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Chinese Mythology

Exhibition  /  08 Aug 2020  -  11 Aug 2020
Published: 22.07.2020
Chinese Mythology.
Aotu Space No.67
Place
Beixinqiao Toutiao
Beijing
CHINA
Mail:
FeliciaVonmoE-mailgmail.com
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Phone:
008618618186728
Management:
Felicia Li
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Intro
Themed by “Chinese Mythology”, this exhibition approaches China's national character via myths and, through their creation(s) of contemporary art jewelry, expresses each artist’s exploration of cosmology, philosophical speculation, religion, natural environment, folk customs, personal ideal, view of love, or concept of Chinese traditional view of family bond. From 58 artists at home and abroad, who submitted 156 works in total, the “Chinese Mythology” organizing committee has selected 35 artists, with 74 works to enter the exhibition.

Artist list

Arson Metal, Riccardo Bonetto, Chiara Bordoni, Kim Buck, Laila Marie Costa, Corrado De Meo, Maria Rosa Franzin, Jie Gao, Kay Guo, Miao He, Ji Young Kim, Qianyi Lai, Felicia Li, Tingting Li, Yiqing Liu, Mette Olsen & Tinne Delfs, Viktoria Münzker, Anna Paparella, Eating Shen, Xiangyin Shi, Catarina Silva, Philipp Spillmann, Maja Stojkovska, Herman Sun, Mengxia Sun, Bruno Villani, Hongxia Wang, Wenjing Wang, Yi Wang, Anna Watson, Yuan Yi, Jingwen Yuan, Mingluo Zhang, Yanan Zhao, Yi Zhao, Yanfang Zheng
In terms of mythology, jewelry exists in the unique form of witchcraft-weapons: Tang Monk's Incantation of the Golden Hoop (Magic Headband), Nezha's Sky-earth loop and Red Strapping ribbon, Princess Iron-fan's palm leaf fan, etc. In terms of jewelry, from mythology, we can see traces of an individual, or an entire history of civilization. “The bewildering mythology system, the bizarre legends, and the true-to-life hero images” - they all intentionally or secretly give meaning to life and are linked to individuals' personal 'myths'. Jewels are worn next to skin to be nourished with our own lives, or embedded in our bodies by piercing, to express the expectation and identity of the self, or the joys and sorrows of life.

If we use contemporary jewelry language to show Chinese mythology, and our spirit and will to control the development of Chinese mythology, the new myths generated thereby will definitely affect the next civilization.

The “Chinese Mythology” exhibition is the first exhibition project of Vonmo studio. It is the "first five-year plan” of Vonmo, which involves a theme exhibition each year and lasts for five consecutive years. The theme of the second exhibition will be announced at the opening ceremony on Aug. 8, 2020, please stay tuned.

Click following links to read PDF files of the complete information about all artists and their work(the text is in English and Chinese):
>> Jury's Work.
>> Selected Artist Work and statement (1).
>> Selected Artist Work and statement (2).
>> Selected Artist Work and statement (3).

Judges  
Hongxia Wang, Denmark
Kim Buck, Denmark
Maria Rosa Franzin, Italy
Yi Zhao, China
 
Opening Ceremony
15:00, Aug.8, 2020

Opening Hours
12:30-21:30
 
Recommended mode of travel: Subway
Exit B, Beixinqiao Station, Line 5, go north for 100m and then turn right to Beixinqiao Toutiao, it’s on the north side of the hutong.


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Kim Buck. Pendant: My Chinese Lucky Charm, 2020. Golden wood, 999 gold, red silk.. 4.3 x 7.3 x 1 cm. This piece is a little bat, bat is "bat (animal)","bat(animal) " is "蝠fu" in Chinese,  "蝠fu" sounds "福fu", "福fu" means lucky, and In Chinese culture, bat(animal)means lucky. . Kim Buck
Pendant: My Chinese Lucky Charm, 2020
Golden wood, 999 gold, red silk.
4.3 x 7.3 x 1 cm

This piece is a little bat, bat is "bat (animal)","bat(animal) " is "蝠fu" in Chinese,  "蝠fu" sounds "福fu", "福fu" means lucky, and In Chinese culture, bat(animal)means lucky. 

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Kim Buck. Pendant: My Chinese Lucky Charm, 2020. Golden wood, 999 gold, red silk.. 4.3 x 7.3 x 1 cm. Alternative view. . Kim Buck
Pendant: My Chinese Lucky Charm, 2020
Golden wood, 999 gold, red silk.
4.3 x 7.3 x 1 cm

Alternative view.

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Maria Rosa Franzin. Necklace: The Yang in the House, 2020. Silver, red coral, pigment.. The red color represents the Yang, the active ingredient. It represents the day, the sun, the strength, the life-giving energy, the power. In this“house” the strength of color and the sign of the coral enclose the desire to keep the positive energies alive.     . Maria Rosa Franzin
Necklace: The Yang in the House, 2020
Silver, red coral, pigment.

The red color represents the Yang, the active ingredient. It represents the day, the sun, the strength, the life-giving energy, the power. In this“house” the strength of color and the sign of the coral enclose the desire to keep the positive energies alive.     

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Maria Rosa Franzin. Necklace: The Yang in the House, 2020. Silver, red coral, pigment.. Alternative view. . Maria Rosa Franzin
Necklace: The Yang in the House, 2020
Silver, red coral, pigment.

Alternative view.

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Felicia Li. Ring: Predicting through Counting Knuckles, 2020. Silver, acrylic.. Photo by: Sunmo. In ancient China, both deities and fortune-telling masters could learn about the future and far-away things by "predicting through counting knuckles” (a predicting method in The Book of Changes, one famous Chinese classic masterpiece.). "Heavenly stems" and "earthly branches" were the two most commonly used rules in this process. By moving their fingers when predicting, ancients or faeries could easily match complex information such as "heavenly stems" , "earthly branches" and “eight Diagrams”, with the five elements(metal, wood, water, fire and earth, held by the ancients to compose the physical universe and later used in physiological and pathological phenomena). In this way, they performed divination work efficiently. Nowadays, we use similar gestures to unlock the mobile phone, and then we can perform fortune-telling by various channels online (of course, most information on the Internet is the so-called official "scientific prediction"). As we can see, the way of seeking hope and comfort in a bitter life has not changed in essence since ancient times.. Felicia Li
Ring: Predicting through Counting Knuckles, 2020
Silver, acrylic.
Photo by: Sunmo

In ancient China, both deities and fortune-telling masters could learn about the future and far-away things by "predicting through counting knuckles” (a predicting method in The Book of Changes, one famous Chinese classic masterpiece.). "Heavenly stems" and "earthly branches" were the two most commonly used rules in this process. By moving their fingers when predicting, ancients or faeries could easily match complex information such as "heavenly stems" , "earthly branches" and “eight Diagrams”, with the five elements(metal, wood, water, fire and earth, held by the ancients to compose the physical universe and later used in physiological and pathological phenomena). In this way, they performed divination work efficiently. Nowadays, we use similar gestures to unlock the mobile phone, and then we can perform fortune-telling by various channels online (of course, most information on the Internet is the so-called official "scientific prediction"). As we can see, the way of seeking hope and comfort in a bitter life has not changed in essence since ancient times.

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Felicia Li. Ring: Predicting through Counting Knuckles, 2020. Silver, acrylic.. Photo by: Sunmo. Felicia Li
Ring: Predicting through Counting Knuckles, 2020
Silver, acrylic.
Photo by: Sunmo
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Felicia Li. Ring: Predicting through Counting Knuckles, 2020. Silver, acrylic.. Photo by: Sunmo. Felicia Li
Ring: Predicting through Counting Knuckles, 2020
Silver, acrylic.
Photo by: Sunmo
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Felicia Li. Piece: Predicting through Counting Knuckles, 2020. Silver.. 2 x 3 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Sunmo. Thumb cover.. Felicia Li
Piece: Predicting through Counting Knuckles, 2020
Silver.
2 x 3 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Sunmo
Thumb cover.

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Felicia Li. Ring: Predicting through Counting Knuckles, 2020. Silver, acrylic.. Photo by: Sunmo. On body. . Felicia Li
Ring: Predicting through Counting Knuckles, 2020
Silver, acrylic.
Photo by: Sunmo

On body.

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Hongxia Wang. Brooch: ROOTS, 2020. Oak, 925 silver, enamel.. 8 x 8 x 1.7 cm. Photo by: Kim Buck. Many of the Chinese people’s beliefs are acquired in the blessings of the God of Wealth in their daily life, including eating, drinking, housing, and transportation. It's a religion that adults teach their children unconsciously.. Hongxia Wang
Brooch: ROOTS, 2020
Oak, 925 silver, enamel.
8 x 8 x 1.7 cm
Photo by: Kim Buck

Many of the Chinese people’s beliefs are acquired in the blessings of the God of Wealth in their daily life, including eating, drinking, housing, and transportation. It's a religion that adults teach their children unconsciously.

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Hongxia Wang. Brooch: ROOTS, 2020. 925 silver, enamel.. 1.2 x 1 x 5 cm. Photo by: Hongxia Wang. Hongxia Wang
Brooch: ROOTS, 2020
925 silver, enamel.
1.2 x 1 x 5 cm
Photo by: Hongxia Wang
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Yi Zhao. Head Piece: Gold Makes You Immortal, 2020. Gold, 85%Silver, Spring.. Buddhism was introduced into China in the Han Dynasty in the AD, and a "backlight" image behind the Buddha was also introduced, which was called "Buddha light" -- it was considered as the light emitted by the Buddha's head wheel, implying that the Buddha brought light to the world. It also means that the Buddha's power is boundless, and the consciousness of all living beings is like the sun breaking through the darkness. Later, Buddha light gradually became the standard way of Buddha. Even after some ordinary people with special personality were deified, they had a golden Buddha light to show his extraordinary and divine nature. For example, the Martial Saint Guan Yunchang, the Literary sage Confucius and the Medical Saint Sun Simiao used the Buddha light as the immortal symbol in the sculptures and New Year pictures. At the same time, since ancient times, gold has been endowed with immortal spiritual value. For example, the ancients thought that "gold can get immortality by eating utensils". People generally believe that gold has the effect of protecting the body and mind of the dead and becoming immortality. The work is made of gold, which refines the large and complex Buddha light and makes it wearable. All living beings suffer. Who doesn't want to become an immortal as soon as possible? This may be the greatest consolation of myth.. Yi Zhao
Head Piece: Gold Makes You Immortal, 2020
Gold, 85%Silver, Spring.

Buddhism was introduced into China in the Han Dynasty in the AD, and a "backlight" image behind the Buddha was also introduced, which was called "Buddha light" -- it was considered as the light emitted by the Buddha's head wheel, implying that the Buddha brought light to the world. It also means that the Buddha's power is boundless, and the consciousness of all living beings is like the sun breaking through the darkness. Later, Buddha light gradually became the standard way of Buddha. Even after some ordinary people with special personality were deified, they had a golden Buddha light to show his extraordinary and divine nature. For example, the Martial Saint Guan Yunchang, the Literary sage Confucius and the Medical Saint Sun Simiao used the Buddha light as the immortal symbol in the sculptures and New Year pictures. At the same time, since ancient times, gold has been endowed with immortal spiritual value. For example, the ancients thought that "gold can get immortality by eating utensils". People generally believe that gold has the effect of protecting the body and mind of the dead and becoming immortality. The work is made of gold, which refines the large and complex Buddha light and makes it wearable. All living beings suffer. Who doesn't want to become an immortal as soon as possible? This may be the greatest consolation of myth.

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Yi Zhao. Head Piece: Gold Makes You Immortal, 2020. Gold, 85%Silver, Spring.. On body.. Yi Zhao
Head Piece: Gold Makes You Immortal, 2020
Gold, 85%Silver, Spring.

On body.

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Philipp Spillmann. Necklace: Daily grains, 2020. Carved out of white plastic chopsticks, artificial silk cord.. 40 x 0.7 x 1.5 cm. Photo by: Aliona Pazdniakova. 
. Illustrated with objects.. Philipp Spillmann
Necklace: Daily grains, 2020
Carved out of white plastic chopsticks, artificial silk cord.
40 x 0.7 x 1.5 cm
Photo by: Aliona Pazdniakova

Illustrated with objects.

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Mengxia Sun. Brooch: Pangu separates heaven and earth 1, 2020. Brass, pearl, resin, glass.. 7 x13 cm. Photo by: Mengxia Sun. Mengxia Sun
Brooch: Pangu separates heaven and earth 1, 2020
Brass, pearl, resin, glass.
7 x13 cm
Photo by: Mengxia Sun
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Catarina Silva. Necklace: Dragon King’s relics, 2020. Glass beads, nylon thread.. Various sizes. Photo by: Pedro Sequeira. Catarina Silva
Necklace: Dragon King’s relics, 2020
Glass beads, nylon thread.
Various sizes
Photo by: Pedro Sequeira
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Kay Guo. Object: God Style, 2017. 18k gold. 0.56 x 0.57 cm. Photo by: Kay Guo. Kay Guo
Object: God Style, 2017
18k gold
0.56 x 0.57 cm
Photo by: Kay Guo
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Jingwen Yuan. Object: oyster & sea, 2019. Fine silver. 2.2 x 1.6 x 0.67 cm. Photo by: Jingwen Yuan. Jingwen Yuan
Object: oyster & sea, 2019
Fine silver
2.2 x 1.6 x 0.67 cm
Photo by: Jingwen Yuan
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Ji Young Kim. Necklace: Pangu goes the age of loss, 2020. Sterling silver, mixed media.. 50 - 90 x 1 cm. Photo by: Ji Young Kim. Ji Young Kim
Necklace: Pangu goes the age of loss, 2020
Sterling silver, mixed media.
50 - 90 x 1 cm
Photo by: Ji Young Kim
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Ji Young Kim. Necklace: Pangu goes the age of loss, 2020. Sterling silver, mixed media.. 50 - 90 x 1 cm. Photo by: Ji Young Kim. Alternative view. Ji Young Kim
Necklace: Pangu goes the age of loss, 2020
Sterling silver, mixed media.
50 - 90 x 1 cm
Photo by: Ji Young Kim

Alternative view

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