anti – oxidation layer.

Sept 24 - Oct 20
FLOW by Babs Haenen | Ubi at BJDW

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 wearable porcelain pieces designed by renowned Dutch artist Peter Hoogeboom and the family of vessels by the master ceramicist Babs Haenen.

 

Haenen's work has also been inspired by her time in China. Her design collection, Flow, grew out of several years spent at Jingdezhen. In these pieces, the Chinese waterfall and Dutch seashore have melded together. The rim of many of her pieces have a stylized sunflower shaped edge. The sunflower is a symbol of vitality, the flower of light. By playing with the porcelain lines, Haenen creates a rhythm within her pieces, bringing abstract expressionism and calligraphy together. Haenen's work has been collected by leading national and international museums and private collectors, and has won several awards, including the Inax Design Prize.

 

Sept 24 - Oct 20
CHINAWEAR by Peter Hoogeboom | Ubi at BJDW

 

 

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 wearable porcelain pieces designed by renowned Dutch artist Peter Hoogeboom and the family of vessels by the master ceramicist Babs Haenen.

 

‘Chinawear’ will show pieces from the early years of Hoogeboom’s career to the present. His longstanding interest in Dutch ceramics (e.g., blue and white Delftware, terra cotta flowerpots), has been enhanced by travel to Southeast Asia and China, which has introduced him to Asian vessels and flora, and industrially manufactured plastic and rubber objects which, with their compelling textured surfaces, are excellent for use as molds.

 

Hoogeboom will be in town during Beijing Design Week and will work together with students from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. His collaboration with these young artists will be documented and shown at Ubi Gallery during the festival.

 

 

Aug 22 – Sept 20 2015
Ubi Topyoung 2015

From over 50 Asian jewellery graduates a jury selected the 12 best submissions. A range of innovative and elegant pieces and personal stories expressed in jewellery. The artists worked with enamel kitchenware, gloves, electronic waste material, Korean paper, gemstones, wood 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 opening of the exhibition will be 22nd of Aug. Several artists will be there to introduce their work to you. They are happy to meet you and you are more than welcome to join.

Opening August 22 | 62 Yangmeizhu | 16:00-18:00 

Andi Tong | Bin Jia | Jianxiong Zhao | Kanyawee Witsawawatin | Mian Wu | Wei Lah Poh | Sangji Yun | Tala Yuan | Weifang Liu | Zixin Wei | Xinran Han | Yanan Zhao