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Samples of Time by Yi Li

Exhibition  /  06 Sep 2020  -  13 Sep 2020
Published: 07.09.2020
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Intro
The coming event of The Small Jewelry Exhibition is honored to bring you: Samples of Time - the solo exhibition of young jewelry artist Li Yi. With regard to the artist, first of all, we must mention about a We-Media Public Account “All About Jewelry” that she manages. I believe many friends in the jewelry circle are following this account. Established during her spare time, Li Yi aims to discover and promote information and events related to contemporary jewelry art through this comprehensive platform. In this way, she is dedicating her best effort for the profession she loves.

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Yi Li
Although We-Media sounds like a word closely related to the times, she said that she was actually an outdated person, as she always stayed in manual labor to seek for fun.
 
Li Yi’s new series of works adopt hand-engraving as the original motivation. She gained ideas from the pure labor process, and gradually advanced them into an entire series. Her works expanded in two directions by taking time as the axis, and were then simultaneously presented as two independent parts.


Attenuation of Time
Li Yi chose to use ox horns, sheep horns and wood for her creations. These natural materials, which are formed through accumulation of time, seem to be the frozen time itself in her eyes. At the same time, engraving is a working mode taking time as a tool. Her works were mined from a massive volume of raw materials, and were eventually frozen between damage and integrity throughout constant effort of her hands. The creation process therefore becomes a process of using time to reshape time.
 
The word handcraft seems to be a little bit too extravagant in the context of the current era. It is no longer a mainstream production method, often implying multi-fold consumption of time and energy. Handcraft products are neither efficient nor convenient, and the outcome is often imperfect. In terms of commercial value, their cost performance is not good enough. The behavior of handcraft has no chance to race against the times, but can only stubbornly follow its own pace in a hurry or slow way. For handcrafters, time is limited.
 
The result brought about by handcraft is unique. On the long axis of time, both the physical engraving works and the behavior of hand-engraving are moving towards the direction of constant attenuation, until that the materials disappear in the process of wearing, until that the works decay and return to the nature, and until that the power of handcraft is gradually forgotten.
 

Growth of Time
In the process while Li Yi was creating with her hands, she always thought of the ideals of those advocates of Art Nouveau during the Industrial Revolution. New technology is a product that conforms to the times. No matter when, we are always destined to adapt to a faster and a more progressive new world.
 
With the help of ever-changing technological means, our scale of perception of time has drastically changed. The ability to master more effective working methods within unit time seems to give us the power to extend the length of time, so as to produce everything we need as fast as possible, even including art works. For the new technology, time has unlimited possibilities.
 
This is another direction on the axis of time: the unlimited growth of time. By using the 3D scanning and full-color printing technology, Li Yi attempts to replicate the important elements in the engraving works. This is the rebirth of the attenuated time. In this way, unique handcraft products are transformed into an unlimited number of replicas.
 
These replicas are no longer simple reproductions and restorations. They can easily change their shapes, volumes, and obtain richer textures and colors. They can develop a new self, becoming leaping and creative nodes in infinite time.
 

Becoming Samples

What link these two directions together are works created by Li Yi with her ego as the main body. These works record the real time in life with the simple method that is most familiar to the creator. It takes 5 hours, 10 hours, or even a longer time to make an engraving work. They faithfully record the intangible short moments in the creator’s life and become tangible samples of time. These works are the immovable midpoints on the axis of time, which aim to find the most real balance in the eternal attenuation and growth of time.
 

We sincerely welcome you to visit our exhibition site to experience the collision and fusion of the two technologies: hand-engraving and 3D full-color printing. We hope you can find the moment that impresses you from the “samples of time” displayed in the exhibition hall.
/ The Closer Gallery
 
Yi Li. Brooch: 16 Hours, 2020. Ox horn, silver, cornu gorais.. 8 x 3 x 2.5 cm. From series: Samples of Time. Yi Li
Brooch: 16 Hours, 2020
Ox horn, silver, cornu gorais.
8 x 3 x 2.5 cm
From series: Samples of Time
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Yi Li. Brooch: 16 Hours, 2020. Ox horn, silver, cornu gorais.. 8 x 3 x 2.5 cm. From series: Samples of Time. Alternative view.. Yi Li
Brooch: 16 Hours, 2020
Ox horn, silver, cornu gorais.
8 x 3 x 2.5 cm
From series: Samples of Time

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Yi Li. Ring: 11 Hours, 2020. Horn. 8.5 x 6 x 2.5 cm. From series: Samples of Time. Yi Li
Ring: 11 Hours, 2020
Horn
8.5 x 6 x 2.5 cm
From series: Samples of Time
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Yi Li. Brooch: 10 Hours, 2020. Ox horn, silver, cornu gorais.. 13 x 5 x 2 cm. From series: Samples of Time. Yi Li
Brooch: 10 Hours, 2020
Ox horn, silver, cornu gorais.
13 x 5 x 2 cm
From series: Samples of Time
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Yi Li. Necklace: Dark Night, 2020. Ox horn, silver, steel.. 20 x 30 x 4 cm. From series: Samples of Time. Yi Li
Necklace: Dark Night, 2020
Ox horn, silver, steel.
20 x 30 x 4 cm
From series: Samples of Time
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Yi Li. Necklace: Dark Night, 2020. Ox horn, silver, steel.. 20 x 30 x 4 cm. From series: Samples of Time. Details.. Yi Li
Necklace: Dark Night, 2020
Ox horn, silver, steel.
20 x 30 x 4 cm
From series: Samples of Time

Details.

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Yi Li. Brooch: 7 Hours, 2020. Ox horn, silver.. 6 x 4 x 2 cm. From series: Samples of Time. Yi Li
Brooch: 7 Hours, 2020
Ox horn, silver.
6 x 4 x 2 cm
From series: Samples of Time
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Yi Li. Brooch: 7 Hours, 2020. Ox horn, silver.. 6 x 4 x 2 cm. From series: Samples of Time. Alternative view. . Yi Li
Brooch: 7 Hours, 2020
Ox horn, silver.
6 x 4 x 2 cm
From series: Samples of Time

Alternative view.

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Yi Li. Ring: 9 Hours, 2020. Boxwood.. 6 x 3 x 4 cm. From series: Samples of Time. Yi Li
Ring: 9 Hours, 2020
Boxwood.
6 x 3 x 4 cm
From series: Samples of Time
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Yi Li. Set: Time of Growth, 2020. 3D resin.. From series: Samples of Time. Yi Li
Set: Time of Growth, 2020
3D resin.
From series: Samples of Time
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Yi Li. Necklace: Time of Growth, 2020. Resin. From series: Samples of Time. Yi Li
Necklace: Time of Growth, 2020
Resin
From series: Samples of Time
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Yi Li. Brooch: 4, 4 Hours, 2020. Ox horn, silver, cornu gorais.. 8 x 4.5 x 1 cm. From series: Samples of Time. Yi Li
Brooch: 4, 4 Hours, 2020
Ox horn, silver, cornu gorais.
8 x 4.5 x 1 cm
From series: Samples of Time
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