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Article  /  ArtistsBehind the Scenes
Published: 01.04.2015
Author:
Yung-huei Chao
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Taiwan
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Intro
Bubble Land reflects the state of solitary as a working individual, and as an inseparable part of the community or human nation simultaneously. It is also an image of the present situation of the land we live in.
 
Bench 886 consists of ten jewellers from Taiwan, who usually work independently but decided to collaborate for a group show during Schmuck week in Munich. 
 
In 2014, we made our debut exhibition titled “Ni Hao” (Hello) as an initiative gesture to break into the jewellery week. With the positive responses and encouragement from the public, lead us to present a themed exhibition in 2015.

Exhibition Ni Hao during Schmuck 2014
 
Ni Hao was an introduction to connect viewers and the community in the Far East, which gave a rise to curiosity and fascination towards our common background, Taiwan. This prompts us to focus on a centralized concept shared by all ten jewelers, and yet delivering a multi-perspective interpretation of the culture.

Bubble Land reflects the state of solitary as a working individual, and as an inseparable part of the community or human nation simultaneously. It is also an image of the present situation of the land we live in.

"Capturing and reconstructing impressions on the land of our time"

Every jewellery and art piece is compiled of reassembled fragments of life experience, influenced subconsciously by the maker’s surrounding, integrated through making and experimenting process to create an evident story.


Bubble Land, Munich March 2015

Han-chieh Chuang

Mei-fang Chiang

Heng Lee (left), Ying-hsiu Chen (right)

Ying-hsun Hsu
 
Aside from the work pieces displayed on walls and platforms in ten sections, photographs, collectables and test pieces provided by each exhibitor were also presented, inserted into bubbles that were scattered around the gallery space, which attracted viewers to observe and develop a more profound image of the exhibition theme. Luckily, this approach stimulated our dialogue with the visitors, but also nourished us with feedbacks, mainly of their interest in our choices of materials, strongly believed to be driven by the Taiwanese industrial and production background status.

Cai-xuan Wu

Part of exhibition installation

Installation detail
 
The idea of bubbles is further extended to the inner corner of the gallery; where a section of the wall is filled with a sea of mingled bubbles, clinging to one another, each containing a small version jewellery of one exhibitor. The lightness of this airy presentation excited the crowd to urge an opportunity of friendly jewellery investment. We are fortunate to have this playful interaction coinciding with the show title that brings a relaxing and cheerful atmosphere, spontaneously conveying our energy and notion towards everyday life.
 

Visitors in Bubble Land
 
Inner spread, exhibition catalogue
 
Along with the theme, Bubble Land’s catalogue is designed into front and back sections, with the front documenting ten series of works, and the back with images of our surrounding environment taken at different time phases: traces and triggers of the works found on the other half of the catalogue. Flipping back and forth and changing sides is everyone’s first reaction while skimming through. We intend to lead viewers to search for clues and ideas between images, just as everyone defines bubble and land differently, and start to wonder why we chose the title.

 
Bubble Land exhibition catalogue

 


Bench886: Yung-Huei Chao, Ying-Hsiu Chen, Mei-Fang Chiang, Han-Chieh Chuang, Ying-Hsun (Zita) Hsu, Heng Lee, Yu-Ping Lin, Shih-Dea (Deborah) Tseng, Cai-Xuan Wu, Wen-Miao Yeh
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