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Oscillations. MA Graduates Show. School of Jewellery Birmingham City University in Munich

Exhibition  /  TravellingExhibition   MunichJewelleryWeek2019  /  14 Mar 2019  -  17 Mar 2019
Published: 22.01.2019
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Intro
Jewellery captures and carries a myriad of ideas around the social role, relationships, identity, emotional connections; art jewellery pushes these variations and oscillations (The school of jewellery masters class of 2018) still further. The group exhibition travels from Birmingham to Munich this March.

Artist list

Yanyu Chen, Chun Cheng, Naomi Clarke, Yahan Fan, Spam Glam, Yuexin He, Chloe Henderson, Yasi Hu, Dantong Huang, Ningjue Ji, Qixuan Jin, Prim Li, Jiru Lin, Yi Mu, Yiji Pan, Haochen Shih, Jingyao Sun, Mengjing Tian, Yichen Wang, Yueshan Wang, Xingxing Yu, Bingchan Yuan, Jiaqi Zhang, Zihan Zhou
For the artists exhibiting here, these ideas are imbued with cultural resonances, often informed by the distances travelled – personally, as well as geographically. Yearning for the familiar has led some to search out materials that bear poetic traces of home – autumnal leaves, flawed concrete, reflective acrylic – whereas others have used their practice to prise open and probe the rupture in their lives created by the migrations that they have made. They have been taking in soundings, contemplating jewellery’s capacity to carry a narrative, to communicate their ideas and challenge thinking. And yet, amongst all this variation and divergence, can we see evidence of a central value around which jewellery oscillates?

Throughout, there is a focus on play, and the wear and use of jewellery. Having coaxed their works into life, the artists have followed the process through, exploring the role jewellery plays once it leaves the jeweller’s bench and makes its own way in the world. They celebrate the fact that, in use, jewellery becomes a vehicle to bring wearers and viewers together, sharing a moment of appreciation or fun. It is created to be worn, experienced and – above all – enjoyed.


The exhibition is organised by the Birmingham City School of Jewellery.




This exhibition is a part of Polyphonous 2019.
Professor Jivan Astfalck, Rachel Darbourne and Laura Bradshaw-Heap have created, in partnership with Gabi Green, Polyphonous 2019, a hub of pop-up exhibitions for Munich Jewellery Week.
Studio Gabi Green has been a regular platform for the work of the team since 2012. Previous exhibitions include Suspend.ed, Suspend.ed in Pink, Subterranea and an iteration of JUNK: rubbish to gold. The gallery was the sole venue participating in MJW in the West End of Munich, Polyphonous was established in 2018 to create a hub of activity and encourage visitors.  
Gabi Green spent the summer of 2017 canvassing local businesses in the area to find suitable venues for the team to offer to other jewellery artists. Polyphonous debuted in 2018 as six exhibitions for international jewellery artists and the 2017 cohort from the MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products from the School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University.
2018 was a huge success with new local businesses and artists actively seeking to participate in the future. Polyphonous 2019 promises to be even bigger and better with eight venues showing the work of sixteen international artists from the UK, Europe and the US plus a showcase of work from the 2018 cohort of the MA at BCU.
Professor Jivan Astfalck and Rachel Darbourne, both educators, have been generously supported in this activity by their academic institutions the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and Plymouth College of Art respectively.
 









 
Yanyu Chen. Ring: B1 3PA, 2018. Concrete, resin, silver, jesmonite.. Yanyu Chen
Ring: B1 3PA, 2018
Concrete, resin, silver, jesmonite.
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Chun Cheng. Earrings: Interpersonal Connection, 2018. Acrylic, elastic cord.. Chun Cheng
Earrings: Interpersonal Connection, 2018
Acrylic, elastic cord.
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Naomi Clarke. Brooch: Magnetic Memories, 2018. Vitreous enamel, steel, bocote wood, tulipwood, neodymium magnets.. Naomi Clarke
Brooch: Magnetic Memories, 2018
Vitreous enamel, steel, bocote wood, tulipwood, neodymium magnets.
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Yahan Fan. Brooch: Bubble Pop, 2018. Acrylic, TPU, PVC.. Yahan Fan
Brooch: Bubble Pop, 2018
Acrylic, TPU, PVC.
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Xinrui Fu. Earrings: Vision of Depth, 2018. Acrylic, resin, brass, silver, rope.. Xinrui Fu
Earrings: Vision of Depth, 2018
Acrylic, resin, brass, silver, rope.
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Spam Glam. Necklace: Time Capsule Creations, 2018. Plastic Iceland bags, textile, thread, tape, glue.. Photo by: Greenlandphotography. Spam Glam
Necklace: Time Capsule Creations, 2018
Plastic Iceland bags, textile, thread, tape, glue.
Photo by: Greenlandphotography
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Yuexin He. Necklace: Remains, 2018. Resin, eggshell, silver, gold plating.. Yuexin He
Necklace: Remains, 2018
Resin, eggshell, silver, gold plating.
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Chloe Henderson. Piece: The Chimera Artist, 2018. Film, humans and infection powder.. Film. Chloe Henderson
Piece: The Chimera Artist, 2018
Film, humans and infection powder.
Film

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Yasi Hu. Necklace: My Uncanny, 2018. Silicon, resin,. Yasi Hu
Necklace: My Uncanny, 2018
Silicon, resin,
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Dantong Huang. Necklace: Kinetic Energy, 2018. Acrylic, TPU.. Dantong Huang
Necklace: Kinetic Energy, 2018
Acrylic, TPU.
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Ningjue Ji. Necklace: Your scarring is beautiful, 2018. Thread, cotton, beads, fabric, brass.. Ningjue Ji
Necklace: Your scarring is beautiful, 2018
Thread, cotton, beads, fabric, brass.
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Qixuan Jin. Necklace: The Relationship Between Movement and Colour, 2018. Fabric, acrylic.. Qixuan Jin
Necklace: The Relationship Between Movement and Colour, 2018
Fabric, acrylic.
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Prim Li. Necklace: Second ”skin”, 2018. (PLA), silicon rubber.. Prim Li
Necklace: Second ”skin”, 2018
(PLA), silicon rubber.
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Jiru Lin. Necklace: Variation, 2018. Jesmonite, silver, silk, mesh tube.. Jiru Lin
Necklace: Variation, 2018
Jesmonite, silver, silk, mesh tube.
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Yiji Pan. Necklace: Light, 2018. Acrylic. Yiji Pan
Necklace: Light, 2018
Acrylic
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Haochen Shih. Ring: Regeneration, 2018. Plastic bags, acrylic, sliver.. Haochen Shih
Ring: Regeneration, 2018
Plastic bags, acrylic, sliver.
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Jingyao Sun. Brooch: Leaf Cycle, 2018. Leaves, copper, brass.. Jingyao Sun
Brooch: Leaf Cycle, 2018
Leaves, copper, brass.
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Mengjing Tian. Ring: Reframe, 2018. Acrylic, resin, copper wire, cotton thread.. Mengjing Tian
Ring: Reframe, 2018
Acrylic, resin, copper wire, cotton thread.
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Yichen Wang. Necklace: Resonating, 2018. Olive, wood, silk, silver, resin.. Yichen Wang
Necklace: Resonating, 2018
Olive, wood, silk, silver, resin.
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Yueshan Wang. Head Piece: Soothing Cocoons, 2018. Wool, silk, pearl, faux.. Yueshan Wang
Head Piece: Soothing Cocoons, 2018
Wool, silk, pearl, faux.
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Yi Mu. Set: What Affects your Perception of Things?, 2018. Acrylic sheet, gilding.. Yi Mu
Set: What Affects your Perception of Things?, 2018
Acrylic sheet, gilding.
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Xingxing Yu. Necklace: Colourful Plants and Negligible Defence, 2018. Sponge, plaster, felt, lycra.. Xingxing Yu
Necklace: Colourful Plants and Negligible Defence, 2018
Sponge, plaster, felt, lycra.
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Bingchan Yuan. Ring: Reflection, 2018. Acrylic, aluminium, resin.. Bingchan Yuan
Ring: Reflection, 2018
Acrylic, aluminium, resin.
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Jiaqi Zhang. Brooch: Food, Fat, Anxiety, 2018. Brass, sugar, spray, resin.. Jiaqi Zhang
Brooch: Food, Fat, Anxiety, 2018
Brass, sugar, spray, resin.
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Zihan Zhou. Brooch: Gold Tag, 2018. Brass, gold plating.. Zihan Zhou
Brooch: Gold Tag, 2018
Brass, gold plating.
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